framework/approach in interviewer led case

interviewer led
New answer on Aug 25, 2019
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Sara A
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asked on Aug 24, 2019
Preparing for McKinsey Operations

What is the best time to introduce a framwork/approach in interviewer led case? Is it after the introduction of the case or after the first question?

I am asking this because generally the first question in interviewer led interviews is something like: how would you approach this problem? ...

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Vlad
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replied on Aug 25, 2019
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Hi,

It doesn't matter who leads the case, the approach is the same:

  1. You listen to the problem
  2. Ask clarifying questions
  3. Make the recap
  4. Take a minute to make a structure
  5. Present the structure

In the interviewer-led case, the interviewer may ask you then to drill deeper into the particular area of your structure

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Kieran
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replied on Aug 24, 2019

Hi Sara,

My personal opinion would be to:

  • Clarify and understand the question (objectives, business model information etc)
  • Take a minute to structure the problem.

This will be a good habit as even if you structure before the first question, the interviewer will ask for your approach/structure anyway. You have just been proactive in sharing it first.

This would save you from forgetting it in an interviewer led case or not having enough time/glossing over it etc.

Kieran

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