The real advantage of case interview preparation

Tom Spencer

Consulting case interviews require lots of preparation. Although you will hear of some geniuses who aced their cases after only one week of preparation, this is probably not true for us mere mortals. This is due to the nature of the cases that need to be solved.

Consulting Case Interviews at Non-Consulting Firms

Tom Spencer

Consulting-style case interviews are highly effective, and the same format is being adopted more and more widely. As such, I’ve increasingly seen case interviews being used to recruit for corporate strategy roles in all sectors and business operation (“BizOps”) roles at startups.


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Preparation for the Case Interview:  Math, Charts and Market Sizing

Tom Spencer

A major portion of the consulting case interview tests your quantitative skills. So your interviewers want to know that you’re comfortable with math and have strong analytic reasoning skills. Here is a play-by-play of how you should approach a case interview: . The simple answer is that this is the way your interviewer will follow what you’re doing, and can question you or coach you along if you happen to go down the wrong path. Let’s face it.

Breaking Down Case Interview Frameworks – M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions)

Management Consulted

Welcome back to the last in our series on breaking down case interview frameworks. By the end of this article, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an M&A case framework master. Check out our breakdowns on Profitability , Market Sizing , and Market Study to become a complete expert on any kind of framework you’ll need in your case interview. Once again, it all comes down to finances. What would the best case scenario be?

Frameworks for the Case Interview (Part I: Market Study Framework)

Tom Spencer

As I have been asked by quite a lot of people to share some frameworks, I will use the next 3 posts to walk you through the most frequently used frameworks in the case interview. While you are reading those frameworks and related examples, keep in mind that no framework is the skeleton key to all case interviews. Having said that, we will now begin by exploring the framework which is most widely applicable in case interviews: the Market Study Framework.

Each Firm's Favorite Cases

A reader sent me an email asking if there was a pattern or trend to what kind of case problems are given by each firm? So, does BCG give M&A questions while McKinsey gives business cases? My answer is the cases you get are all over the place and there's no pattern that I've ever seen or heard about. The one pattern that DOES exist is that 50% - 70% of the time, the case comes from that consultant’s personal work history at the firm.

Frameworks for the Case Interview (Part II: Mergers and Acquisitions Framework)

Tom Spencer

The reason that this framework is worth introducing is due to the increasing frequency of M&A cases confronting candidates in the case interview. Needless to say, M&A deals are notoriously complicated financial activities, which makes candidates panic when they are prompted with an M&A case. However, you will find out in this article why you have no need to worry, as long as you can remember just a few fundamental principles of this type of case.

Consulting Case Anatomy – A Simple Breakdown

Management Consulted

As a prospective consultant, one of the things that can seem the most mysterious in the case study prep process is wondering what the interviewer is going to ask you next. Many of you have heard about interviewer-led and interviewee-led case interviews and are wondering how to approach each one appropriately. The difference between the two just comes down to who leads, the interviewer or the interviewee. Interviewer-led case interviews.

Interview Process and Preparation - McKinsey, Bain, BCG

Following is a success story from a student that interviewed with four firms and got offers from both McKinsey and Bain. He reports on the interview process at these firms and shares the preparation method that contributed to his success. As for the interview process, there are some things I can tell you. I have a finance background and I did my interviews with Roland Berger, BCG, Bain and McKinsey after graduation. Roland Berger used a written case as well.

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A.T. Kearney Interview & Culture

Management Consulted

KEARNEY INTERVIEW AND CULTURE. 1997 – First Global Prize, an annual business school case study competition for potential recruits, awarded. Working anywhere from the strategy related to the business unit to corporate finance and strategy to strategic foresight, A.T. KEARNEY INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING. The interview process at A.T. However, as a general rule, there are two rounds of interviews. consulting interviews

Rising COVID cases, falling economy

Tom Spencer

Recently, an economist by the name of Steve Keen was interviewed on Youtube. Bankruptcy is an appropriate mechanism for debt forgiveness because it allows individual borrowers to negotiate with individual creditors, based on the specific circumstances of each individual case.

