Hi,
I recommend using the following approach while doing your calculations:

Tell the interviewer your approach / formula

Check with the interviewer that your approach is correct

Ask for a minute to perform the calculations

Check any assumptions you make with the interviewer. If you need to round the number  you have to check with the interviewer as well

Come to the interviewer with some intermediate calculations results to check that you are moving in the right direction

Come up with the final answer

Provide the conclusions from the final answer
Several things are important during the calculation phase of the interview:
The following skills will speed up your calculations and reduce the probability of making a mistake:
1) Learn how to solve equations and systems of equations. As you could have noticed, some cases require solving an equation. You can use GMAT books to practice.
2) Learn how to multiply doubledigit numbers really fast. It takes just a couple of hours to learn how to apply this method on paper and a couple of days to start doing these calculations mentally, but it's worth it. Please follow the link for more details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ndkkPZYJHo
3) Learn how to work with zeros.
Simply always use the powers of 10. Then you'll be able to multiply / divide the numbers and sum up / subtract the powers separately:
For example: 300 x 9000 = 3 x 10ˆ2 x 9 x 10ˆ3 = 3 x 9 x 10ˆ(2+3) = 27 x 10ˆ5 or 2.7 Mln
If you get used to writing all the numbers that way, you will never lose zeros.
4) Learn the division table. This method will help you calculate any percentage problems like market shares or margins. For example, if your market is $620M and your revenues are $5.1M you can use 5/6 or 83.3%, as a proxy to calculate the market share. By adjusting to zeroes and slightly decreasing the number, you'll get 8.2%
Hi,
I recommend using the following approach while doing your calculations:

Tell the interviewer your approach / formula

Check with the interviewer that your approach is correct

Ask for a minute to perform the calculations

Check any assumptions you make with the interviewer. If you need to round the number  you have to check with the interviewer as well

Come to the interviewer with some intermediate calculations results to check that you are moving in the right direction

Come up with the final answer

Provide the conclusions from the final answer
Several things are important during the calculation phase of the interview:
The following skills will speed up your calculations and reduce the probability of making a mistake:
1) Learn how to solve equations and systems of equations. As you could have noticed, some cases require solving an equation. You can use GMAT books to practice.
2) Learn how to multiply doubledigit numbers really fast. It takes just a couple of hours to learn how to apply this method on paper and a couple of days to start doing these calculations mentally, but it's worth it. Please follow the link for more details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ndkkPZYJHo
3) Learn how to work with zeros.
Simply always use the powers of 10. Then you'll be able to multiply / divide the numbers and sum up / subtract the powers separately:
For example: 300 x 9000 = 3 x 10ˆ2 x 9 x 10ˆ3 = 3 x 9 x 10ˆ(2+3) = 27 x 10ˆ5 or 2.7 Mln
If you get used to writing all the numbers that way, you will never lose zeros.
4) Learn the division table. This method will help you calculate any percentage problems like market shares or margins. For example, if your market is $620M and your revenues are $5.1M you can use 5/6 or 83.3%, as a proxy to calculate the market share. By adjusting to zeroes and slightly decreasing the number, you'll get 8.2%
To be more specific, in my weeks of prep leading up to my MBB 1st round I spent a lot of time practicing fast computation, applying structure to my case analysis and presentation, but in the interview I struggled to determine how to use the various data sets (3 graphs) and know what type of equation(s) I needed to setup to solve the problem. I got the math right, played back the graphical interpretations but required prompting by the interviewer on how I could setup the formula to utilise the data. Someone recommended GMAT prep books  any other suggestions? — Anonymous A on Feb 17, 2020