case interview prep

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 [...]

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 [...]

Success without an Offer

Following is a field report from a reader that found success in improvements and personal advances, even though no offers were extended. Field Report: I recently finished final rounds with McKinsey and while I did not receive an offer, I still wanted to send a note of appreciation to you for everything you’ve provided [...] for Other Industries

Success Story: Even though I wasn’t applying for a consulting job, I read every one of your news letters, and I’m happy to say I will now work at [XXXX], a super-fast growing startup in the use-our-app-get-a-ride space. I never submitted a resume through their website, but rather, followed your advice on networking and was [...]

Why Is Victor Cheng So Damn Picky?

Question: I would like to do three things: a) Express my appreciation and gratitude for your resources and help, b) Describe the interview format I encountered at McKinsey to help prepare other applicants, c) Ask you about your professional opinion on two competing offers (McKinsey vs. Google). — a) Thanking you Thanks to your frameworks [...]

Nervousness vs. Confidence in Case Interviews

Question: Here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year! I have purchased the LOMS program, and I must thank you, for the videos have been immensely useful. I had a query and needed your help on that. I have been practising case interviews for over two months now, however, I always get a little tensed [...]

Timing of Case Interview Prep

Question: I’m new to the case interview process. I’ve just completed my first quarter of a fully-employed MBA program at [Top 50 U.S. University]. I’m working as a civil engineer, but I’m interested in switching to management consulting. I found your site and it’s been the most helpful. I faithfully read every email newsletter you [...]

Visual Aids in Case Interviews

Question: I was wondering whether, at the beginning of a case interview, it would be appropriate to use rather theoretical graphs in order to visually translate the interviewer’s question, or whether it might seem odd. So, for instance, for a market entry case, I might show the interviewer that the company must position itself on [...]

Second Round Case Interview Prep

Question: In a second round case interview next week, I’ll be giving a presentation of a case to a panel.  Does this type of interview fit into the candidate-driven type, or is it the pre-structured type? Do you have any experience with or suggestions for second round case interview prep?  Thanks. My Reply: This is [...]

Case Interview Feedback

Question: I just had my second case interview practice interview with a consultant from Mckinsey, and it was a major improvement from my first. I owe a lot to your Look Over My Shoulder® Program, it made solving the case a lot more natural. I wanted to ask you regarding feedback after a case interview, [...]

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