What are interviewers from consulting firms really looking for?

Tom Spencer

So maybe you’ve gotten to the second round, maybe you’re still waiting to hear back, or maybe you’re hoping to interview again in the next recruitment cycle. Regardless of whichever bucket you fall into, it always helps to see things from the interviewers’ perspective. Most, though, will test your capabilities through the case interview. level hard, doing math and talking through it in front of an interviewer can be nerve-wracking, to say the least.

Infosys Consulting Interviews & Culture

Management Consulted

As an end-to-end solutions provider, Infosys Consultants’ goal is to solve business problems in the first case before seamlessly moving the client case up to Infosys who will solve the technology problems. Finance and Controlling Processes. Infosys also has an arm called the Academic Entente (AcE), which is a bridge between Infosys and academia, creating opportunities through case studies, student trips and speaking engagements. INFOSYS CONSULTING.

KPMG Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

In the mid 1970s, as public opinion swayed toward greater accountability for the finance industry, Peat Marwick took steps to firm up controls on its accounting practice and increase transparency. Capabilities: Finance. KPMG CONSULTING INTERVIEWS & RECRUITING. You can expect things to go down like this, should you apply to KPMG: The first step is a phone interview or an interview on campus. Get yourself up to speed and grab an interview prep session here.

Breaking down the M&A Case Study

Tom Spencer

M&A case framework. Firms typically look at four areas when working on M&A cases. The first area consultants typically analyze in M&A cases is the market. Can the buyer easily finance the acquisition? It is almost impossible to cover all these aspects in a 30-60 minutes case interview. Once you have laid out your framework, your interviewer will typically make you focus on a specific area of the framework for the rest of the case.

Cornerstone Research Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

Specializing in economic, financial and market analysis, specifically for cases in litigation, Cornerstone Research touts itself as the one player major law firms turn to when navigating the obstacle course that is the American and European legal systems. However, the cases that these law firms are involved in can represent any industry imaginable, from telecommunications to manufacturing and everything in between. CORNERSTONE RESEARCH INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING. Case Studies.

FTI Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

FTI CONSULTING INTERVIEWS & CULTURE. The firm has made up for its youth, however, by growing rapidly through innovation, famous cases and a lot of acquisitions. the consulting firm started off like a lot of American startups do – in a small, forgettable warehouse somewhere on the outskirts of town (in this case, in Annapolis, MD). Continuing their trend of high profile clients and cases, FTI assisted in the bankruptcy cases of Enron, WorldCom and Adelphia Communications.

5 Core Case Study Principles Every Interviewee MUST Know

Management Consulted

The case study question is a fundamental portion of any consulting interview. When it comes to evaluating case studies, none of your other skills really matter. The bad news is that case study questions require a very particular way of thinking. Consulting firms used to say, “You don’t need to practice for case interviews – anyone can do them, even an English major.” Most case study questions require a quantitative answer.

Seabury Group Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

Then, underneath three of these sub-subsidiaries are, you guessed it, more subsidiaries, such as Seabury Airline Planning Group LLC and Seabury Maritime Corporate Finance LLC. In fact, one of our interview coaches, Michael Hecht, used to work for The Seabury Group and now works for Delta Airlines as a member of their Skymiles team. If you’re applying to work at The Seabury Group, book an interview prep session with Michael here. INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING.

Transitioning from Management Consulting to Corporate Strategy/M&A – the Interview Process

Tom Spencer

Interviews. After going through a handful of interviews through referrals, direct reach out from HR/hiring team, and LinkedIn/company website applications I would categorize my interviews into three buckets: Corporate strategy. In terms of the interview process it followed the following steps: HR interview (fit). Multiple hiring team interviews (case + fit). Group head interview (fit). Group head interview (fit). HR interview (fit).

