Case examples based on interviewer's focus area

Chris asked on Apr 14, 2018 - 4 answers
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Quite unexpectedly I got a final round interview with a global firm (not MBB) and I'm pushing myself as hard as I can to prepare.

I'm trying to guess what are the possible cases I could receive based on my interviewer's profile which is pretty concentrated and interesting. What cases would you look at in the first place?

# Interviewer A

- strategic sourcing

- procurement

- cost benchmarking

- cost optimization & transformation

- due diligence

- market analysis for PE, consumer, retail, financial services

I know it's kind of difficult to predict but do you know some good procurement/cost-centric cases?



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Henry replied on Apr 15, 2018

Congrats, sounds like ATK, if I'm right, they do have some official cases online a few years ago, you can google it.

Vlad replied on Apr 15, 2018
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There is not much value in that guessing:

  • The correlation of cases with the interviewer's profile is not that high
  • Your interviewer's background is quite diverse
  • Consultants do so many projects in various industries and functions that the number of outcomes (cases) becomes even bigger

I would recommend concentrating on the case prep and finding the partners who can give you a great feedback.


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For final rounds usually correlation is actually pretty high with specialization if interviewer. However trying to guess and prepare for specific topics feels to much of a gamble to me, especially if the profile they provided you with is outdated (I know interviewing partners that didn’t update their profiles for 5-7 years!). My suggestion is to I’ve some emphasis to those topics, but not focus exclusively.

Funny, when I read that list of topics I also thought about ATK or Alix.

Hope it helps,


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Hi Chris,

I would suggest the following approach:

  • Download 4-5 MBA consulting handbooks. You should find many of them online for free.
  • Filter by procurement/costs. Sometimes you may also find a division by firm.
  • Read the cases trying to structure your own approach first, or ask a friend to help you as the interviewer for the case.

As Vlad mentioned, there is no guarantee you will necessarily receive a case based on procurement/costs, I would suggest thus to prepare on the other common type of cases as well (revenues increase, new product, market entry, market sizing, etc).



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