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Final round feedback: jumping to conclusion

Case Interview Final Round MBB partner Structure
New answer on Sep 04, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Aug 07, 2019

Hi all,

I recently got feedback from my second round mbb interview with a partner.

Key feedback were around my problem solving:

1. Weak structure as I started off too narrowly (diving straight into company specifics when it was an industry problem)

2. Jumping to conclusions prematurely

3. Uninspiring insights

I am being progressed to a final partner level interview but I'm really at a loss at how to improve on the above issues, especially on jumping to conclusions.

Brief background: I'm applying for an Associate position but I'm making the jump from the financial industry.

Greatly appreciate any and all advice!

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replied on Aug 07, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


1. Can only recommend practicing here. Hard to give specific feedback without knowing the details

2. This happens when you don't dig enough deep to find a root cause:

  • You found a piece of numeric evidence, but did not manage to find an underlying root cause (e.g. the decline in sales was caused by the change in the mix of customers, but you did not dig deeper to understand what has led to the change in the mix)
  • You found only one of the underlying problems (e.g. the objective was to cut costs by $4M and you found a way to cut $2M and jumped into conclusion. But there were actually two more drivers)
  • You found a conclusion but did not make any calculations (e.g. you found that your competitors have an automated process and recommended to automate for us as well without doing any cost-benefit analysis)
  • You found a root cause but it was not deep enough (e.g. you found that the transportation process through the job shop took longer because of the longer distance. But the real problem was the layout of the job shop and the curvy routing

3. Again - need to know the context


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Anonymous replied on Sep 04, 2020

Hi A,

The first this should do is practicing. Being able to make your story or full answer structered and consistent is not a gift but the result of practice. I can share with you some tips that may help you by preparing for the interview.

First of all, you should determine the main issue of the question you're asked and think of related experiences in the past.

Secondly, you always have to give your answer a structure: with a beginning, middle and end, so you don't jump to conclusions prematurely but follow a concrete plan.

You can also use the STAR framework to make your answer specific and to provide all the information needed.

S — Situation. Describe the situation in whole, briefly.

T — Task. Describe the tasks you would have to do to resolve the situation.

A — Approach. Tell about Your approach and what actions you would take in this particular situation.

R — Result. Finally, describe the outcome of your actions.

And practice, practice, practice.

These tips can significantly facilitate You to complete the interview tasks in future.

Hope this helps.



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