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What are the differences between McKinsey, BCG and Bain case interview style?

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Recent activity on Sep 05, 2018
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Ben asked on Aug 28, 2018
Looking for case partner in all levels to improve my case interview skill regularly. Available in afternoon or night (GMT+7).

I'd like to know more the details of the different aspects that each firm emphasized and the uniqueness of their case interview styles.

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replied on Sep 05, 2018
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Bain and BCG will follow a traditional interviewee-led case, where you will need to present a framework and drive it to completion; BCG will further differentiate by often/typically/always denying a minute to gather your thoughts before the final conclusion

McK on the other hand is interviewer-led: you need to build a framework, but the interviewer will guide you and tell you what you should focus on. Slightly different, but if you can do the former well, the latter shouldn't be an issue.

PS: Many admits to one of MBB also get offers from the other two => skills are portable, if you know how to ace a case, you know how to ace a case

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