estimation question

Winner of Sweet Estimation Contest

While celebrating the U.S. holiday Halloween, I announced an estimation question contest. As you might recall, I posed the following question: “In today’s New York Times, I learned that in the weeks leading up to this holiday, Americans purchased $2.7 BILLION dollars in candy. So here’s my challenge for you. Assuming all of that candy [...]

A Sweet Estimation Question

Last night, I took my kids out for an American children’s holiday known as Halloween. Kids (and some ahem… adults) dress up in costume (I was a penguin this year), go door-to-door, saying “Trick or Treat” and get free candy from the neighbors. My three kids brought back a record 420 pieces of candy.  In [...]

Estimation Question Tips

This post provides the answer on how to answer the estimation question example I posted previously. You’ll notice in the comment section of that previous post there were a wide range of answers — most of which were incorrect. The first thing to realize in an estimation question is that an acceptable answer MUST mention [...]

Case Interview Estimation Questions

Question: Regarding estimation questions, my friend recently did a first round interview at Booz and Co and the first interview, the full hour was dedicated to estimation question. I was wondering if i should expect that at a Mckinsey interview, or do they usually appear as part of a business case? My Reply: It’s unusual [...]

Estimation Question

I was asked the following management consulting estimation question by a McKinsey interviewer many years ago: “Estimate how long it would take to move or relocate an average size mountain 10 miles using an average size truck” You may NOT ask any clarifying questions. Any answer that does not include a specific amount of time [...]

Case Interview Questions

Here’s a list of Case Interview Questions that I’ve received as a candidate. Keep in mind the interview format (especially for McKinsey) has evolved since the time I went through it as a candidate. How much time does it take to relocated an average size mountain 10 miles using an average size dump truck? – [...]

Keep it Simple

Question: The below case resulted in the feedback of that I am really analytical and smarter than most people in their office but too detailed approach not being able to creatively quickly change thinking on the spot, also they mentioned if something like this happens  you need to interaction with the interviewer to come to [...]