In prep videos I've encountered, it's recommended that in the opening of your case, you announce the overall high-level structure of how you want to approach the problem.
- In order to [Answer Question], we have to locate the root cause of [Client's Problem]. In order to do this, I'd like to split my approach into 3 steps.
- First, I will break down this problem into smaller pieces and explore some potential issues and hypotheses related to these areas
- Next, I'll analyze available information and data about these areas until I arrive at the key driver of why [Client's Problem].
- And finally, I will use what I've learned to form actionable solutions to [Answer Question]
- "Does this sound like a reasonable approach to you?"
However, in interviewer-led cases, I'm not sure if I should do this since the interviewer will ask me a specific question (often what my first step would be but not always). Should I announce my whole structure and then align with my interviewer, only announce the first step and align, or not announce anything?
Also, I've heard that sometimes firms known for one type of led case will ask the other. How will I know when this occurs?