case interview structure

Skipping Steps During a Case Interview

In case interviews, some candidates always seem to get “stuck” in a case — unsure how to proceed. Other candidates “ace the case” and never seem to get stuck at all. Why does this happen? The short answer is this: You only get stuck in a case if you skip steps.  If you never skip steps, [...]

Switching Frameworks Mid-Case

Question: I work in the Venture Capital Industry and am considering a switch to strategy consultancy. Normally, people switch the other way around, but I think that it would be good to acquire more analytical, team and strategy skills, as I started in the VC field straight from campus. While orienting myself in the strategy [...]

Practicing Problem Structuring in Case Interviews

To practice problem structuring in a case interview I recommend practicing  the process of setting a hypothesis and devising an issue tree that tests your hypothesis. It is okay if you are slow at the process in the beginning… the key is that you understand the process. For better proficiency and speed, you just need to practice. [...]

The Case Structuring Contest Winner Is...

A week or so ago, I held a case structuring contest. I showed a TV interview of a U.S. college student leader arguing that all university student debt should be forgiven and that college tuition be free to students. The person being interviewed was unprepared and didn’t propose a well reasoned or structured argument. So [...]

Case Structuring Contest

I came across the following television interview the other day. The person being interviewed is a leader of a group of college students demanding that all student loans in the U.S. be forgiven, and that college tuition be free. She was not prepared, and ended up humiliating herself on live national television. Specifically, she was [...]

Case Frameworks - Where to Start

Question: I’m really hoping you reply to this email if you get the time. I have final round interviews with Roland Berger on Saturday morning. I’ve done a couple of interviews so far and apparently they went well. I watched all your videos and they have been extremely helpful. I have a question though: when [...]

Argh... Forget the Damn Framework!

Question: I purchased LOMS about ten days ago and have listened to it twice so far. I am trying to go over the seven times mantra, hopefully before the first round. As far as identifying my weak spots, I feel it’s with the “qualitative” cases, something that you mention is a common issue with people [...]