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2002 Penn Wharton CC Case Interview Study Guide

2002 Penn Wharton CC Case Interview Study Guide

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WhartonConsultingClub
CaseInterviewStudyGuide
 
INTRODUCTION
WelcometothenewCaseInterviewStudyGuide!Thisisournewestcaseguidewithafewimportantchangesthatwehavemadetomakeyourlifealittleeasierasyouprepareforyourinterviews.ThecasesenclosedwereactualcasesgiventoSecondYearsduringtheFallsemesterrecruitingseason.Theyrepresentthelatestarsenalofcasesinterviewershaveusedonstudents.Youshouldviewthemasbeingrepresentativeofthetypeofcasesyou
will
getduringyourinterviews.Usually,interviewersdrawontheiractualconsultingexperiencestocreatetheirinterviewcases.Moreover,theinterviewer
will
modifythecasebasedonyourresponses.Thus,eachcaseisdifferentforeachstudent.Wehavemodifiedthisguidefrompreviousversionsbasedonyourinputs.Manystudentshavetoldusitisdifficulttoactuallygivecases.Wehavethusaddedasectiononhowtogivegoodcases.Also,wehavemodifiedtheformatofeachcase.Casesnow
will
generallyhave
INTERVIEWERBEADS-UPS.
Thesetelltheinterviewerwhatthecaseislookingforandhowtoleadtheinterviewee.Wehopethesechangeshelp.Goodluckonyourinterviews!!!!
CASEINTERVIEWS:THEBIGPICTURE
WhatConsultingFirmsAreLookingFor
Consultingfirmsusecaseinterviewstogaugehowwellacandidate
will
performonthejob.Asyoupracticecases,keepinmindwhatskillsandattributestherecruitersarelookingforandtakeituponyourselftodemonstratethem.Thefollowingarethreequestionsmostrecruitersareprobablytryingtoanswerwheninterviewingacandidate:
1.Canthecandidatesolveproblemsforourclients?
Usethecaseinterviewtodemonstrateyouranalyticalskills,logicalreasoning,businesssavvy,andcreativity.Showtheinterviewerthatyoucanlistencloselytothequestionbeingaskedofyou,breaktheproblemdownintocomponents,formulatemeaningfulquestions,proceedlogicallythroughaninvestigation,anddrawreasonableconclusions.
2.CanIputthiscandidateinfrontofaclient?
Toooften,candidatesareonlyconcernedwithdemonstratingproblem-solvingskillsandforgetthatconsultingisaserviceindustrywhichvaluescommunicationandpresentationskills.Usetheinterviewtodemonstratecomposure,maturity,andconfidence.Showthatyouaretactfulandfriendlyandthatyoucanpresentyourthoughtsusingclear,conciselanguage.
3.Willthiscandidatelikeconsulting?
Whileitmaysoundhardtobelieveatthispoint,caseinterviewscanandshouldbeafunexperience.Ifyoulookpainedduringtheinterview,theinterviewer
will
probablyinferthatyouwon'tenjoyservingthefirm'sclients.Showtheinterviewerthatyouare
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