Simon Kucher Interview

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Anonymous A asked on Nov 30, 2020

Hello, I will have a Simon Kucher Interview soon and I wanted to know (i) what kind of brainteasers they normally ask (ii) how I could answer and structure a pricing case?

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Clara
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replied on Dec 01, 2020
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Hello!

I would not focus more than 1/2 a day of work in brainteasers to be honest. Instead, I would tackle SK as you would with MBB interviews, with 2 main workstreams ahead:

1. FIT INTERVIEW

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2. BUSINESS CASE

You need to get hands on asap:

1. Practice cases with partners asap, as many as you can do.Find experienced partners who can provide a good feedback

2. Practice your math skills, both in your cases and with ad hoc exercisess, such as:

1. ​Multiplying double digit numbers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ndkkPZYJHo

2. Leveraging math tools (Mimir math for iOS), Math tool on Viktor Cheng website to practice

1. Profitability cases- basic profitability framework.

2. Idea generation cases: for any specif issue

3. Growth cases: market penetration, new product launch, product mix change, etc.

4. Pricing cases

5. M&A cases

6. Valuation cases

7. Value chain cases

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Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Antonello
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replied on Nov 30, 2020
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Hi, feel free to text me for a brain teaser collection and for some tips about case prep. I have suppported many candidates in achieving Simon Kucher offers

Best,
Anto

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Anonymous replied on Dec 31, 2020

Hi,

I would not spend too much time on brainteaser.

I would focus on preparing the case with a case partner.

Best,
Iman

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Ian
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updated an answer on Dec 01, 2020
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Hi there,

First, congratulations on the interview and good luck!

Pricing Thought Process

1. Value-based or Willingness to Pay

When: This is your top choice.

How: Find a $ value for what customers would pay. This is normally adding the revenue increase and/or cost reduction that your customers get by buying your product/service. If it's more of a utility/happiness product, then customer surveys of product comparisons serve well as well.

Then, charge a discounted amount of that WTP, based on your eagerness/desire to capture market share.

2. Benchmarking

When: This is what you have to do if there's competition

How: See what price your competition charges!

3. Cost-based

When: This is what you do if you can't benchmark (i.e. no competition) AND you can't get a gauge on WTP.

How: Figure out your cost structure. Get the break-even point (i.e. how much you need to price the product at for there for be 0 profit per item sold). Then, charge a % margin on top (normally 10-20%)

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What's the step-by-step logic in pricing?

Question #1: Are there competitors (or is this a new market)?

Q1A: If yes, can I differentiate my product?

If yes, value-based

If no, competitor pricing/benchmarking is eliminated.

Q1B: If no, can I determine the value-add of my product (i.e. if saves x costs or a survey says people will pay x)?

If yes, value-based

If no, cost-based

Summary: If you can, you always want to do value-based. This is the most effective form of pricing. If you have "something" to go off of, you use it, else you use cost-based because you have no other choice.

Value-based occurs if:

1) You are a monopoly

2) You are the first entrant into a market

3) You can differentiate your product from other (I.e. monopolistic competition)

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Brainsteasers

https://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/Brain-Teaser-There-are-two-doors-with-a-guard-outside-each-one-Behind-one-door-is-a-treasure-chest-but-you-don-t-know-QTN_2206821.htm

http://www.ibankingfaq.com/interviewing-brainteasers/a-windowless-room-has-3-lightbulbs-you-are-outside-the-room-with-3-switches-each-controlling-one-of-the-lightbulbs-if-you-can-only-enter-the-room-one-time-how-do-you-determine-which-switch-contr/

https://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/black-and-white-hats-solution.html

https://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/There-are-three-boxes-one-contains-only-apples-one-contains-only-oranges-and-one-contains-both-apples-and-oranges-The-b-QTN_114922.htm

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