(Pardon my ignorance if this is a stupid question, but I'm new to the whole getting-a-job thing.)
I'm currently a senior in college and going through the interview process at several boutique consulting firms. In my experience, the firms have usually given me some general background information in advance of each case interview-- for example, one firm gave me a list of sample questions they've asked in the past, one firm told me specifically that the case would be related to sales funnel optimization, etc. I'm currently about to schedule a second round case interview with a firm that hasn't given me any hints in advance whatsoever, and this is the first time that I've been in this situation.
This firm does a pretty wide variety of work, and they offer some services that are a bit more similar to what you'd expect from PE-- they occasionally advise clients on M&A/other investment decisions. I was told during first interview that that kind of work definitely constitutes a minority of the services they typically complete. After checking out the LinkedIn of my next interviewer, however, it seems that she is the head of their M&A team.
I'm wondering if it would be appropriate for me to ask whether or not she would be able to provide a broad category of the case when I confirm a time for our upcoming interview (i.e. whether it's a market sizing question, marketing, M&A, etc.). If it is in fact M&A, that would pretty drastically affect how I prepare.
But if that would be stupid and poor etiquette, also lmk.