How to maintain motivation of practicing cases

Application Case Interview motivation
New answer on Feb 06, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Feb 05, 2020

I have been full time preparing consulting interviews (2 months). I have been practising around 1 case per day, but sometimes I feel demotivated because I don't have many interviews lining up. Any advice on how to keep the motivation of preparing case interviews, under the uncertainty of getting an interview?

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Francesco
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replied on Feb 06, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

a couple of tips:

  1. Keep track of your progress. Write down mistakes and see how many you do per case, or a similar metric. Keeping track of things allows to see improvements and keep motivation. Think of it as measuring results in a gym – you won’t see any gain short term but if you see you are lifting more every week that will help to perceive the gains
  2. Review your prep calendar. This means change routine, exercises or timeline. You may want to add a level of novelty to what you are doing to keep things interesting
  3. Improve the application process. If you are not getting interviews maybe you should work on referrals, more on that here: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/hey-everyonehope-all-is-well-3176

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Francesco

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Clara
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replied on Feb 06, 2020
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Hello!

Totally understand your frustration.

I would slow down on preparation and focus this effort on getting the interview (e.g., networking, attending to events, etc.)

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Udayan
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replied on Feb 05, 2020
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I understand the feeling, it gets repetitive and you start to lose interest. One thing that worked for me is instead of only focusing on cases I started to analyze everything around me as a case. For example - how can I make the boarding process more efficient at an airport, how to increase revenue for my favorite smoothie shop, how does population growth affect GDP etc. I took problems I really liked and applied case principles to them and really enjoyed it

All the best,

Udayan

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Anonymous on Feb 06, 2020

that's a great way have fun and learn, one day after case practice we tired to solve a case of saving toilet paper at home

Antonello
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Hi, 60+ cases are enough. I recommend to slow down now and do a final rush when interviews will be scheduled.

Best,
Antonello

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Ian
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Hi,

One method is to track your cases and look at what's "missing". I have an industry-to-case-type matrix you can use if you like. Feel free to shoot me a message for it!

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Vlad
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Hi,

Why don't you start interviewing with 2nd Tier / Big 4? It will keep you energized

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