What is Case Interview?

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Case interview refers to a unique type of job interview technique in which the applicant is faced with difficult business situations that need to be investigated and sorted out in a pressured real-time environment.

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Case interview definition

Case interview refers to a unique type of job interview technique in which the applicant is faced with difficult business situations that need to be investigated and sorted out in a pressured real-time environment. Case interviews study candidate's analytical skills and is used in hiring for management consulting jobs.

It evaluates candidate's analytical ability and problem-solving skills by grasping how the applicant thinks and how the applicant approaches problems.

Case interview process

Candidate-led case interviews are the most common type of case interview:

The applicant is given information about the case and is expected to ask the interviewer logical questions that will help him/her understand the situation, get relevant information and solve the situation.

Skills that are being assessed:

1. Numerical and verbal reasoning skills

2. Communication and presentation skills

3. Business skills and commercial awareness

A case interview can be conducted as a group exercise since consultants work in teams so it's important to be a team player.


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