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Case evaluation - how?

Anonymous A

Hi,

Is there some recommended scoring system or evaluation tool that will assist me to evaluate my performance from case to case?

I'm looking for some standard I can use across cases...
Maybe something similar to the actual (or good enough) MBB evaluation key exists?

Thanks!!

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Andrea
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replied on 06/15/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years

Agreed with the shortcomings highlighted by others. However, if you still want to see the evaluation framework I think that the one here on preplounge to assist interviewers to evaluate candidates is pretty spot on.

Hope this helps,

Andrea

Sidi replied on 06/12/2018
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 50+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi Anonymous,

while there is a "grading scheme" to assess interview performance at MBB firms, it is proprietary IP of the firms and giving it away would be a straight breach of contract.

But even more importantly: it would not be of any use for you anyway, since you do not have a reference point if you have not been trained as an interviewer at an MBB firm. So - in my view - the only way to get a valid evaluation of your case performance against formal requirements is via a current or former MBB interviewer. Everything else will most certainly cause more damage than benefit.

Cheers, Sidi

Vlad replied on 06/12/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

First of all, I think it will be hard to apply it yourself objectively.

Secondly, although you might want to be assessed objectively based on some scale - most of the people make their decisions subjectively and then use the scale to justify it. (There is a great study of court decision correlations with before / after lunch time). For example - if the interviewer does not enjoy talking to you (for any reason), you will not pass the interview, no matter how well you solve a case. Moreover, every interviewer has his own style and their questions / stress they create may differ.

I would rather ask for a feedback from the consultant / ex-consultant to get some kind of an estimate. But take into account that the cases they give you may be not representative since people have a selection bias. For example, most of the McKinsey consultants on the mock interview will give you some classic case easy to remember (e.g. Market entry), but on the real interview, chances are very high that you will get a non-profit or operational case, which are less popular.

Best

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