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Written case interview

Constance Siyuan asked on Jun 23, 2016 - 1 answer

Hi folks,

Have you done any written cases during interviews? Bain and BCG sometimes have written cases. How does a written case interview look like? Time pressure? Challenging questions from the interviewers? Any good structure to do your presentation? Any information would be highly appreciated. Thanks!


Guennael replied on Jul 22, 2016
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Bain and BCG, but also ATK for example... a number of firms do this actually. At a high level, it is the same kind of preparation that you'd do for a case; in other words, your skills will transfer to a large extent.

There are differences as well obviously. For one, you need to really track your time in a written case; I suggest coming in with a pre-defined plan such as "15 minutes to understand the question / data; 5 minutes to prepare my framework; 15 minutes to create the story; 15 minutes to draft the slides / write the answer; 10 minutes to review the work and prepare the oral presentation"

At least in my experience, there is no direct, significant interview input. You are just basically on your own, with too much data to absorb and not enough time. Very applicable to the real world :)