Below, you’ll find a quick overview of all the case interview preparation material found on this site. Use it to practice for your case interviews, along with the Company Profiles.
Preparation starts long before you get the first invitation to a case interview. The information on CaseInterviewHQ will help you secure an invitation to the interview, so read on below:
There is no point in practicing your case interview if you do not get invited to the interview anyway. Consulting firms are very selective in who they invite, this post will teach you how to improve your chances at getting an interview invitation by revising your resume.
As with your resume, the cover letter is also one of those things that can lead to an invitation. It’s a crucial first step in the interview process and there are some general guidelines that you should follow to increase your chances. Read which here.
Consulting firms share a lot of features (long hours, good pay, project-based work, international opportunities, etc) but do their best to differentiate themselves from each other. Knowing the specifics of each firm shows the interviewer that you prepared yourself for the interview and helps you in asking interesting questions, instead of the standard questions every candidate asks. Learn the history and specifics from each firm in the Company Profiles section.
In my newest e-guide, I explain what the best preparation for the McKinsey Problem Solving Test is, and how you can get the best score during the test. The best thing is: it comes with a full featured practice PST, with 26 questions spread over 3 cases, just like the real McKinsey PST. It comes complete with a detailed answer guide and even a special offer…
In ‘Cracking the Case‘ all of the above is explained in much greater detail, including examples and many great tips from industry experts: the recruiters and consultants who review hundreds of cover letters and resumes a month. Including the answers to questions you will be asked every interview and much, much more.
A lot can go wrong during the case interview, but CaseInterviewHQ will help you ace the case. Read the articles below to improve your performance during the case interview and secure a job at McKinsey, BCG or Bain.
The basics of the case interview. What is important during the case interview and what is not? It’s not all about the case, but also about you: your experience, your personality. Be ready to structure a complex business problem, but prepare to answer questions about your leadership capabilities as well. Start your case interview preparation here.
One of the basic skills any consultant requires is the ability to absorb a lot of data, draw conclusions based on this information and then present your findings in a clear way. A McKinsey consultant by the name of Barbara Minto developed a method to do just this, and named it the Minto Pyramid Principle. Every consulting firm uses her method nowadays and using it during your interviews is a big plus.
The concept of Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive (MECE) Categories is one of the building blocks of the Minto Pyramid Principle and this page will teach you this very effective method of categorizing data. Read all about MECE Categories here.
One of the most underestimated parts of the case interview: math. Being able to calculate with large numbers without using a calculator is of paramount importance during your case interviews. It’s easy to practice, and we will show you how on this page on case interview math.
All of the above can be found in greater detail in Cracking the Case: including elaborated case interview frameworks, pitfalls, expert tips and more than 40 pages of case interviews, with an example solution. It is the best preparation on your case interview and covers all aspects, from beginning to end. For all features and example pages, click here.