Interview grading rubric

1st round interview
Edited on Jun 26, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 24, 2021

Are the rubrics used at MBB generic or are they tailored to the case? For example is it a general checklist like "candidate captured and explained ideas in a MECE way during brainstorming" ..or do they have sample answers and grade you based on how many of those answers you captured?

Could someone demystify what these rubrics contain /share them if possible?


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replied on Jun 24, 2021
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Hi there,

The rubrics are standardized. Interviewers are trained in being objective and grading fairly regardless of the case.

They certainly don't have sample answers...remember this isn't a TA helping a professor grade exams...these are trained profesionals who know strategy consulting and the case like the back of their hand...they know what you're doing right and wrong!

I have one of these rubrics (which I use to assess candidates). More than happy to share as part of session. That said, the PrepLounge grading sections are a good initial guide for you!

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updated an answer on Jun 26, 2021
Bain | passed >15 MBB interviews as a candidate

Both. Recruiting rubrics are standardized, as performance needs to be comparable across cases. But if the interviewers are good and have done their work properly, they have developed a specific rubric for their case that translates the overall assessment rubric the company uses into a performance measurement for their specific case. 

E.g. the overall rubric could say:

  • Candidate breaks down the case into a well-structured approach that is both MECE and practical to execute against
    • Then there are typically descriptions of different performance grades below this

Then a specific rubric developed for the case could say:

  • An oustanding candidate develops a framework that decomposes profitability into the different product types and regions over time and specifically geographical and product mentions mix shift effects in the introduction of the framework
  • A strong candidate applies a profit tree and provides some flavor on the case specific analysis
  • A weak candidate applies a profit tree without any tailoring or another non-fitting framework


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