Case Preparation

Case preparation Focusing on The Core: Mock Interviews
New answer on Jul 31, 2022
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Dimitrios
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asked on Jul 26, 2022

Hello,

I just wanted to ask the following: Are we supposed to solve our selected case before the meeting with another candidate or should we do it live with no preperation? 

I find it a bit confusing, as for example when we take the role of the interviewer we are advised to know the case, in order to improve the overall experience.

Thank you

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Francesco
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replied on Jul 27, 2022
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Hi Dimitrios,

Q: Are we supposed to solve our selected case before the meeting with another candidate or should we do it live with no preparation? 

It depends.

If you act as the interviewer: definitely read it in advance.

If you act as the candidate: definitely don’t read it in advance.

If you act as the interviewer, you need to know the case well to deliver it. While if you act as a candidate, you should not know the case as this will bias your performance.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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Dimitrios on Jul 27, 2022

Thank you very much!

Ian
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Hi Dimitrios,

Please don't read the read you are going to be given!

The only way to have an effective case given to you is by having no idea what it will be beforehand! This simulates the real-life interview where you won't know what the case is until you hear it.

Given you're new to casing, here's some reading to help you get ramped up: https://www.preplounge.com/en/articles/how-to-shift-your-mindset-to-ace-the-case

 

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Dimitrios on Jul 27, 2022

Thank you very much!

Sofia
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replied on Jul 27, 2022
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Hello,

If you are taking the role of the interviewer, read the case in advance and familiarize yourself with it. If you are taking the role of the candidate, do not read it in advance - otherwise it wouldn't be mimicking the interview scenario.

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Dimitrios on Jul 27, 2022

Thank you very much!

Cristian
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replied on Jul 31, 2022
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Hi there, 

The case you are meant to be receiving you should be doing fresh. It should be a new context for you. 

The case you will be giving to another candidate you should know in detail to replicate as much as possible the interviewer's knowledge during the interview.

Best,

Cristian

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