Analysis Group Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

Stacked full of big-brained folks, most of Analysis Group’s 600+ staff hold advanced degrees in law, economics, finance, accounting or business. Responsiveness – As a reult of all the work they do with experts, Analysis Group can quickly identify whom to work with and can scale their cases up or down as the situation requires. ANALYSIS GROUP INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING. They generally conduct their interviews over two rounds. consulting interviews

Oliver Wyman interview preparation: the inside story

Management Consulted

Have an upcoming Oliver Wyman interview? And, of course, their claim to fame, Financial Services , is broken down into even more practices including: Finance and Risk. Corporate and Finance and Advisory. Corporate Finance and Restructuring - supports investment decision making through restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, project finance, and post-merger integration. OLIVER WYMAN INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING.

The Brattle Group Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

The Brattle Group is now considered one of the European Union’s top consulting firms in the areas of energy, finance and competition. In 2013, the New York office was established, providing a home base in one the most important finance and legal markets in the world. Each of these leaders hold advanced degrees in economics, engineering, finance, management from top universities around the world. Regulatory finance. THE BRATTLE GROUP INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING.

Bridgespan Non-Profit Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

. BRIDGESPAN INTERVIEWS & CULTURE . Bridgespan offers a wide variety of online LinkedIn groups for networking purposes, ranging from role based groups including operations and finance, to general networking, to groups designed for those who have transitioned from a for-profit to a nonprofit career. BRIDGESPAN INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING . consulting interviews Today we continue our firm profile series with an in-depth review of Bridgespan.

Towers Watson Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

Corporate Risk Management and Risk Financing. TOWERS WATSON CONSULTING INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING. Be prepared for several rounds of interviews, the first of which usually consists of connecting with a recruiter for a phone screen. This will be followed by an interview for more specific questioning regarding your past experience and your case interview skills. It may also consist of a group interview. We offer resume editing and interview prep.

IBM Consulting Interviews: Navigating the IBM GBS Maze

Management Consulted

As the next installment in our popular Firm Profile series, we take a look at the evolution, reinvention, and current interview tactics of one of the world’s premier consulting firms – IBM. Finance Risk. Areas like finance, accounting, communications, HR and marketing. IBM GBS INTERVIEWS AND RECRUITING. If applying online or through staffing agencies, the average interview process time line averaged 2.5 IBM GBS Case Interview Questions and Answers.

Interview with the Internal Consultant

The Management Centre

In the following interview, Yvette Gyles – Director at =mc talks to Gill Cameron-Waller – Policy, Insights and Communications Manager (pictured below) at Wealden District Council about their exciting journey: Gill, tell me about your role and what it is the Policy, Insights and Communications (PIC) team do at Wealden? Many councils are looking hard at their finances and surviving is about “doing what can be done with the resources we have”.

Bates White Economic Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

As if he wasn’t already impressive enough, he also led a team that provided expert services during the Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, one of the largest price-fixing cases in U.S. Though antitrust remains Bates White’s largest practice area, the firm is recognized as an expert in environmental product liability, healthcare and life sciences, energy, and finance. Finance. BATES WHITE INTERVIEWS & RECRUITING. BATES WHITE ECONOMIC CONSULTING.

Duke University undergrad prepares for BCG Interview Superday

Management Consulted

Ramit is a junior at Duke University who successfully aced his on campus interview. However, he did receive some puzzling feedback from his interviewers, leading him to contact Jenny Rae to guide him through how to use the input constructively for his final interview on site at BCG. Want to know what your interviewer is really thinking? Want to know what your interviewer is really looking for? Then we jumped into the case, and it was shampoo revenue.


The PARADE Method (tm) is an approach to answering resume-oriented job interview questions. It is an approach I developed that is tailored for answering these questions in job interviews for management consulting, as well as interviews for senior executive positions in industry. It can also be used by interviewers to remind candidates to identify all the key information needed to assess a candidate's career experiences. Interviewers want to know what you did.

