case interview practice

Tips for Case Interview Mastery

There are lots of little things that separate a candidate who does a good job on a case vs. an excellent job. While it’s not necessary to be perfect on every case, it is necessary to come pretty close most of the time. It is far easier to have a higher success rate and be more consistent if you [...]

Case Interview Practice Tip – Record Yourself and Listen to Your Performance

Recently a CaseInterview.com student sent me this case interview practice suggestion about recording and then analyzing your own performance in a case interview. I think this is a great idea and wish I had thought if it myself when I was preparing. Below is the student’s tip as well as my response where I go [...]

How to Develop Insight in a Case Interview

Being insightful in a case interview is an important skill, especially as you get in more competitive environments (like a final round interview). Being insightful is analyzing the data and noticing an important relationship that would be significant to the client/CEO. To over generalize, there are three kinds of insights: 1) Positive 2) Avoid a Negative [...]

Why Case Interview Preparation is so Important

Consulting is a very competitive field, with most firms receiving tens of thousands of applicants each year. Regardless of one’s natural intellect and career qualifications, I continue to be amazed by the number of emails I receive from people who put in only one or two days of preparation, got rejected and are surprised by [...]

Case Interview Preparation Time

One of the most common questions I am asked is how much time is needed to prepare for case interviews? My response is typically extensive preparation gives you an enormous advantage. The ratio is probably 15:1 or 20:1 in favor of the person who prepares a lot vs. someone who prepares little. Now for some people, [...]

How to Practice Cases Without a Partner

A question I receive quite often is How to Practice Case Interviews Alone? I will be honest it is hard to practice case interviews on your own but not impossible. Most of my case interview prep was done by myself. I would typically get a copy of the latest Business Week which would report all the major [...]

Facing Rejection from Consulting Firms

Facing rejection from consulting firms is an emotional topic especially with the time and effort candidates put in preparing for the case interview. I recently received this question from a reader about being rejected from all of the consulting jobs they applied for, here is the question and my response to dealing with not getting [...]

Case Practice for Experienced Hires?

Question: You have a great site but looks like caters to only fresh grads/MBAs! I wish I practiced cases well. McK interviewed me twice and I screwed it up both the times. I am a [U.S. University] grad (MBA), working for [tech firm] business consulting for 4 years. Now thinking of applying to other consulting [...]

Math Never Lies, But it Often Misleads

I’m often fond of saying that: Math Never Lies, But It Does Often Mislead Let me give you an example to illustrate this point. Let’s say you use math to analyze a client and discover they generate $100 million in profit. Is this good or bad? It’s a simple question. From a math perspective, all [...]

Case Interview Prep Methods

Question: I just wanted to inform you that I followed your approach to networking with consultants at the top consultancy firms (MBB). I had many meetings and spoke to several Partners at the firms in person after using social media to get in contact with them. At one meeting (just three weeks ago), my informational [...]

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