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Organizing notes in Mckinsey

Anonymous A asked on Jul 08, 2019

Hi everyone,

how do you suggest to organize the notes in a case interview? It is wrong to write each question on a different sheet in a McKinsey case?

Thanks !

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Hi,

I recommend the following approach- split the main sheet into 2 parts and then the left part into 2 quadrants:

  • Upper left - initial information given at the beginning of the interview and while asking clarifying questions
  • Lower left - Your objective. The objective should be measurable and should have a timeline
  • Right part - Your structure and the whole caseflow

Also, a good practice is to put the key numbers near the corresponding buckets.

! Have a separate sheet for math calculations!

It's also important:

  1. A good habit is to guide the interviewer through your structure by showing the structure on paper. So at least the structure should look clean and clear for the interviewer. Literally, move your pen to the different elements of your structure while presenting. And very often you need to do more than one structure while solving the case.
  2. You need to have clarity with numbersto be successful at calculations.
  3. While providing the final recommendation you need to find all the key numbers quickly, in order to use them in the arguments. Thus you need clarity

All in all - having clear and organized notes have many pros while unclear notes can easily lead to failure.

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Hi,

You can keep the paper horizontally and keep the data points on the top right of the page (in a box). There are typically 4 5 main questions in a mck case. If you find it easier, you can dedicate each page for one question.

Best,

Deniz

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