case interview questions

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 [...]

Salary Expectations for a Consulting Job

Question: I am fan of your mails these days since I registered.  I would like to inform you that I received an email from a consulting firm showing interest in my application. I am now asked for my salary expectations. I have been surveying online but would like to seek your opinion regarding this. Based [...]

Case Interview Expectations for PhDs

Question: I have been keeping up with your daily newsletter. Very helpful indeed, but I couldn’t help but notice that it is perhaps mostly aimed at people with a business background of MBAs. I may be wrong. I mentioned in our earlier exchanges that my background is in [Science Field] (PhD). I have done Science [...]

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 [...]

"Leadership Case" in McKinsey Final Round

Email: I have a McKinsey final round interview in a few days and apparently, in addition to partner cases, I’ll also have a “leadership case” to solve. Here is the description I received: “It is designed to give you a greater insight into the interpersonal aspects of our work, and to help us gain an [...]

How to Work Through Case Interview Frameworks

Question: I have a question about working through case interview frameworks. In the Signs example case from the Look Over My Shoulder® recordings, I noticed that the first two candidates did not look at the cost side of the profit tree. When starting with a profit tree, should we examine both branches before moving to [...]

Differences in Case Interview Rounds

Question: Thanks for all your help! I’m just trying to understand the differences in case interview rounds — between interviewing with Associates/ Engagement Managers in Round 1, vs. Partners in final round, and trying to figure out ways I can get the partners to like me during the interview. My Reply: One of the big [...]

McKinsey Questions

Question: [My Reply in Brackets Following Each Question] 1. Is it a plus to have a summer internship with another consulting firm at CV (level of ATK, Monitor, etc.) during full-time recruiting with McKinsey? Will it help an applicant to differentiate from other candidates? Will interviewer try to find out whether this internship resulted in [...]

McKinsey Interview Questions

Question: Regarding McKinsey interview questions, I have first rounds with McKinsey coming up soon and have found your online videos to be the best resource available in terms of case interview preparation (especially when I only had one week to prepare!). With regards to your answer on how case interviewers decide, you mentioned that the [...]

The Importance of a Hypothesis in a Case Interview

Question: I will be interviewing with McKinsey next week. I’ve been watching the case interview video and it was extremely useful. However, regarding the business situation framework, I have a question. Yesterday I had my first case interview workshop in McKinsey. Two highlights from the workshop are: 1) Don’t ask too many questions or do [...]

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