confidence in a case interview

Tip for "Low Energy Level"

Question: First of all, I would like to thank you for all the materials you shared. It is exteremely valuable, the best out there! In my preparation I have used your video lectures, your mailing list for general advice, and MBA casebooks that can be found on the net for practice with friends. (I am [...]

The Importance of Confidence

This success story shows how much networking and confidence can make a difference in the case interview process. Success Story: I’m a PhD student at [private U.S. university] studying [science major]. I received a job offer from BCG after 5 one-on-one interviews and I’m ecstatic!  I didn’t think I would ever have a chance to [...]

The Uncertainty Arbitrage

There is a simple principle the underlies the relationship between client and consulting firm. It is something I call the Uncertainty Arbitrage. While uncertainty is self explanatory, if you’re not from a finance background, the concept of arbitrage may be new to you. In its usual context, arbitrage is a financial trading strategy design to exploit goods that are [...]

Business Experience for Consulting Interviews

Question: Recently I interviewed with McKinsey and Bain in Eastern Europe, got to the final rounds at both but did not get an offer. Especially getting rejected at Bain was devastating as it would be my dream company because of the cultural fit. My Bain interviewers encouraged me to get some more business experience, practise and reapply in 6 [...]

Case Interview Advice from Another McKinsey New Hire

Field Report: Just a brief note to say thank you for your emails. I actually didn’t use the LOMS program – or your frameworks! By far, the most valuable thing (for me) was the insight into the mindset of consultants and interviewers, which is what your emails provided. It affords a real sense of perspective [...]

Improving Case Interview Skills After a Rejection

Question: Unfortunately, yesterday I received the feedback after my first round interview at Bain [Europe]. The approach and the solution to the cases was correct, but I didn’t pass for the following reasons: 1) incisiveness not so high (i.e. lack of “verve”) 2) few analytical mistakes As an engineer with an MBA, I could say [...]

More on Confidence in Case Interviews

Email: I am a regular reader of your emails discussing ways in which to succeed at case interviews and can without doubt say that they assisted me in getting an offer for an associate position with McKinsey in Johannesburg. I stumbled upon your website quite far into the application process (about two weeks prior to [...]