MBAs and Strategy Consultants:

If you were to do it all over, what is the most efficient way to become a “master” at case interviewing? Read each MBA program’s consulting club’s case books? Then practice? If yes, is there any specific order/sequence of case types to prepare for?

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If I did it all over, I’d skip recruiting for consulting altogether and go straight to tech

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Product Management. More interesting job imo and you learn more tangible skills to make actual things/services people use. Also more ownership of your product although your mileage may vary there depending on company.

Strategy in consulting is very conceptual and you rarely ever own the execution of an idea. And you sometimes don’t even own the concept early on since either the client or the team’s manager already has a vision and you’re just helping to communicate it via decks and/or data.

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Read up on the basics of casing and then practice, practice, practice. Better if you can find people who have been interviewers to case you.

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Master the frameworks and be able to creatively make them your own, practice live cases with a case group (3 or 4 ppl) and someone who has gotten an offer because they know the bar you will need to reach, and stress wayyy less.

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Phone call to my mom in 2011 after Amazon gave me my offer: "what the fuck am I going to do with 120k in Amazon stock??"

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Use rocketblocks, that’s all you need

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Reviewing my notes and the case after each practice to understand what I missed and why

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Develop some base frameworks that can be leveraged in most situations, and then practice. Giving cases to others is also a really useful way to get better

Practice with more variety of people. Having a case buddy was convenient but it doesn’t help you get used to different styles

Practice a ton... you can find MBB/Big 4 case examples online. Ace the Case, Case in Point, and Case Interview Secrets are all great books.

I spent 2 months practicing case interviews before Deloitte which was wildly unnecessary because it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be, but I’d probably do it the same way again.

For me it was lots of practice with diverse types of cases - but that’s my natural learning style.

Focus on practicing specific pieces: frameworks, math, brainstorming, etc. And practice the performance aspects too.

Obviously have to get plenty of reps in with casing but more important to get good at the skills than to do 100 cases.

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