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Case interview charts

How to interpret charts and data in case interviews

It is almost guaranteed that during case interviews with McKinsey, BCG, or Bain, you will be handed one or more charts or data tables containing valuable information for the problem solving process and your recommendation in the end. Charts visually represent data in the form of points, bubbles, lines, bars, and pies amongst others. Tables…
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The big 3 consulting firms: why McKinsey, BCG, and Bain are the most prestigious

There are hundreds of management consulting firms. However, at the top three players compete for the crown. McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Bain & Company are universally acclaimed as the top firms in the consulting universe. In this article, we want to look into why the 3 top-tier strategy consulting firms outshine…
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How to ace the Bain written case interview

Bain & Company employs written case interviews during their recruiting process in addition to the traditional face-to-face case interviews. After all, the written case interview presents you with a slight variation of the classic case interview. Hence, preparing for the case interview also helps you with your performance with the written case and vice versa.…
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What questions you should ask at the end of the case interview

As the case interview wraps up, you will usually get a chance to ask the interviewer a few questions. While the questions you will ask have almost no bearing on your interview outcome (outliers excluded…), you should not neglect them. Think about what you would like to know beforehand and come prepared to the interviews.…
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How do you succeed in a case interview?

Today we focus on how to develop, deploy, and demonstrate the right skill-set! The set of skills you need to display in a case interview is the same as the skills needed in the daily life of a McKinsey, BCG, or Bain management consultant. The case interviews are basically a trial-run to gauge how well…
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How to write a resume for McKinsey?

It’s tough to get into McKinsey et al. A recent study released by The Guardian states that you have, on average, 15 to 20 seconds to get the attention of a recruiter. You are competing for the recruiters’ attention as she reads 100s of resumes on any given day (depending on the office location of…
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What degree do you need for management consulting

We often get asked what degree is needed or what is the best degree for management consulting firms such as McKinsey, BCG, and Bain. A common misconception is that management consultants need to have a business background. Yet, the truth is simple. The type of degree does not matter much for reputable management consulting firms…
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how long should you prepare for consulting interviews

How long should you prepare for consulting interviews

Consulting case interviews are to a certain degree a learned skill. We have seen that preparation time strongly correlates with candidates’ performance. However, for how long should you prepare for your interview with McKinsey, BCG, or Bain?  There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Depending on your background and problem solving experience you might fare better or…
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Accenture’s virtual reality assessment

More and more consulting firms are now starting to introduce new and innovative ways to assess their applicants. We have extensively covered the launch of McKinsey’s Digital Assessment here and how to prepare for it here. Next in line is Accenture, which is launching a virtual reality (VR) assessment that accompanies candidates along each step…
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How to prepare for case interviews alone

Case interview preparation is a lengthy and tedious process, which for many applicants lasts over a month in parallel to their other commitments. It is difficult to find good quality interview partners in sufficient numbers and full case interview drills take 40 to 60 minutes including a proper feedback session. In the end, you can…
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