1 Week Consulting Case Preparation
I have an interview with a large consulting firm in a week and have no idea how to start to prepare. I wasn't really expecting to get the interview, so I hadn't done much. Any resources you guys would recommend? I have Case in Point.
learning how to do a case interview in one week?
If you are learning how to do a case interview in a short period of time, it is important to have a plan. First, you should check the recruiting website of the firm you are interviewing with as many firms will provide a guide for how to approach the case interview. You should review this first.
After you've reviewed these resources, you can review the Case in Point method (CIP). This will teach you how to approach the case, what the interviewers are usually looking for, and what mindset you need to answer the problems. Our users also recommended checking out a guide such as the WSO Consulting Case Guide.
You review the overview of how to do the cases quickly so that you can get to the point of practicing. You should read more and more cases and practice. You can start off reading the problem, and then mapping out on paper how you would answer. You should also be speaking out your answers out loud.
There are two types of cases and you should practice both if you don't know what type of case you will have to attack in your interview:
Business cases - Things like profits declining, sales declining, market entry, competitor analysis, M&A will be important.
Brain teasers / quantitative / market sizing - These types of questions include: How many sticks of gum get sold in the US each year?
Resources for Case Study Practice
- Victor Cheng's Walk Through offers a 6 hour walk through of case study interviews
- MBA casebooks (schools like Harvard and Michigan compile actual cases from consulting firms)
- Consulting Firm Websites
- WSO Consulting Case Interview Guide
Check out part of Victor Chang's guide to case interviews below:
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