For case interview, are we assuming that the person who we are delivering the message to is the partner?

Case Interview
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Anonymous A asked on Jul 21, 2020

For case interview, are we assuming that the person who we are delivering the message to is the partner instead of the client? Because in casebook, it usually says "so I would suggest that our client...." so that means we are talking to a "partner" at a case. And thus I need to use words properly to refer to in the middle of the case.

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Sidi
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replied on Jul 21, 2020
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Hi!

I would suggest you refocus yourself on the relevant aspects of case solving! Whether you formally address the client or the partner is completely irrelevant - the only thing that counts is whether you show the right thinking and whether you are able to clearly articulate that thinking.

Cheers, Sidi

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Robert
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replied on Jul 21, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

Unless something else is communicated by your interviewer, assume that he is the partner and not the client. Whenever in doubt, just ask - as simple as that.

Does it really matter? No, I don't really care about that, and also can't remember any interviewer who did.

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Ian
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Hi!

It honestly doesn't matter!

I think it's more natural to just say "We should look at, we should recommend, etc. etc."

When in doubt, you can just leave it out...i.e. "I would suggest xxxx" instead of "I would suggest to our client xxxx"

Much easier/safer/more comfortable :)

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Clara
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replied on Jul 23, 2020
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Hello!

In most cases, from the beggining, the refer all the time to "the client". Hence, it´s more or less clearly stated that is kind of a role play with them.

However, it´s not really important, since at the end you are interacting with someone 1on1, in front of u, so you won´t be saying "Ey Mrs. Client, or ey Miss, Partner".

Just be natural!

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous replied on Jul 22, 2020

Dear A,

It doesn't really matter. Otherwise you can just ask of use it as "we"

Best,

André

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Francesco
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Hi there,

The only part of the interview where you may have to refer to either the CEO or a partner is the conclusion.

The interviewer will usually tell you if there is a specific person you should address the sum up to (eg “The CEO would like to hear what you found”).

If that is not specified or in the rest of the case, it doesn’t really matter who you refer to. You can use “We recommend..” as mentioned by Ian and André.

Best,

Francesco

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