what a hypothesis

LEK Consulting Interview

LEK Interview Success Story: I came across your website and content about two weeks ago. By this time I was halfway through my interviewing process and had already been dropped from two out of the four firms that had offered me interviews. I’m very happy to say that with your help from the content online, [...]

Issue Tree

Question on Using an Issue Tree: First, I would like to thank you very much for your LOMS program. I found it very helpful. Your emails are also very useful for me to learn many new things from other people’s experiences. My questions is about how to structure a case after a case question is [...]

Timing for a Hypothesis

Question: Your resources have been very helpful for me so far. I am an experienced candidate, and just had my phone case coaching session with McKinsey. One thing I was a little surprised by was that the case coach wanted me to offer up an opinion straight away as opposed to laying out a structure [...]

Intuition and Structured Problem Solving in Case Interviews

Question: I appreciate your response and just had a quick opinion question. I spoke to a friend of mine, ex-Mckinsey consultant and interviewer. He said, when I asked him about casework and interviews, that there is a key that many people who employ solely the framework miss out on. It seems a bit different from [...]

The Perfect Hypothesis Opening Statement

What follows is a field report from a reader who just got a McKinsey offer, and my commentary on the perfect hypothesis opening statement. Field Report: I wanted to let you know that I received an offer from McKinsey as a non-MBA candidate. Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the process. [...]

How to Work Through Case Interview Frameworks

Question: I have a question about working through case interview frameworks. In the Signs example case from the Look Over My Shoulder® recordings, I noticed that the first two candidates did not look at the cost side of the profit tree. When starting with a profit tree, should we examine both branches before moving to [...]

The Importance of a Hypothesis in a Case Interview

Question: I will be interviewing with McKinsey next week. I’ve been watching the case interview video and it was extremely useful. However, regarding the business situation framework, I have a question. Yesterday I had my first case interview workshop in McKinsey. Two highlights from the workshop are: 1) Don’t ask too many questions or do [...]

What's a Hypothesis?

Question: What’s a Hypothesis? And Do I Need to Use One? Would you recommend to always to use and mention a hypothesis in a case? Are there some cases which are not suitable for a hypothesis or not suitable to mention? I ask this because imho sometimes its not that easy to formulate a hypothesis, [...]