If you are interested in consulting or other management roles, it is likely you will be asked to participate in a business case interview as part of your interview process. Case interviews are interviews in which a candidate is tasked with working through a hypothetical or real-life question, scenario, challenge, or problem. The goal is to present a solution that demonstrates an informed and strategic process. You are evaluated for your communication, problem solving skills, ability to ask relevant questions, industry knowledge, and organizational process, not necessarily on whether you produce a correct answer.
Types of case interview questions may include:
- Growth strategies
- New market entry
- Profitability or pricing optimization
- Industry analysis and competitor dynamics
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Start-up/early-stage venture
- Product development
Tips for a successful case interview:
- Preparation and practice are essential! See below for resources to help you prepare.
- Begin by restating and identifying the scenario, problem, or challenge
- Ask plenty of questions intentionally
- Talk through your logic and process out loud
- Take notes in an organized, easy-to-read manner
- Use simple numbers when appropriate
- Stay up-to-date on industry trends and general industry knowledge
Case Interviewing Resources:
- Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation by Marc Cosentino
- Ace Your Case: Consulting Interviews by WetFeet Insider Guide
- Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting by Victor Cheng
Employer Resources and Practice Materials
All Other Interviews
Check out our page on Interviewing Skills. For additional practice on case interviewing, book an appointment with Michelle Goldberg on Handshake or visit Quinncia, an AI mock interview and resume review platform.