frameworks

Can You be Too Prepared for a Case Interview?

Recently I have received several emails from readers asking if you can be “too prepared” for a case interview. My answer is both yes and no. Let me explain. Interviewers do complain that many candidates are “too prepared,” but what they mean by this comment is not what it seems. The “too prepared” designation comes [...]

Mastering the Case Interview

When learning any activity, there is a transformation that takes place as your skills improve. It is like learning to drive a car. Initially, you have to think about every little thing. Check your mirrors. Check your blindspot. Focus on where you want to go. Look out for bad drivers on the road. But somewhere in that learning process, [...]

Case Frameworks - Where to Start

Question: I’m really hoping you reply to this email if you get the time. I have final round interviews with Roland Berger on Saturday morning. I’ve done a couple of interviews so far and apparently they went well. I watched all your videos and they have been extremely helpful. I have a question though: when [...]

Argh... Forget the Damn Framework!

Question: I purchased LOMS about ten days ago and have listened to it twice so far. I am trying to go over the seven times mantra, hopefully before the first round. As far as identifying my weak spots, I feel it’s with the “qualitative” cases, something that you mention is a common issue with people [...]

Hypothesis vs. Framework

I receive many emails asking if I have a framework for XYZ kind of case. Often XYZ is something a little unusual, such as a non-profit case, a human resources organization design case, a manufacturing process improvement, or IT vendor selection case. While my focus is on strategy consulting cases, I still get these questions, [...]

Case Interview During a Meal

Question: Hi Victor, I’ve been reading your emails and following the LOMS program for the last two months. I had a quick question if you have time. I have an interview with a partner at IBM Consulting in a few days. It is a lunch interview in a fit/case format. If I get a verbal [...]

Case Interviews: When to Be Creative

Question: I have been following your blog at caseinterview.com and using your video for my case interview practice. You mentioned in a couple of posts that better consultants are those who are hyper-analytical/linear thinkers. Creative/lateral thinkers may make the person to communicate in a non-client-friendly way — hard to follow. I did exactly this in [...]