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Mastering the Case Interview

  1. 1. Welcome to the Evisors Webinar Visit us online at Mastering the Case Interview featuring Marc P. Cosentino Hosted by: Career Advisors on
  2. 2. • Practice 30 live cases • Read 30 cases • Start a case journal • Network • Attend info meetings • Read DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! Hosted by: Career Advisors on
  3. 3. Candidates who receive offers do so for five reasons: 1. Committed to consulting 2. Success-oriented 3. Able to exhibit good analytical skills when answering case questions 4. Able to articulate their thoughts, create a positive presence, and defend themselves w/o being defensive 5. Fit with industry and firm (airport test) Hosted by: Career Advisors on
  4. 4. Types of Case Questions There are two main categories of case questions. However, ninety percent of the case questions will be of one type – business case • Market-sizing (population, household, & ???) • Business Case / Oral and Written individual, team, presentation – Profit and loss – Entering a new market – Pricing – Growth – Strategy by numbers Hosted by: Career Advisors on
  5. 5. Most Popular Cases Profit and Loss Entering a new market M&A, new product, new business Analyze: • Acquiring company • Client company • New Industry • How best to enter the market E ( P = R – C ) M Hosted by: Career Advisors on
  6. 6. First Five Steps… 1. Summarize the Questions 2. Verify the Objectives 3. Ask Questions 4. Layout Your Structure 5. State Your Hypothesis Steps 3 – 5 can be flipped around depending on the case. Hosted by:See the rest at
  7. 7. NEW PAIR OF SHOES A PE firm bought a brand name shoe company for $2b paying $43/share. Stock was $30 a share. Shoe company generates $1.5B in sales and has 230 stores, 200 in the US. Last year it experienced a 30% decline in profits. Boss wants you to raise profits by 50%! Hosted by:See the rest at
  8. 8. CASE NOTES Objective Write the answers to the questions that you asked about the case. Draw your structure Case Notes In this section write down all the information that the interviewer gives you Hosted by:See the rest at
  9. 9. CASE NOTES • Graph or white paper, landscape • One side of page, number each page • Draw notes, graphs, arrows, boxes • Lay them out in front of you • Star most important points • Constantly review 1st page • Separate sheet for math Hosted by:See the rest at
  10. 10. CASE INTERVIEW EVALUATION FORM Analytics Structured framework Quant acumen Good use of data provided Communication Eye contact Articulation Listening Asking probing questions Note layout Personal Enthusiasm Self-confidence Teamwork and engagement Logic, original thought and intellectual curiosity Hosted by:See the rest at
  11. 11. The Things They do • A or B / Let me tell you why you’re wrong • Headings and bullets / When they cut you off Hosted by:See the rest at
  12. 12. MATH SKILLS Math – flying w/o a calculator Percentages, Breakevens, Weighted Averages, Net Present Value, Multi/Div with lots of zeros Hosted by:See the rest at
  13. 13. WAYS TO PREPARE • Read Case in Point • Make a case journal • Read practice cases in other books (40 cases) – University of Michigan • On-line practice – CQI, Case Chase Clips – McKinsey, Bain and BCG website • Practice live cases (30 live cases) – Form groups, alumni, career services, and Hosted by:See the rest at
  14. 14. Q&A Hosted by:See the rest at
  15. 15. Questions & Answers Question 1: What type of case interviews can you expect as an MBA candidate versus an undergrad? What type do the different firms prefer? Hosted by:See the answer at
  16. 16. Questions & Answers Question 2: What do you do if you hit a dead end during an interview? Hosted by:See the answer at
  17. 17. Questions & Answers Question 3: Will interviewers ever give you trick questions? Hosted by:See the answer at
  18. 18. Questions & Answers Question 4: To what extent should you use anecdotal evidence? Hosted by:See the answer at
  19. 19. Questions & Answers Question 5: To what extent should you keep pushing your own opinion and when should you back off? Hosted by:See the answer at
  20. 20. Practice Your Case Interview Skills! Stephen Tom Vanessa TamaraNicholas Or with any of our 100+ case interviewing experts: With Marc himself: Visit us at Hosted by:See the rest at