Here are some tips that will be useful during the fit part of the interview.
Structuring your answer
- Use the S-PARADE-L method (http://www.caseinterview.com/parade-method
- Anticipated consequence
- Decision-making rationale
- End result
- Learning point/key takeaways
Answering the question correctly
- Be very, very specific with your stories, do not delve too much in describing details about the setting, focus instead on what you did and why you did it.
- Focus on your achievement/skills, not on your team or group.
Interacting with the interviewer
- Don't make your stories too long (1.5 minutes max)
- Try to get the interviewer to participate. You can say things like "This story is about my time volunteering in India. Have you been there?" This will probably lead to a simple yes/no answer which won't interrupt your story and will create the "we are having a conversation" feeling more than the "interviewer VS interviewee feeling".
Dealing with unexpected questions
- Do as you would in a case study question. Clarify the question to make sure that your answering what the interviewer wants and then structure your answer using S-PARADE-L.
- The more you practice the better you will become at reacting like this naturally. It will also become harder for you to get an unexpected question.
Top 3 most common questions
- Tell me about yourself.
- Structure this one very well as it is very likely that you will get asked something like it.
- You need to separate your life story into several stages (A, B, C etc) then:
- 1A. Explain the situation ("I did an internship at an Engineering company")
- 2A. Explain what you enjoyed and learned ("I had a great time analysing X and using MATLAB to improve my programming skills")
- 3A. Explain what you missed that justifies your transition to the next stage of your story (B). ("However, I was missing interaction with clients and it seemed like I was not going to get it for a few months, so I decided to move to a role in Sales at Uber")
- Repeat the structure (1B. 2B, 3B, etc.) until you get to why you are sitting in front of the interviewer right now.
- Why consulting?
- Why X company?
I hope this helps! Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.