Partners, principals, consultants, and business analysts are going to challenge me in ways my PrepLounge partners don't--both in interviewers and on the job. Below is a list I've assembled of common "challenges" that interviewers present candidates with frequently.
What are some others that I'm missing? Let's collect them here, so we can all challenge each other further in mock cases.
- question your framework
- wait for you to lay out your "perfect" conceptual framework, then immediately throw you a curveball by
- 1) asking a market sizing question, or
- 2) asking about a bucket/concept you didn't includ, just to see how you react
- ask you to brainstorm at various points throughout case expecting structure--don't trust anyone who says otherwise! If your replies to these brainstorm questions aren't at least mostly good & structured, it tells them you aren't a truly structured thinker--you may not be able to stand up to the on-the-job requirements of impromptu structuring many times a day--in front of clients and when partners randomly walk into the room while you're working for an update.
- ask you questions and NOT give you time to structure your thoughts
(posting Q again here) What are some others that I'm missing? Let's collect them here.