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How do you best prepare for a Human Capital Case study?

Megan

I have a case interview next week, and I would love some tips and tricks regarding these case studies.

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Vlad replied on 01/29/2018
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The human capital cases I've seen were all cost cutting cases with layoffs, outsourcing, shared service center, etc. Here is a basic structure for cost cutting:

Cost cutting cases

Structuring:

  • What is the cost composition and what are the biggest costs
  • Benchmarking of the biggest costs to find the improvement potential
  • Process improvements to meet the benchmarks
  • Costs and benefits of the proposed initiatives

The key concepts that you have to learn:

  • Internal / external benchmarking
  • Idle time
  • Core processes (usually are optimized) and the supporting processes (usually are cut)
  • Math structures (Frequency of operations * time per operation)
  • Other useful structures (e.g. people - process - technology)

Feel free to reach me for further help with these cases.

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