case interview

The Airplane Test

Question: When I interviewed for banking internships in the past I noticed , whenever you don’t like the guys (you will feel in the first second) you will not pass the interview even though you are very qualified and answered everything correctly. Perhaps this is called the airport test. Please could you give advice how [...]

Group Case Interview

Question: Thanks for all the valuable information you share on your site. Its just about the precise, concise prep I’d ever seen. I have been invited to Round 1 of McKinsey interviews later this month. The interview process has a 60 minute Analytical test (Computer based), followed by 2 case sessions where a McK facilitator [...]

McKinsey - Experienced Hire Recruiting

Question: I am looking for guidance on how the experienced hire recruiting process works, whether there has to be a specific opening in an area related to my experience for me to secure an interview and how I could improve my chances of getting an interview/offer. My Response: Unfortunately, I was never really involved in [...]

Cases for Partner-Level Hires vs Associates

Question: I am a Senior Manager at XYZ in [ABC Country] (equivalent to Manager at Bain and Associate Principal at McKinsey I think i.e. one level below partner) and have always been interested in working for Bain & Co and they have just started significant growth momentum in [ABC Country] bringing two new partners to [...]

Cracked a Case But Got Rejected Anyways

Question: I received 2 interviews with a case in each and I cracked both. Case 1 was a straight profits decline case and I found the cause and came up with recommendations to solve this in a structured logical MECE way. Case 2 was regarding to move a plant to Latin America and I calculated [...]

Case Interview Criteria for JD, MD, PhD Candidates

Question: As I was flipping through your site and others I noticed there is not a lot of information out there on non-traditional hires, particularly J.D.s I have a BCG interview on Friday, and I was just wondering if the standards for hiring are the same as for M.B.As or if they understand there will [...]

Why Did I Get Dinged?

Question: Thanks for all your help and guidance. I have seen your videos nearly 4 times now, and it was of great help for my case prep. However, I was dropped after Round 2 APD interviews. I have 2 questions that I would like you to shed some light on: 1.    The feedback I got [...]

1st Round vs. Final Round

Question: Later this week I’m going to have the last round of interviews with BCG but I was wondering if they where different from previous rounds. In the first round I got two business cases and a few questions of personal experiences. What is your advise? My Response: In my experience as both interviewee and interviewer, the [...]

When a Hypothesis Isn't Practical

Question: First of all thank you for all your free material which I find extremely useful. I have an interview coming up with McKinsey. Upon reading all your material, I have only one question that is really bothering me. From what I can tell, regardless of the cases we will receive and the frameworks we [...]

Military Vets and Consulting

Question: First I would like to express my sincere thanks to the product you’ve produced and the training material you’ve provided – I have found it most beneficial. Second – I’ve read through all of your posts and FAQs, but was unable to find any relevant material on personnel with military background, and if their [...]

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