Hi Jenny, congratulations on reaching the final round assessment center with Strategy&! The interview process typically consists of two case interviews and a presentation session.
For the presentation session, it is true that you may be required to present in front of partners. The format may vary, but it often involves presenting a business-related topic or a case study that you have prepared in advance. The partners will assess your ability to communicate effectively, analyze information, and present your ideas in a structured and persuasive manner. To prepare, I recommend practicing your presentation skills, organizing your content logically, and anticipating potential questions or challenges from the partners.
Regarding the case interviews, as you are interviewing for the M&A Team, it is likely that you will be given merger and acquisition cases. These cases will test your ability to analyze complex financial and strategic considerations, evaluate potential synergies, and make recommendations for successful M&A transactions. However, it's always a good idea to be prepared for other types of cases as well, such as market sizing or business strategy, as they may still be included in the final round.
To prepare for the case interviews, I suggest reviewing M&A frameworks, practicing mental math for quick calculations, and honing your problem-solving skills. Familiarize yourself with common M&A concepts, such as due diligence, valuation methods, and integration planning. Additionally, it can be helpful to practice with case partners or engage in mock interviews to simulate the interview environment.
Remember to stay calm, think critically, and communicate your thoughts clearly during the assessment center. Good luck with your final round at Strategy&!