case interview frameworks

Consulting without Business Background

Question: I have been looking through your website very attentively over the past few days because I might be fortunate enough to have an upcoming first round interview with BCG. I am extremely interested in pursuing a career in management consulting; a lot of friends and family are either currently consultants or have been consultants [...]

Which Framework for Weird Case

Question: Which framework should one use for the following case: Case question: “Due to quality issues, a cereal manufacturer had to recall $20 million worth of products. Management does not want the 20 million loss to show on their Profit and Loss statement. They have to save the money somehow. How would you approach this? [...]

McKinsey New York Offer

I have just accepted my offer from McKinsey New York and I wanted to thank you for the help I received from your website. I am an APD hire and had no business background – so your videos and frameworks were extremely helpful. Of course I did a lot of practicing and reading along the [...]

McKinsey Europe Offer

Thanks for your great resources on caseinterview.com! I got an offer from McKinsey in Europe and I think a huge part of my success is thanks to your videos. They were not only interesting but also very entertaining! I could implement most of your recommendations. When I got the case I stalled and said a [...]

BCG New York Offer

I wanted to thank you for all the advice on case interviews that you’ve shared on your website. I just received an offer to joing BCG in New York, and I am very excited. I credit a great deal of my case interview preparation to your videos. In particular, I was very comfortable with the business [...]

Weird Case Interview Questions

Question: How do you handle and prepare for a case that doesn’t fit well into a pre-defined framework? My Response: First off, it’s rare to get one of these weird cases that doesn’t fit a framework. That being said, it happens from time to time. My estimate is it happens less than 2% of the [...]

Frameworks for Non-Profit Cases

Question: Do the frameworks you present have to be modified for non-profit cases? i.e. is there anything different with a non-profit client that I need to expand the standard frameworks to address? My Reply: In general, I use similar frameworks but add a metric called “mission” — as in did you accomplish your mission as [...]

Case Interview Guide - Video 6: Profitability Framework Explanation and Demo

One of the most useful case interview frameworks is the profitability framework. When you have a BCG interview or Bain interview that starts like this “The client is in the XYZ industry. Profits have suffered the last 3 years and the client has asked you to help…”, this often calls for the profitability framework as [...]

Case Interview Guide - Video 7: Business Situation Case Interview Framework

The business situation framework (a name I made up), is one of my most frequently used frameworks. It is often the case interview framework of choice in situations involving a new product introduction, entering a new market, developing a growth strategy, or otherwise finding some way to improve a company’s market position. To learn more [...]

Does Framework Selection Matter?

Question 1: In your videos you recommended to start broad. I noticed you always apply the 3CP: consumer, company, competition, products and you mentioned in the videos that many ways lead to the case ‘solution’ but you prefer to start with the consumers. Do interviewers actually care about the framework? Response 1: I think most [...]

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