case interview

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 [...]

How to Dress for a Case Interview

Question: From what I have seen in your website and from having spoken to few others, I realize that its likely I might get through the first filtering process, since I have a good school name as a backup, and my academic record and extra curricular activities are not bad. That brings me to my [...]

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 [...]

Applying from Top 30 B-School

Question: Though my school is a top 30 b-school, none of the consulting companies recruit at our campus. I am quite interested in consulting as a career and I am currently interning with a small consulting firm in India. I have four years of experience in the field of Technology Consulting. Further, I have worked [...]

Offer from Top 3 Firm - Grad from "No Name" B-School

With the help of your videos, among other things, I received an offer from a Top 3 today.  I stumbled across your videos right after my 1st round interview with a top 3 firm. I had used the Vault guide to make my way through 1st round, and after receiving feedback, I needed more structure [...]

Should MBAs Include Undergrad GPA on Resume?

Question: For applicants with an MBA or advanced degree, is undergrad GPA important to put on your consulting resume? I am starting a Master’s of Int’l Business at XXXXXXXXX (A top 25 MBA program) and hoping to do a McKinsey internship next summer.  I have high test scores and, being older and wiser and with [...]

Does Framework Selection Matter?

Question 1: In your videos you recommended to start broad. I noticed you always apply the 3CP: consumer, company, competition, products and you mentioned in the videos that many ways lead to the case ‘solution’ but you prefer to start with the consumers. Do interviewers actually care about the framework? Response 1: I think most [...]

Exploding Job Offer

Exploding Job Offer Question: I received my first strategy consulting offer with (Name of Top 10 Firm Withheld). What is your view about this? They gave me 2 weeks to decide on this exploding offer, I have other interviews lined up as well. I was wondering, you mentioned you had many offers with the leading [...]

Forecasting Demand / Thinking Outside the Box

Question: Do you have any tips for thinking out of the box?  (e.g. when building a bridge there could be projected utilization but also latent demand later when the bridge has been built, etc.) My Reply: This is tricky one to prep for. I find people are either naturally lateral (out of the box) thinkers, [...]

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