hypothesis

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. [...]

Lessons from the U.S. Presidential Election

Unless you’ve been on another planet, you’ve most certainly heard about the U.S. Presidential election. As you know, Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States. The outcome was considered by most to be a stunning upset. Most, including Donald Trump’s campaign staff, were surprised by the results. Nearly every election forecast [...]

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 [...]

Hypothesis Statement in Interviewer-Led Interviews

Question: Quick question: when is the best time to do the synthesis + hypothesis combination in interviewer-led interviews? I know that you would normally do it after closing each branch/moving to the next framework in candidate-led cases, but what about the interviewer-led cases? Do you do it before each new question is asked? After? At [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Starting a Case with the Right Questions

Question: I have been following your email newsletters and have read them all carefully since I joined your club.  I thank you again for all your effort in making the videos and in having lots of good information available to us. After going through your training videos and framework guide, I recently started practicing case [...]

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 [...]

Hypothesis vs. Framework

I receive many emails asking if I have a framework for XYZ kind of case. Often XYZ is something a little unusual, such as a non-profit case, a human resources organization design case, a manufacturing process improvement, or IT vendor selection case. While my focus is on strategy consulting cases, I still get these questions, [...]

The Six-Minute Hypothesis Rule

Email: I am an MBA student at a leading Indian B-school and successfully secured offers following my AT Kearney interview and BCG interview for their [City in India] office last week. Thanks a ton for all the help in case interview preparation through LOMS and the regular posts sharing others’ interview experiences with all the [...]

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