Hello everyone! So I've been recently thinking about what is the best way to structure the initial data given to you in the case. Since in some cases you need to refer back to your initial data, I feel like it should follow some logical pattern. I've developed a strategy that works great for me in most of the cases I do. So I take a piece of paper, turn it into “landscape mode” and I make 3 columns (equal width): ABOUT | DATA | OBJECTIVE. The About column contains all the qualitative information about the case (client's situation description); Data - Numerical information (Revenues, Costs, Profits, etc.); Objective is clear. I hope that someone will find this approach helpful.
My main question here is: Is it ok to tell the interviewer you're going to break the initial data into these 3 columns BEFORE he reads the actual case description? Or should I do it after he starts reading? In the last scenario I'm afraid to lose something of what interviewer says while I'm making and labeling the columns. Advice is highly appreciated.
Hi Alex, totally aligned with Michal For me the answer is a clear NO. If a candidate does this I automatically think that he is clearly over-trained However a couple of tips 1. Use a full page to take this initial notes, use bullets points, big font. As an interviewer is great to be able to see what the candidate is writing (we as consultants think in slides so the closer to a slide the better (imagine the initial info typically can be summarized in 5 bullets, so use all the space in the page 2. Clearly highlight (put a square) the goal – this is what you are solving for and the most important thing to keep in mind during the case – you need to refer to it several times during the case! (most of the candidates – most meaning like 70% forget about the goal stated at the beginning) 3. Initial info is essential in most of the cases – essential means that indeed you can start solving the case with the info Cheers! Carlos