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In the world of project management, there exists a useful concept knows as the “critical path” for a project. A critical path is that part of the project which has the fewest available resources that also has the most downstream dependencies. In other words, it’s the step in the project that prevents many other later [...]

When I was at Stanford, I took a sociology class focused on the topic of status. It was fascinating. The big lesson learned from that class is your social status determines a large part of your influence. Things like ethnicity, gender, height, and educational achievement determine how others perceive the validity of your ideas. For [...]

Question: Here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year! I have purchased the LOMS program, and I must thank you, for the videos have been immensely useful. I had a query and needed your help on that. I have been practising case interviews for over two months now, however, I always get a little tense when I am doing [...]

Question: First of all, let me thank you for the LOMS programme. I believe it has advanced my case cracking skills significantly. May I also thank you for the continuous tips that I receive in the form of an email newsletter. Those are of great help as well, especially the ones about “how not to feel nervous [...]

Email: Greetings from Western Europe. Thank you very much for all the material.  I have found it extremely useful and much more insightful than the books recommended by MBB in Sweden. I am writing to share a method I have been using for case interview preparation. My context for learning is that it has been entirely independent, as [...]

What follows is a field report from a reader who just got a McKinsey offer, and my commentary on the perfect hypothesis opening statement. Field Report: I wanted to let you know that I received an offer from McKinsey as a non-MBA candidate. Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the process. There’s no [...]

Question: I have been following your blog at CaseInterview.com and using your video for my case interview practice. You mentioned in a couple of posts that better consultants are those who are hyper-analytical/linear thinkers. Creative/lateral thinkers may make the person to communicate in a non-client-friendly way — hard to follow. I did exactly this in one management [...]

Question: Thank you for creating the Case Interview Secrets videos and Look Over My Shoulder® program. It is the most practical and intuitive resource on the market, in my opinion. My question is related to note-taking during the interview. What I am struggling with is keeping up with the interviewer, and still trying to note down key facts. In [...]

One of the nuanced skills that I’m noticing some people having difficulty with is the ability to identify the “key drivers” behind a particular business trend. Mastering this skill is not only important in a case interview but is arguably far more important after the case interview — when you are doing real client work. This skill [...]

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the cult/culture of elitism. The entire premise of elitism is hierarchy. Those who are “elite” are presumed to be better than those that are not. Those who aren’t “elite” often feel “less than” their counterparts. An Ivy League degree makes you more elite. A larger bank account makes [...]

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