Case interview



The case interview is an example of a real business problem based on your interviewer's past work experiences. The problems you will encounter are not designed to be brainteasers, or theoretical problems designed to stump you, but rather to reflect the challenges that our clients face. These real-life examples allow you to learn more about the type of work we do and the impact we have with our clients. During the case interview we will consider the following attributes:

  • The approach you take to solving a problem
  • How analytical and creative your thinking is
  • Your usage of data to quantify your recommendation(s)
  • Your communication skills in conveying your ideas
  • How you would suggest implementing those proposals

All candidates can expect a case interview for all interview rounds globally.

Expectations

In the case interview, your interviewer will often present challenge(s) that the client is facing. Based on the business situation presented, you will need to go through several steps, from understanding the case situation to breaking down the problem into parts to making recommendations.

Your case interview should be fun and stimulating, a chance to stretch your mind, engage in a thoughtful discussion with your interviewer and get a taste of the work we do every day. However, we understand that case interviews may generally be the most anxiety­-provoking part of the recruiting process and encourage you to prepare in advance. To help you get started, we have put together some video clips and tips.

Tips

The most important things to consider during your interview are...

  • Make it a business discussion, not an interview. Approach your interview as a thoughtful and insightful conversation that demonstrates your business judgment.
  • Drive to the answer. Focus on the question you are trying to answer.
  • Be pragmatic. Consider your recommendation and its implementation. Is it realistic? What are the risks and how can they be overcome? Anticipate concerns your recommendation may raise.
  • Demonstrate your communication and people skills. Project your confidence, energy and interest, and demonstrate how you might interact with future clients and colleagues.
  • Listen. Avoid writing everything down. Focus on understanding the problem and begin forming your own hypotheses. If you get stuck, pay attention to the clues—your interviewer is trying to coach you.
  • Don't force-fit frameworks. Frameworks incorporate concepts you should know. Show your interviewer you can apply these to the specifics of the business issue and industry.
  • Tell the interviewer what you are thinking. Rather than simply ask a bunch of questions, explain your thought process as you ask. This way your interviewer will know you have a plan.
  • Expect math. Be prepared to both set up the analytics and do the math.
  • Practice. Makes perfect, but you already knew that!
  • Relax. Be yourself and enjoy the case discussion!