case interview questions

Market Sizing Questions

How do you solve market sizing cases with the appropriate level of detail? My advice is you set the assumptions (define them explicitly) and generally you get about five minutes, up to ten minutes max to do this. Further segmentation leads to greater accuracy, but sometimes you don’t need greater accuracy — in which case, [...]

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 [...]

McKinsey PST: (Practice Question and Answer)

One of the skills that’s being tested during a case interview is something I call data sufficiency. Basically, you have a bunch of data and the question is do you have ENOUGH data to make a particular conclusion. This is certainly something that is tested during a live, in-person, face-to-face case interview. It is also [...]

PARADE Method

The PARADE Method ™ is an approach to answering resume-oriented job interview questions. It is an approach I developed that is tailored for answering these questions in job interviews for management consulting, as well as interviews for senior executive positions in industry. The complete guide toSTAR and PARADE methodsGet my STAR Method and PARADE Method [...]

Example Boston Consulting Group Interview Question

I recently received an email from a reader about being rejected by Boston Consulting Group and how he could have better answered the case interview question he was given to help him practice for his next interview with Bain. The case interview question he was given was this: A trucking company in China had GM [...]

Case in Point

Question: Victor, first, thank you so much for the resources you’ve provided.  I have watched your lectures twice and memorized your frameworks, and I feel like they are very helpful. My question pertains to differences between what I’ve seen from your approach and that put forth in Case in Point.  Specifically, when reading through the [...]

Entering Consulting as a Seasoned Executive

Question: I stumbled upon your site via a local headhunter’s interview brief – fascinating trove of information in a world that I’ve touched but not lived in – a.k.a. management consulting.  On the other hand, I’ve been a general manager/head of operations for some highly specialized technology companies.   So this smallish consulting firm is [...]

IT Consulting Case Interviews

Question: First of all I want to thank you for your informative videos and articles on case interviews strategies. I have a background in information technologies and have an office visit interview with one of the top 4 consulting firms in the coming week. It is for an IT advisor position. I have heard that [...]

Finance Knowledge Required for Consulting Case Interviews

Question: Your website and your Look Over My Shoulder® programs are fantastic resources.  I have recommended them to many friends. My question for you is to what extent does a non-MBA candidate need to learn finance? I have been helping a friend of mine who has a PhD in a science discipline prepare for consulting [...]

Becoming More Efficient and Quantitative in Case Interviews

Question: The closest I have gotten to an offer was the final round case interview with Bain. But I got dinged, the feedback was: My pace was too slow, and I am not quantitative enough. My last shot at the consulting industry is with BCG.  I have about a month to prepare for it, and [...]

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