What is a Case Interview?
Often used by consulting, investment banking, and financial service companies, case interviews test candidates’ analytical, problem solving, and communication skills (to name a few). Questions are meant to replicate problems you might encounter on the job; the candidate is given a challenge and asked to resolve the situation. Often, the interviewer is more interested in your line of reasoning rather than if the answer is spot-on.
How to Prepare
- Start researching case questions. If you have an organization in mind, target your research to find out what kinds of questions they ask.
- Organize a study group to practice case questions with your friends/peers.
- Reach out to alumni on Tiger Link that have gone through the case interviewing process for advice.
- Schedule a one-on-one appointment in the Career Center to make sure you're on track.
- Attend employer workshops and information sessions on campus - see our Career Center events and workshops page for upcoming events.
The Career Center offers many resources to help you prepare for a case interview, including employer workshops, mock interviews, and a variety of resources including:
- Case Interviewing Tip Sheet
- Relevant books: Case in Point (available for check out from the Career Center), Ace Your Case: Consulting Interviews, and Mastering the Case Interview
- Vault Career Insider
- Subscribe to our industry specific newsletter to find out information about employer workshops and information sessions
- Case advice from expert David Harding, former consultant at Bain
Did you know many top organizations provide case study practice problems? These employers provide good online interactive case studies, so be sure to check their websites. The following sites offer opportunities for you to practice case interviews.
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Contact the Career Center for more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific questions.