The Case Study Interview
Case studies. A lot of consultancies employ these to assess candidates on their ability to approach and solve problems logically in a methodical manner. Furthermore, it tests a candidate’s business acumen and commercial awareness.
Although mainly for strategy consulting roles, some firms employ watered down versions as part of the assessment centre.
First, here’s a link to Mckinsey & Company to scare you a little (or not): http://www.mckinsey.com/careers
Other sites you can explore for help on the case study interview include:
- OC&C Strategy Consultants: http://www.occstrategy.com/node/453
- BCG: http://www.bcg.com/join_bcg/interview_prep/practice_cases
- Bain & Company: Ace the Case brochure
- Booz & Co (AKA Booz Allen Hamilton): http://www.booz.com/global/home/join_us/apply/case_prep
There’s quite a bit of info on these sites to chew on – much more valuable than anything I can say right now. Strategy goes a bit above my head unfortunately. One day…maybe…just maybe… All that blue sky thinking sounds like fun!