Case interviews are used by consulting firms to evaluate your analytical thinking skills and your poise under pressure. Typically a case focuses on solving a business problem and your goal throughout the interview is to discuss and analyze the problem with the interviewer and provide a recommendation based on quantitative and qualitative reasoning. The purpose of the interview is not necessarily to get the “right” answer, but to show that you can think critically and logically, remain calm under pressure and that you understand fundamental business concepts. In addition to a case, you might also be asked brainteaser or math based questions.
If you have an interest in consulting as a career or will be interviewing with a firm that conducts case interviews, take a look at the resources below to begin your preparation. To be a successful case interviewer you will need to prepare in advance and practice many “live” cases before the real interview.