UTCA's Guide to Case Interviews
Breaking into consulting is an incredibly difficult venture. Most firms accept under 1% of all applicants. To understand how you can best position yourself, we've compiled a list of resources that have helped us and our members break into top firms like Monitor Deloitte, BCG, and Bain.
To prepare for the case interview, there's two major components, understanding what the ideal case should look like and practicing to reach that ideal state.
By the time of your interview, the average candidate will practice 40-50 cases, or approximately 5 cases per week for 2 months. However, some candidates will practice as few as 10 cases or as much as 100+ cases. The important piece is understanding whether you are ready.
As a basic guideline, try to aspire towards the following:
- Clarification and Structuring (3-5 minutes)
- Analysis and Synthesis (15-20 minutes)
- Synthesizing and conclusion (1-3 minutes)
While going through the case, use these guiding questions to refine and improve your positioning:
- If I were the client, could I implement these recommendations? What challenges would I face?
- If my client was blind, would they be able to follow my analysis?
- As I'm presenting my insights, would my client be confident in my recommendation?
At the end of the day, you're looking at one of the most exciting and rewarding careers you can enter into out of university. As for whether you're up for the challenge of breaking in, well - that's going to be up to you.