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05/25/12
Case Study Interviews. Management Consulting firms
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Position Searching, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 7:41 am

Recently, a member asked me about helping him
prepare for management consulting firm interviews.
Not knowing much about these, I reached out to our
business school who were very much interested in
offering assistance.

In addition to pointing out that there are specific
technical roles Ph.D.s can assume in these firms,
the kinds of firms that seek out Ph.D.s and how
one networks through alumni who work in the
field, Meg Warren also pointed out that case
study interviews are commonly done to evaluate
candidates.

Case study interviews can be done individually
or in groups of candidates where you work to
solve problems.  The evaluation of candidates
seeks how applicants think, approach problems
and communicate.  Also, what business skills
does the candidate possess.

Some examples:
Biotech, healthcare
Environmental, waste management
Energy industry
Electronics, Semiconductors
Chemicals
Aerospace, Defense

An MBA primer and a summary for typical case interview
cases can be found.

One Response to “Case Study Interviews. Management Consulting firms”

  1. site admin Says:


    Cosentino’s book is a must if you are serious
    about going into a management consulting firm
    which employ case interviews.

    It covers a coda for the various interview situations
    candidates will likely find.   Confidence, communication
    skills, preparation and knowing yourself and your
    strengths (and playing to them) are assessed and tested
    in various ways.  

    It speaks to advice to candidates from many different
    backgrounds.

    Cosentino offers 12 Case Commandments
    1. listen to the question, especially the last sentence
    2. take notes, don’t trust your memory alone
    3. summarize the question
    4. since much of business involved strategy, tactics
    and management: verify the objectives
    5. ask questions to probe, show confidence; he points
    out how to read the interviewer when questioning.
    6. organize your response
    7. think before you reveal your logic out loud
    8. manage time wisely
    9. show your computation and mathematical skills
    10. take feedback graciously and use it
    11. brainstorm, open up new avenues, eliminate
    inappropriate directions
    12. display can do, I like to solve problems attitude
    that continuously learns, is curious and seeks customer
    first solutions.

    He writes about different questions– brainteasers, factor
    and market estimation.

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