case interview frameworks

Identifying Key Drivers in a Case Interview

One of the nuanced skills that I’m noticing some people having difficulty with is the ability to identify the “key drivers” behind a particular business trend. Mastering this skill is not only important in a case interview, but is arguably far more important after the case interview — when you are doing real client work. [...]

Case Interview Advice from Another McKinsey New Hire

Field Report: Just a brief note to say thank you for your emails. I actually didn’t use the LOMS program – or your frameworks! By far, the most valuable thing (for me) was the insight into the mindset of consultants and interviewers, which is what your emails provided. It affords a real sense of perspective [...]

Using Creativity in a Case Interview

Question: Thanks to the material proposed on your website as well as to a lot of practice sessions with my friends (I don’t have a business background), I managed to successfully pass my first round interview with BCG. One of the feedback elements concerned the lack of creativity in my approach. Could you please comment [...]

Interviewer-Led Case Interview

Question: I have a case interview with a Top 3 firm in two days’ time. Thank you for the excellent materials that you’ve put up on this site. I am using your case interview preparation videos and the LOMS program exclusively to prepare for my interview. Your materials have really given me a lot of [...]

Intuition and Structured Problem Solving in Case Interviews

Question: I appreciate your response and just had a quick opinion question. I spoke to a friend of mine, ex-Mckinsey consultant and interviewer. He said, when I asked him about casework and interviews, that there is a key that many people who employ solely the framework miss out on. It seems a bit different from [...]

How to Solve a Case When Standard Frameworks Don't Apply

Question: Thank you for all the great material you provide. It really helps me understand what a case interview is and how to tackle a case. I am still far from mastering the frameworks, but I am getting more and more confident. I have specific questions that I found during the study process and look [...]

Stuck on This Case Question

Question: I have a question regarding a case I had in an interview with AT Kearney last month.  It started out as a simple profitability problem, which I worked through, and drilled it out to be that raw materials had spiked in cost over the past two years. I then broke it down to find [...]

Using Marc Cosentino's and Other Case Interview Frameworks

Question: My first question relates to the utilization of all the various frameworks out there. I’m not sure how familiar you are with Marc Cosentino’s and other case interview frameworks out there, but do you have a suggestion on how to incorporate your frameworks with the other tools out there?  I’ve been thinking about the best [...]

Marc Cosentino

Question About Marc Cosentino’s Case in Point: I had a question for you about your 4 frameworks versus the 11 frameworks from Marc Cosentino’s Case In Point. Cosentino specifically mentions that using a case question framework like the “4 C’s” or “5 P’s” is looked down upon by interviewers; however, your business situation framework is very similar to these. [...]

Bain Interview Success

Success Story: Just received an offer at Bain & Co. What luck to have come across your website a week before the final round! What separates your exposition about applying frameworks to case interviews (and life really!) from all the other ‘for-profit’ guides is the focus on ‘application’ as opposed to ‘framework’. It was never [...]

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