NERA Economic Consulting Interviews – Moving Up in a Down Economy

Management Consulted

Interviewing with NERA Economic Consulting? The firm advises government divisions, law firms, and major global corporations on governmental regulation (like anti-trust rulings), public policy implications, public, competitive forces, and private financing. Finance: Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection in Financial Services, Financial Institutions and Banking, Financial Risk Management. . NERA ECONOMIC CONSULTING INTERVIEWS & RECRUITING. . consulting interviews

The Consulting Bible – Dominate Your McKinsey, Bain and BCG Fit and Consulting Case Interviews

Management Consulted

Learn more about the interview preparation course and guide that helped land offers at BCG, Accenture, and McKinsey. Master fit questions, conquer case studies, and become the smartest interviewer in the room. We’ve helped 1600+ people land interviews and offers in the consulting world (including such esteemed firms as McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte and Mercer). Over 50 fit questions that you’re guaranteed to hear in consulting interviews.

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MC Coach Interview: My First Year at McKinsey

Management Consulted

Because of this, we sat down with consulting veteran Lisa Bright (who is now part of the MC interview coaching team!) I majored in accounting, finance and supply chain management at a college in the state (Miami of Ohio). I was going down the route of finance, asset management, investment banking, or something like that. For the interview process, I did one phone interview which was pretty basic “getting to know you” style, and we did a case along with that.

Base Case Becomes Grexit; Contagion?


Grexit is now the base case as Europe Braces for Messy Greek Endgame. It’s still possible that Greece can remain in the eurozone—though that is no longer the base case for many policy makers. No one now expects a deal to unlock Greek bailout funding at this week’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Riga—originally set as the final deadline for a deal. I very much doubt that that is the case. At long last the deniers have thrown in the towel.

The consulting case study: What you need to know


Why are Case Studies used? Case studies are used to assess a range of skills which can broadly be summarised as your “commercial skill set” For consulting case studies, this will typically be assessing your ability to solve business problems in a structured, logical fashion, making reasonable commercial assumptions as you go along and using your mental maths ability to synthesise these assumptions to find the answer. How to answer the case study.

Is #MeToo Backlash Hurting Women’s Opportunities in Finance?

Harvard Business

When my mother graduated from college in 1972, she interviewed at an investment bank where a manager told her that for certain positions, women were interviewed but never hired. Even in the late 1980s, she went on interviews with headhunters who would explicitly tell her, “They want to interview a woman,” with the emphasis on “interview”— as in, not hire. Cláudio Policarpo/EyeEm/Getty Images.

Outsourcing Matrix

Tom Spencer

The outsourcing matrix may prove useful in the consulting case interview, either as a standalone framework or as part of a larger profitability framework. Finance. For more information on consulting interviews, please download “ The HUB’s Guide to Consulting Interviews “ ]. Case Interviews Management Consulting consulting Consulting Frameworks consulting interviews outsourcing matrix(Source: Flickr ).

Networking, Practice, and Extreme Preparation

While that has been a great experience, I ultimately found my greatest training and instruction in how to prepare for case interviews from your website and materials. I had gotten similar advice from others, specifically as it related to entering a career in the prestige-obsessed industry of finance and investment banking. At this point, I had done minimal case preparation and was quite anxious about quickly getting some preparation in before the actual interviews.

From STEM PhD to Federal Consulting: An Interview with Josh

Management Consulted

Here at MC, we had the pleasure of recently interviewing Josh and asking him how he’s navigated his interesting career path, and how consulting was a great place for his passions and skills to collide. Well, I grew up in Bethesda, MD, and attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT for – BS (finance), MS (nutritional sciences), and PhD (cell and molecular biology). – Crafting a government consulting resume and preparing for job interviews.

Profitability Framework

Tom Spencer

The profitability framework is probably the most important framework for solving consulting case questions. Finance. For more information on the consulting interview, download “ The HUB’s Guide to the Consulting Interview “ ]. Case Interviews Management Consulting consulting Consulting Frameworks consulting interviews profitability frramework