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Ever since working at McKinsey, I’ve been fascinated by the financial services industry. In every other industry, you know what your costs and revenues were this year, and at the end of the year you can calculate your profit. However, in a sense, this is not the case with many financial institutions.  When your homeowner’s [...]

Many of my students have been told that they need to have “confidence” and “fake it until you make it.” I only half agree with this sentiment. I think it is important to be confident. This is especially the case when you don’t know what you’re talking about. Instead of faking competence, I encourage you [...]

As a former consulting resume and cover letter reader for McKinsey, and someone who has reviewed thousands of applications, I have noticed an interesting trend. Most cover letters stink, and many resumes emphasize the wrong things. Between the two, the cover letter is more important for the simple reason that if your cover letter does not do [...]

Case Interview Guidebook – How to Prepare for a Case Interview? What you will learn: In preparing for the case interview, there are a few skills and tools that you can master to help you succeed. These tools are at the core of any successful management consultant’s problem-solving process. Learn what these tools and skills [...]

What follows is an exchange I had recently with a CaseInterview.com student about his upcoming Roland Berger interview that he was told would be a presentation interview. CaseInterview.com Student: Many thanks for all your materials, they have been very helpful in my case preparations. I have a final round interview at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants [...]

The sports of baseball and tennis include references to a concept called an “unforced error.” This means a player makes a mistake of his or her own doing (as opposed to being “forced” into the error by an opposing player’s efforts). When I hold office hours for members of my mentorship program, I often get [...]

Below is a question I received from a CaseInterview.com student about 2nd round case interviews and time limits. I am including her question as well as my response. Student Question: I would like to thank you for all the material on your website, it helped me a lot as I followed your main advice: Train, [...]

While most people see me as a teacher, I see myself as a lifetime student. One of the many things I study is market demand. When my kids and their friends all talk about a product, I get intrigued as to why they like it. When I’m walking around town and see a long line [...]

The following is a report I received from a CaseInterview.com student who has recently taken the AT Kearney Analytical Skills Test. Unlike the McKinsey Problem Solving Test (McKinsey PST), the ATK test is mainly a test of excel skills and speed. Student Report: I have taken the test and have summarized my experience for the benefit of all of [...]

What follows is a question from a student about if case interviews are different for a non-business undergraduate vs an MBA as well as my answer to this question. Student Question: I found out at the end of last week that I have a final round case interview at Monitor Deloitte, which consists of a 1-hour case. [...]

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