Should I practice case in local language?

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New answer on Apr 30, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Feb 22, 2020

I have always been practising cases in English. However, in my recent interviews with MBB, most were conducted in the local language. Although it is my mother tongue, I was actually much more confident and comfortable to discuss the case in English. Discussing the case in local language makes me lose the sense of driving the case and thinking about the case information.

I'm wondering around what percentage of the case I practice should be practised in the local language to solve this problem?

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Emily
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replied on Feb 23, 2020
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Hi there,

I think you should defintely practice in both languages. You can use English to learn the rope and get comfortable of solving a case. But do remember to spend time practice in local language, which can help to make sure you probe the info and convey your message in the most effective and concise way.

I've seen candidate who performed well in one language but stumbled when the language is stiwched. It is a pity because it wasn't really because he/she cannot solve the problem, but the communication is not there yet. It is fixable issue, so fix it before going in to interviews. :)

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Emily

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Anonymous replied on Apr 30, 2020

practice in both languages and be ready to easely switch between the languages during the case.

Good luck!

André

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Luca
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replied on Feb 26, 2020
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Hello,

The percentage strongly depends on the office you are applying for (if English language is widely used by clients and if there are many international people). Most of the cases, anyway, will be in the local language.

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Luca

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Clara
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replied on Feb 24, 2020
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Hello!

The thumb rule to know which languages you should prep is the following question: how many of the local clients speak and work in English? If the answer is not "all", then most liketly a part of your interviews will be conducted in local language.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Antonello
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replied on Feb 29, 2020
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Yes, I recommend doing it. Most of the interviews will be conducted in local language.

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Antonello

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Ian
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replied on Feb 23, 2020
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The % changes on personal preference. But, ultimately it sounds like you should practice in English until you feel comfortable driving the case AND practice in your local language until you feel confident that you're using like-for-like vocabularly correctly.

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Hi,

You should expect both. If you fail even with one case, the actual % split does not matter

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Francesco
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replied on Feb 22, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

it is difficult to provide a specific answer as this is personal. When I interviewed I practiced in English and personally didn’t have problems switching to my local language for the actual cases.

I would suggest to start practicing in your local language from now onwards at least part of your cases until you feel comfortable – you will understand when that's the case. Once reached that level, just keep occasional practice to avoid to lose fluency.

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Francesco

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