Hi, what is Altman Solon's case style?

i will be interviewing with Altman and wondering what their case style is. I don't have much time to prepare. i heard they are more quant. are they similar to McKinsey or more like Deloitte?

are there particular problems they usually like to case? I know that they like to keep it within TMT sector but do they tend to skew go-to-market, etc?

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  • Consultant in Consulting
Jan 24, 2021 - 9:53am

Got an offer out of Undergrad from them a couple years ago. Just a couple of notes.

1. The case was entirely interviewer-led; that is, the interviewer asked specific questions that I responded to, as opposed to allowing me drive the case.

2. The interviewers heavily weighted quantitative ability (based on feedback I got). The math questions weren't hard perse, but they cared a lot about your ability to structure the math and deliver it to the interviewer in a succinct, coherent way.

3. My cases (1st and final round) were purely based on the TMT industries. I have heard on a few occasions that other people were asked about other industries, but it seems the vast majority of cases will test telecom/software. Lots of subscription/usage-based business models.

Jan 24, 2021 - 12:59pm

What do you think is the best way to prepare for this type of interviewer-led, quant interview? Should I practice knowing how to walkthrough key math equations? breakeven analysis, market entry? Right now, I am watching victor cheng case interview secret videos and practicing frameworks but maybe my time can be better spent doing something else. I am doing my first case today and through all of next week

Should i focus less on frameworks and more on issue trees?

thank you for your help!

Jan 24, 2021 - 2:21pm

I also interviewed there (this past summer) as well and had a very similar interview process as the person above. I only had one round of two cases however for summer associates. Make sure that you do not mess the math up. It was my first real case interview, and I got nervous and was off by a factor of 10 on a number I gave; I gut checked it and went back immediately but the bell was rung and I got dinged because of it. A friend made a similar mistake and the interviewer didn't even tell them, so maybe thats something to watch for. 

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  • Consultant in Consulting
Jan 25, 2021 - 1:38am

While practicing frameworks helps, I don't recall getting any cases that required challenging or unique frameworks. All of my cases were basic profitability (e.g. revenue growth / cost cutting) or market entry cases (e.g. Europe-based Tech co wants to enter the North American mkt). 

Without knowing anything about your background, I'd recommend focusing on math because most of the candidates I've seen have underestimated the math portion. That's not to say it's hard; it's just that I think they prepared relatively less for it than the other sections of the case, even though the math is weighted more.

I'd just practice the following:

1) Structuring the math problem before you solve it.

2) Explaining the interviewer in an organized, logical way how you will approach the math - I strongly recommend this if your interview will take place over Zoom/call, since the interviewer cannot follow your work on paper. (It doesn't even matter whether or not you solve the math correctly if you can't explain how you did it).

3) Practicing math accuracy, and THEN speed. Speed certainly helps, but I've seen plenty of candidates get offers even with avg. math speed and perfect accuracy.

Not sure how much time you have left before the interview, but there's a program out there called "Fast Maths" that was really good for prepping. Should take a couple days to complete the important parts. Hope this helps!

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