The interviews in consulting firms are not the only ones to include case studies. For they are the only ones to impose case studies whose theme, solving approach, the target area and the problems are unpredictable. The only thing that the candidate knows is that he doesn’t know what his case study will be. No other type of maintenance puts the candidate in such an exhibition in front of his examiner.
No other type of interview than those from consulting firms, including strategy consulting and more from top tier McKinsey, Bain and BCG are more exposed to risk of being completely panicked when facing the unknown. In addition, the candidate will be evaluated for the case study of the resolution process and the fact that ultimately find the answer, what English speakers call “crack the case.”
Because it is not enough to demonstrate intellectual coherence, business sense and logic, you must also solve the case. Conversely it is not enough to resolve the case in support of sectoral expertise or good feeling. For example, if a candidate is an expert in pharmacy and encounters a pharmaceutical case, all of these approaches as a result of industry knowledge will be positively taken into account if they are reconstructed at the base, with logic and structure. In practice falling on a case of our area of expertise is often a poisoned gift source of much frustration as the interviews are not intended for general industry expertise and need to deconstruct its automation. Deconstruct its automation is a formidable test, for example, do you know how to explain to a 5 year old that 8 minus 2 makes 6?
I’m not talking about seniors recruited to showcase their expertise course, I’m talking about young graduates or post MBA candidates or with 5 years maximum of experience.