Some companies, especially those involved in consulting and finance, are concerned not only with your experience in a particular area, but also with your ability to address unfamiliar, complex problems and reach logical conclusions based on available facts. In essence, they want to test your ability to solve problems that may arise in a real-life situation while working for them. The emphasis here is on your thought process; there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer.
Case Interview Questions evaluate candidates in several of the following areas:
- Logical reasoning
- Quantitative skills
- Business judgment (not business knowledge)
- Ability to structure problem-solving
- Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm
- Ability to think quickly and perform under pressure
- Ability to clearly communicate your answer
- Ability to perform simple math
Typically, you will be presented with a set of facts, ranging from simple hypothetical situations to complex charts, graphs, data correlations, etc. It is up to you to assume the role of the professional.
The following resources can help in your preparation:
- http://www.caseinterview.com and http://caseinterviewmath.com - two resources produced by a former McKinsey Partner who has created several hours of free “how to” video (to log onto caseinterviewmath.com, create an account on caseinterview.com first).
Mental Math Resources:
Books available for check-out at The Career Center (248 Flanner Hall) or Mahaffey Business Library:
- Case in Point by Marc Cosentino
- Case Interview Secrets by Victor Chang