Less than 48 hours to prepare for case interview

Digital transformation tier 2 consulting top tips
New answer on Feb 03, 2020
5 Answers
1.2 k Views
Lancelle
Skilled
asked on Feb 02, 2020

I successfully landed a job offer with one consultancy. I also have managed to reach final stage interview with another Tier 2 consultancy. I have been invited to case interview and have less than 72 hours to prepare. I am an experienced hire but have limited experience on tackling case interviews. Please can you share your top tips on areas I can focus on. I would be extremely grateful for any guidance on presentation tips on retail cases requiring data analysis. Thank you

Overview of answers

Upvotes
  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Best answer
Francesco
Expert
Content Creator
replied on Feb 03, 2020
#1 Coach for Sessions (4.000+) | 1.400+ 5-Star Reviews | Proven Success (➡ InterviewOffers.com) | Ex BCG | 9Y+ Coaching
Was this answer helpful?
Sidi
Expert
replied on Feb 02, 2020
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 350+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi!

Please pick up the phone and reschedule the interview. YOU decide when you interview, not the firm. Do a proper preparation and then go to the interview once you are ready. This is to the benefit of yourself and to the firm.

Cheers, Sidi

Was this answer helpful?
Vlad
Expert
Content Creator
replied on Feb 02, 2020
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Please reschedule the interview if you are not sure of your performance. There is absolutely no penalty for rescheduling your interview. I still can't understand why so many candidates hesitate to do that and fail.

Best!

Was this answer helpful?
Clara
Expert
Content Creator
replied on Feb 02, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

Given (1) how demanding these interviews are (you not only need to be good, you have to really rock it) and (2) the fact that they make you wait for approx. 1 year if you fail and want to re-apply, I would gently try to push back the interview in time.

Talk to HR, they will be understanding.

Good luck!

Cheers,

Clara

Was this answer helpful?
Antonello
Expert
Content Creator
replied on Feb 02, 2020
McKinsey | MBA professor for consulting interviews

Hi Lancelle,
it's very challenging, I recommend rescheduling the interview. Otherwise, I would work on the fit part, by sharpening impactful stories about your background and structuring the answer for the most common question "why consulting" and "why this firm". Regarding the cases, you should cover the most common framework for profitability, market-entry, and market sizing.

Hope it helps,
Antonello

Was this answer helpful?
Francesco gave the best answer

Francesco

Content Creator
#1 Coach for Sessions (4.000+) | 1.400+ 5-Star Reviews | Proven Success (➡ InterviewOffers.com) | Ex BCG | 9Y+ Coaching
4,027
Meetings
27,737
Q&A Upvotes
292
Awards
5.0
1480 Reviews