Hi, In the real case interviews, you don't necessarily finish the case. In fact, you can easily pass the interview without finishing any case. One thing that is important is the ability to provide... (more)
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In the real case interviews, you don't necessarily finish the case. In fact, you can easily pass the interview without finishing any case. One thing that is important is the ability to provide a soft recommendation:
Indeed, in many cases, you can't provide a definite answer. Consultants may be testing several things:
- Are you comfortable enough with providing preliminary recommendations based on limited data? (Imagine a CEO whom you met in the elevator and who wants to know the preliminary findings)
- Will you make a mistake of providing a recommendation with a high level of certainty without having a proper supporting data?
Imagine a case when you have to make a decision about whether a PE fund should acquire a company. You make a proper structure (Market, Competitors, Company, Feasibility of Exit) and in 25 min of a case, you've managed only to go through the Market and Competitors branches of the analysis. What will be your recommendation?
In this case, you have to provide a Soft Recommendation:
- You start with an objective ("Our objective was to understand whether we should buy this company")
- You provide a preliminary recommendation highlighting the uncertainty("According to the limited data we have so far, our preliminary recommendation is to buy this company and there are three reasons for that..." or "Purely based on the data we have about the market it looks like it's a good idea for a number of reasons..")
- You provide the reasons ("First of all the market is big at X and growing at Y, Secondly the competition is fragmented with the target company having x% of the market. Thirdly...")
- You Mention the pieces of data that you need to provide a full recommendation ("But to come up with a final recommendation I would like to look at the company financials, key capabilities and..." or "But to be 100% sure in our recommendation we need to check...)
Hi there I wanted to ask if there are any GMAT-like strategies for the BCG potential test (not in... (more)
I wanted to ask if there are any GMAT-like strategies for the BCG potential test (not in terms of technicals, but rather strategy). --> E.g. after 2 mins go to next question, elimination of questions, guesstimate etc.
Hi there what was the hardest case interview question that you have ever gotten?
what was the hardest case interview question that you have ever gotten?
Hi, "Is the client primarily looking for quantitative or qualitative insights?" - not sure how this question is relevant if at all. Most of the insights are coming from numbers "Are we mainly co... (more)
"Is the client primarily looking for quantitative or qualitative insights?" - not sure how this question is relevant if at all. Most of the insights are coming from numbers
"Are we mainly concerned about finding the causes and then propose some solutions or should we directly come up with solutions?" - Irrelevant as well. There are no cases where you come directly with the solutions. Even in the case of the sales growth you first need to do the diagnostics. Consultants don't come up with ready-made recommendations.
I suggest asking the following questions:
1) Clarify the business model / how the business actually makes money. Even if you think you understand it, try to repeat it to make sure that you understand it correctly. e.g. if the case is about oil&gas company which revenues are declining, ask if it is Up / mid / down-stream problem. In this case, defining a revenue stream is critical to setting up the right structure.
2) Clarify the objective. Here make sure that your goal is:
- Has a time-framed
- Has / has no limitations
e.g. Should I invest 100k in this business for 1 year if I want to get 15% return?
3) Ask the questions that will help you build a relevant structure and remove ambiguity
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