Very early in a recent case interview, the interviewer pulled up 4 different multi-section charts on one page, with terms / segment names that hadn't yet been introduced. How should I begin tackling a huge information dump like this, while remaining structured and composed?
I asked for maybe a 20-30 second pause, and then started to think out loud and make basic observations. But there was no way I could have come up with a coherent thesis in that time while mentally processing the new terms ("What the heck is a "one-and-doner"? Oh they must mean how often the customers shop with us...Is this pie chart industry wide or for our client only, because it's not labeled clearly..."). My instinct was to drive it towards the question that I had asked before the interviewer delivered the charts, but that seems like the bare minimum, and the path forward wasn't obvious at first.