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OW Interview - New York

Oliver Wyman
New answer on May 24, 2023
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Anonymous A asked on May 19, 2023

Hi all!

Can anyone help me understand the interview process for associate or senior associate level at Oliver Wyman - New York office?
Also, is it different in difficulty from the process at the London office?

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Content Creator
replied on May 20, 2023
#1 Coach for Sessions (4.500+) | 1.500+ 5-Star Reviews | Proven Success (➡ | Ex BCG | 10Y+ Coaching

Hi there,

1) Can anyone help me understand the interview process for associate or senior associate level at Oliver Wyman - New York office?

The candidates that I helped for OW New York in the past had 2 interviews in first round and 2 in finals.

During the first round, they had one interview which was fit only and the other which was case only, however this might have changed in the meantime.

2) Also, is it different in difficulty from the process at the London office?

I don’t have specific information on that but I don’t think this would help much to prepare in any case. Currently there is also a relevant effect due to demand/supply – not all offices are hiring much and this can have an impact on the likelihood of an offer. To get more info on the hiring situation I would recommend to check with an insider for your target offices (ideally the person that might refer you).

If you need help please feel free to PM me, I know 10 real case questions they asked at OW in New York.



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Content Creator
replied on May 24, 2023
#1 rated MBB & McKinsey Coach

Hi there, 

It's always best to reach out directly to the HR from your target office to discuss this question. 

Realistically speaking, the process changes often, and it can vary from role to role, so to make sure you have access to the best info, you should reach out to those who handle it. 


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replied on May 20, 2023
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First off, good luck in the interview!

Small note: To answer your question (which won't help you)…you can expect a case + fit interview but should also be prepared for market sizing. The difficulty will be the same as the London office. OW works in Automotive, Communications, Media, And Technology, Education, Energy And Natural Resources, Financial Services, Health And Life Sciences, Industrial Products, Private Equity And Principal Investors, Public Sector And Policy, Retail And Consumer Goods, and Transportation….so technically, any of these can appear. In New York, areas like Health and Life Sciences, Financial Services, etc. will be more likely.

1) But nothing I just said matters

Now, all that said, the #1 thing to remember for these interviews is that you should expect nothing.

These interviewers could give you all classic cases. Or, they could give you all completely unconventional cases.

Or, they could give you zero cases and just ask you brainstorming questions, scenario-based questions, expertise-based questions, etc. 

They might even create a case for you on the spot through scribbles they made on a piece of paper (yes, this just happened to one of my candidates).

Or, somewhere in between this.

So, train your skills, rather than studying like you do for a Biology exam in college.

Now, to your questions :)

2) what sorts of Cases to expect;

ANY and ALL. Please don't go in expecting anything. If you expect, it's more likely you will be wrong than right.

3) What mistakes to avoid,

Doing what everyone else does.

Don't go in expecting x and y. Don't go in with the mindset of “taking a test”. Go in with the mindset of being assessed as a consulting!

Oh, look here, just so happens I've written about the 4 most common mistakes to avoid :)

  1. Waiting until you have an interview to prep
  2. Using the wrong resources
  3. Going cheap
  4. Trying to boil the ocean

Here's some mindset shift reading that's important for you to absord 

4) what values and soft skill sets to emphasise

Here's my sentence for an optimal candidate (what you're trying to demonstrate to them):

"Someone who can approach a complicated problem and think + communicate in a structured way in the right context+objective of the case, while being personable, adaptable, and coachable, so that, ultimately, the interviewer can see themselves working with this individual and putting them in front of a client."

5) what kinds of questions would be best for ME to ask at the conclusion of each interview.

Genuine questions. Have a conversation. Ask about them. Ask about the topic. No different to any of your past interviews! I have a list if you need ideas.

Final Note: Don't “expect” things

It's great you're doing your research! But, just remember, actual interviews are fluid/dynamic and depend on the person interviewing you.

Just as a reference, check out how this interview with McKinsey went for one of my recent candidates (you know, the McKinsey PEI that is “set in stone” and you can “100% gaurentee these will be the 3 questions they ask”)

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