I have been invited for a final round for the entry-level position at Roland Berger. Does anyone have any experience going through that process and could share insight? It will be 2 interviews with a principal and a partner, with each interview having a fit and case component.
- How can I be less framework-ey and more creative, while staying structured and MECE? My main R1 feedback point was to drop structures that appear like frameworks and be more creative (e.g. 1) financials, 2) additional risks/opps). A year ago I got the almost opposite feedback from other firms and am therefore trying to find the right balance. I am thinking of simply using standard structures as a loose guide for my initial mental train of thought, but when actually writing down things and communicating it to the interviewer, only use case-specific vocabulary. If the interviewer asks about structure and MECEness, I can therefore work my way back to the MECE buckets I had in mind. Would that be good, or is there another better practice?
- What types of cases should I be expecting? My first round cases were quite atypical, and I would assume that for the final interviews they might be more unstructured and go through an open case.
- Does anyone know whether RB London is strong in any specific industry? I understand RB in general is very strong in cutting-edge tech, which includes automotive, aerospace, manufacturing etc. but I am aware London may be slightly different in that regard considering the local dominant industries.
- Any persona considerations given the seniority of the interviewers? I am used to interviewing with director-level interviewers and below and usually go for a quite relaxed persona, and occasionally maybe even slip a light joke in during the case if I feel like it - that usually seems quite well received - but partners may be expecting interviewees to put on a more formal front. The positive part of my feedback mentioned that I was very "personable" and I therefore feel like I should still be myself as much as possible in these interviews.