How I Passed All My Consulting and Tech Case Interviews

Interviews were fast approaching and I knew I wasn’t on track. Nothing was working until I finally had three key insights. These insights led to a 100% hit rate at my consulting and tech interviews, which included BCG, Strategy&, AT Kearney, Amazon, Cognizant, and several boutique consultancies. What I discovered is that the interview outcome, …

Practice Case Questions

(Source: Flickr) If you want to practice case questions, I highly recommend Marc Cosentino’s book Case in Point. You can also access sample case questions from various consulting clubs here, and from the following consulting firm websites: McKinsey & Company; Bain & Company; Oliver Wyman; Deloitte; A.T. Kearney; Accenture; and L.E.K. Consulting. [For more information on consulting …

Case Math

(Source: Flickr) In this post we outline some mathematical concepts that may prove useful for solving consulting case questions. 1. Break Even Analysis: Relevant when trying to decide whether to launch a new product or invest in a project with high fixed costs. 2. Customer Lifetime Value: Customer lifetime value is a prediction of the entire future …

Brainteasers

(Source: Flickr) Brainteasers are another kind of question that you might confront in consulting interviews. They are likely to be tricky and to require “out of the box” thinking. Why do interviewers ask brainteasers? Well, since clients can sometimes ask questions which have no immediate or obvious answer, the goal of the brainteaser is to assess …

Purpose of the Consulting Interview

ARE you an aspiring management consultant? If so, then you’re in luck. Over the coming months we will be posting about the consulting interview. In this post we look at the purpose of the consulting interview. The purpose of the consulting interview is twofold. Firstly, it is a test of client readiness. Management consultants are hired by senior executives …

Saving RadioShack

When the business landscape changes, how can you turnaround a failing company? (Source: Flickr) RADIOSHACK, an American consumer electronics giant of yesteryear, faced chaotic trading on Wednesday as analysts predicted the company would report it’s 10th straight quarter of losses. RadioShack has hired a law firm to provide restructuring advice in an attempt to avert bankruptcy. Assuming …

Growth Strategies

Growth strategy begins with identifying the source of the problem – you will want to look at customers, products, the company and its competitors (Source: Culturamix) THE frequently used term business growth simply describes the process of improving some measure of an enterprise’s success, ranging from promotion, product development, new market entry or improving employee productivity. How can we more closely …

Mergers & Acquisitions: Strategy

MERGERS have had a ubiquitous presence in the news recently as leaders in the airline, publishing, and telecommunications industries have taken steps to consolidate. Just this week, two of the largest advertising entities, Omnicom and Publicis, announced a $35.1 billion merger. In recent months, tech giants Google and Yahoo have acquired dozens of companies, most …

Competitive Response

CanadaCo, the largest discount retailer in Canada, currently holds the dominant market share in the industry. USCo, the largest discount retailer in the United States, has decided to expand into Canada by purchasing CanadaCo’s competition. How should the CEO of CanadaCo respond? WHEN considering a case that requires a competitive response, first take a look …

Online case interview practice questions

THE only way to do well in the consulting case interview is to do lots of practice. Here is the most current list of free online case interview questions: Ace the Case Bain & Company Booz & Co Boston Consulting Group Capital One Job Search Online MBA Case McKinsey MIT Oliver Wyman