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How common are market sizing questions in MBB interviews?

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Hi,

Do you know how common market sizing questions in MBB interview?

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Ben
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replied on 12/02/2018
Bain & Co interviewer (~3 years) | MBB-prep focused | Expert: Market Sizing; P&L cases | 50+ coachees at MBB

Hey!

Great question!

I might be talking about Bain only, but having a case exclusively focused on market sizing at Bain is extremely unlikely. When we "create" our cases, we have clear guidelines, and market-sizing only cases don't give us a chance to evaluate candidates across all dimensions.
This being said, you can definitely have a market sizing "sub-question" in a P&L or revenue growth case for instance, and I would guess this happens in 10-15% of the time, and certain offices may be more likely to give market sizing than others.

I have also heard that BCG (at least in London) is trying to tweak the format of the first rounds and include necessarily a market sizing there - not sure if this is systematic and if this is the case in other offices.

I haven't heard that McK are necessarily big fans of market sizing, and I expect an approach similar to Bain, you may need to size a market but that would be part of a broader question - again to be verified for the office you're targetting.

Overall, I'd say the best way to know this would be to ask a few consultants from the office you're interested in at MBB and compare their answers.

I hope this helps! :)
Ben

Vlad replied on 12/03/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Quite common among all the three firms. More often as a part of the case than as a standalone case. The actual frequency does not matter - it's just to often to neglect the market sizing cases in your preparation.

Best!

Guennael replied on 12/02/2018
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Fairly uncommon, especially at BCG and McK in my experience. Bain may give them a little more often apparently, but I'd still rate as rather unlikely

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