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LEK Boston folks - my friend has a first round with you in a few weeks. Recruiter mentioned that you’re big on brain teaser sizing type of interviews (how many taxis in NYC). Was that your experience?

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Interviewed last year and a partner asked "how many times do you need fold a piece of paper to go to the moon" 🙄

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Seriously, what does folding a sheet of paper have to do with getting to the moon???

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I both work at LEK and have been allocated to recruiting multiple times and us asking odd questions like the thread suggests is news to me. 1st round quant is usually just a basic market sizing that takes 15 min...

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Admittedly, we’re asked to come up with our own case questions and I can imagine odd balls being thrown in

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I had how many lbs of pet chicken feed is used per year — just for PET chickens not chickens overall

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Can confirm, it was a DD you guys did

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Had a “how many water bottles sold in the US last year” when I interviewed a few weeks ago

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Since we’re asked to develop our own case questions, a lot of them are inspired by whatever case we are currently working on. We’re asking about the number of water bottles sold last year because some PE guy or gal is asking us whether they should buy into a PET plastic manufacturer that supplies water bottle manufacturers

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Yes we are. Glassdoor interview questions are fairly representative of what your friend might expect for one of his/her 1st round questions.

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I remember helping a friend case prep when I was a C1 and she was still finishing her PhD, and the LEK case she was given during her first round was the literal dumbest scenario I had ever heard. She worked there for a few years so she must have done ok but I remember thinking I would never have gotten the job since the question was so stupid I could not have finished the discussion.

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I can agree with this.

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