Free Case Interview Prep Course
Free Case Interview Prep Lessons
Welcome to the Management Consulted Free Case Interview Prep Course! This course will give you insight into what you need to know to ace the case interview, and it will give you a solid foundation on which to build the rest of your preparation.
Click on a video to the right to jump right in, and scroll down after you complete a lesson to move on to the next one. Enjoy this free case interview prep course – write us with questions, and work with us via 1:1 coaching to maximize your chances of success.
- What is a Case Interview?
- Why Consulting Firms use Case Interviews
- What Consulting Firms are looking for in Case Interviews
- Problem Solving
- Case Interview Anatomy
- Interviewer Led vs. Interviewee Led cases
- Case Framework Overview
- Case Scoring
- McKinsey Interview
- BCG Interview
- Bain Interview
- Insider Case Strategies
- The Ultimate Case Practice Plan
1. What is a Case Interview?
In this lesson, we demystify the case interview. While it’s the hardest interview you’ll ever face, with the right preparation, you can succeed.
2. Why Consulting Firms use Case Interviews
Case interviews aren’t just designed to pressure-test you, although they definitely do that too! In essence, cases are a great way for firms to simulate an environment in which you can display the skills you’ll need on the job.
3. What Consulting Firms are Looking for in Case Interviews
Consulting firms test for the following key skills inside of the case interview: clear, structured, linear communication; quantitative analysis; qualitative analysis; executive presence; business acumen, and more. Make sure you know what firms expect to see.
One of the core skills that the case interview tests for is communication. How do you communicate clearly, and well, like a consultant?
5. Problem Solving
We’re getting to the heart of the case interview now – if you don’t know to problem-solve, there’s no way you can ace the case. So, how do you deal with ambiguity, unfamiliar industries, and hairy business problems? Plus, we lay out the 10 mistakes to avoid.
If you’ve ever done a case interview before, you probably heard the feedback: “You need to be more structured.” But what does that actually mean? And more important, how do you do it?
7. Case Interview Anatomy
It’s crucial to your prep process that you know how to break the case interview down into its component parts. This will help you stay on track during a case, as well as isolate problem areas for you to focus on as you prepare.
8. Interviewer Led vs Interviewee Led Cases
As you get further into your case prep, it’s important to recognize that there are two general case styles: interviewer led and interviewee led. What are the main differences between the two, and how do you adjust your prep based on the type of case you’re preparing for?
9. Case Framework Overview
Now that we know how to be structured, let’s talk about case structures (or frameworks). What are they? And when should you apply them? We break down the 4 case frameworks you use more than any other. These can be used to solve 90%+ of the cases you’ll see.
10. Case Scoring
How are you scored inside of the case interview? Find out and play to the test.
11. McKinsey Interview
Advanced case tips specifically for your McKinsey interview.
12. BCG Interview
Advanced case tips specifically for your BCG interview.
13. Bain Interview
Advanced case tips specifically for your Bain interview.
14. Insider Case Strategies
Sometimes, the little things can make the biggest difference. Our key strategies to help you stand out during your case interview.
15. The Ultimate Case Practice Plan
Where do you go from here?
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