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05/18/13
Interviewing. Case Study approach to demonstrating problem solving skills
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 3:59 pm

There were two newer types of interviews that the
young professionals liked in our class this year.
The first was virtual video interviews. 2  The second
was case study interviews.

It was interesting to observe two people deal with the
first case study case.  We tried to build up the anxiety
during the day for them asking the class if we should
give them the problem or wait, just to get them thinking
about it.

Then, with a few minutes to go before actually having them
work on it, I gave them the problem in advance.  The first thing
they both did was pull out their cellular devices and search for
an answer…..

We stopped them ‘dead in their tracks’ and confiscated the cells.
In fact, if they had done this in an actual case study interview,
they would have been removed from further consideration.

Then, we asked them to go to the front of the class and
solve the problem.  One took an engineering approach,
diagramming the problem, estimating appropriate dimensions,
and writing out some of the mathematical relations they might
need.  The second person wanted to quit on the spot.  This was not
what he expected, he had not prepared.  This is where the corrective
action learning began in the class… a ‘teachable moment.’

Tips for case study interviews
 What can go wrong in a case study interview
How you will be evaluated and preparation

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