Meaningful questions to ask at end of case interview

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Anonymous A asked on Sep 17, 2019

Hi Guys,

I have an upcoming second round interview with Alvarez & Marsal Middle east with a Senior Director. I am kind of confused as to what I should ask him at the end of the interview, since I could not seem to find his linkedin to get to know about him, nor could I find anything specific about Alvarez & Marsal that I could talk about.

Anu suggestions in this matter will be highly appreciated !!

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Deniz
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replied on Sep 18, 2019
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Hi,

In addition to the insights provided by other experts here, I can also tell you that you can ask a question regarding the staffing model in the office (it's quite office specific, thus it may not be possible to understand online). Staffing model would include the following:

  • What are the typical industries and functional topics covered
  • Whether you will have a say in being staffed in projects of your preference
  • Whether the clients are typically in the same city, different city or country

Best,

Deniz

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Vlad
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replied on Sep 17, 2019
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HI,

In most of the cases, you'll have no chance to research in profile. From what I've seen only Bain shares interviewers names.

The main objective is to have a good conversation and highlight your intellectual capacity and curiosity. Thus:

It is ok to ask:

  • Questions that cause positive emotions and highlight consulting pros (e.g. Mck people)
  • Questions on the topics you are excited about (e.g. data science)
  • Non-business questions (e.g. team retreats)

It's not ok to ask:

  • Questions that can cause negative emotions (e.g. work hours)
  • Information you should learn before the interview (e.g. typical career path)
  • Questions that may show that you are unfamiliar with consulting work (Like are you specialized in strategy or operations?)

Be prepared and good luck!

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Marco-Alexander
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Anonymous replied on Jul 29, 2020

Dear A,

Ideally, there are questions hat could show your intrinsic interest in the company, person, or both ideally. So one of the greatest question could be for example the following:

"Now, look at your career XX long, what is the one project assignment, by looking back, makes you very proud of accomplishing smth great?"

Hope it helps,


Good luck,

André

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