This case is part two of a series. The goal of this series is to demonstrate how an identical case prompt (and corresponding framework) could lead to multiple different outcomes. The goal is to train you to adjust to case information in an agile and adaptable way.
This is a candidate-led case, the style of which could be seen across a range of consultancies, but particularly BCG and Bain. The case is split into 2 main parts:
In addition to the above, this case tests a candidate's understanding of profitability, the automotive industry, globalization, and, of course, chart reading.
The following can be verbally provided to the interviewee if asked:
In the first phase, the candidate needs to figure out if there is an overall market and/or geographic reason for the client's falling profits. The interviewee needs to ask if we’re seeing differences in the different markets the client serves. They should also ask whether competition is universally seeing the same falling profits that we are.
Before making a final recommendation, a strong candidate will make sure that we have covered all bases. Below are good questions for them to ask and suggested answers:
Question: Are there any other markets you would recommend our client expand into? Why?