What Are They?
In a case interview, you and the interviewer engage in a discussion about a hypothetical business problem. He or she is assessing how you analyze a situation, how well you can dissect a problem, your ability to think quickly under pressure, and how clearly you can communicate your findings.
Who Uses Them?
Cases aren't just for consultancies anymore. With that said, they do make up the bulk of companies that use this technique, in addition to investment banks.
How do I Prepare?
Practice. Practice. And, then practice more. Drop by our office to check out Case in Point. Connect with an MBA candidate from the Tuck Consulting Club, and with alumni who are in positions that interest you. Check out interactive cases and guides that are provided on consultancy's websites.
- Bring a pen and small notebook if you wish to sketch scenarios/mathematical calculations.
- Ask clarifying questions before you begin and as you go along so you can prioritize your objectives.
- Take time to think through your essential points and to organize your response.
- Pause and mentally regroup as needed.
- In all cases, restate the problem, make certain assumptions, identify needed research and analysis, summarize and make a recommendation.
Helpful web sites for case interview preparation include: