Expert with best answer


100% Recommendation Rate

34 Meetings

18 Q&A Upvotes

USD 319 / Coaching

Bain Written Case

Andrei asked on Dec 04, 2015 - 3 answers

Hi All,

I'm having a written case next week with Bain London. It's a 30-minute exercise with 20 slides and text to analyse and then 30 minutes to present to a partner.

If anyone had already had it, can you please share your experiences? I.e.

-What industries were covered?

-What frameworks did you use?

-What key points should I (and all future candidates ) concentrate on?

Thank you very much in advance.

3 answers

  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Best Answer
replied on Dec 06, 2015
Former Mckinsey and BCG consultant focused on Digital & Technology applied to Business
Book a coaching with Matteo

100% Recommendation Rate

34 Meetings

18 Q&A Upvotes

USD 319 / Coaching

Hi, I have had a similar case since when I went trough the recruiting process as an experienced consultant and this was the first step.

I will answer below to your 3 questons:

1) banking, business development in new market

2) market analysis, SWOT, and then used a profitability risk matrix to compare with alternatives, finally NPV(discounted cashflows) and break-even analysis to evaluate the investment

3) Start with strategic macro-economic view: regulations, competitors, barriers to enter, socio-political aspects, status of that industry in the market (early-stage vs. mature, etc.). Then continue with market analysis (volume and value estimations) and conclude with evaluation of initial investment, fix/variable costs and potential revenues.

Hope this is useful, good luck!

replied on Dec 13, 2015
Ex-Bain Manager who conducted 100+ interviews in 5 years with Bain
Book a coaching with Mukkul

100% Recommendation Rate

3 Meetings

7 Q&A Upvotes

USD 219 / Coaching

The actual case is different from office to office and they do not focus on any one specific industry only. The cases also get recycled with new ones coming in frequently and hence there is no point trying to figure out which industry it will be.

The approach to your written case should be the same as any other consulting case. The difference is that you HAVE a LOT of data presented to you. This is a test of seeing how well you synthesize the data, connect the dots to draw logical conclusions. This written case has less to do with a framework with which to analyse the 'case' and more with a framework for how you SUMMARIZE YOUR ANSWER.

The key to summarizing your answer is simply to use a simple issue/decision tree (am sure you can find more details online). This typically goes:

  1. The Key Question asked of me was X
  2. I believe the answer is X
  3. My key (2-4) reasons/assertions for this answer are A, B, C, ...
  4. The data points supporting the reasons are from slides (provided) N and M.
  5. ... and so on ...

There is a MATH component to the written case as well. Here you should understand What you are trying to calculate, What are the data points you need to calculate it and then find those data points in the slides. For this I would recommend that you develop your 'equation' first and then try to hunt for the data in the slides. If you try to gather all the data first and then try to build out your equation to fit that ... you may get lost in the details (you'll always be given more data than is actually needed to solve the problem; one of the key consulting skills is to FOCUS on most important things and ignore the rest).

Hope this is helpful.

Anonymous A replied on Dec 11, 2015

Has anyone heard back for the London office?

Related BootCamp article(s)

Case Studies

The case study is the most important element of the case interview, which you'll have to nail in order to get into strategic consulting. Here you can learn the specific skills and concepts necessary to solve them.

Related case(s)

Bain case: Asian lubricants producer

Solved 103.4k times
4.7 5 27481
| Rating: (4.7 / 5.0)

LubricantsCo, a very successful Asian premium producer of lubricants in their native region, would like to further increase their revenue and profit. The product range ranges from lubricants in the automotive sector (e.g. motor and gear oil) to industrial applications (e.g. fats, heavy-duty oils). ... Open whole case

Bain Case: Old Winery

Solved 40.1k times
4.4 5 1046
| Rating: (4.4 / 5.0)

You have inherited the “Old Winery” from your grandfather, a winery which has been family owned for five generations and can be dated back to the 16th century. Half of the eleven hectares are used to grow white grapes, the other half to grow red grapes. They are grown in the conventional way, i.e. ... Open whole case

Bain Questions

Solved 22.0k times
4.6 5 278
| Rating: (4.6 / 5.0) |
Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

Tell me about a difficult situation you had to cope with. Tell me of a task which you didn’t like doing and explain why you performed it nevertheless. Why do you do things? What do you like doing most / What is your favorite hobby? Walk me through a situation where you showed leadership skills. Open whole case