Of the 4 cases on the McKinsey website, how would they rank in terms of difficulty and relevance for real cases? I’m guessing they’re on the easy side of the spectrum?

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Don’t be like oh cool I got 80% of what they have here so I’m good - 80% is what most people can intuit, you need to be able to go beyond that. Doesn’t mean you hit those exact bullets, but if you don’t then you should be coming up with other ones that are just as insightful but not listed

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They are all exactly like the range of my cases over the course of the interview process

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Very similar!

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In that some were easier on quant but then actually looking for deeper qualitative insights (just because it’s not math doesn’t mean you can be surface level) and some were cut and dry on the surface (obviously culture and time zone will be challenges with a Germany-sf merger) but hard on the math

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You just need to case with smart people, ideally ones with consulting experience (I only did two cases with a mck employee though)

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I was coming from big 4 also so focused on themes in the answer key that seemed different/more complex than my initial answers and tried to hone that kind of insight in particular. Think of it like an sat diagnostic - what’s the theme among the “ideal answer” bullets you didn’t say

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That definitely makes sense. I’ll keep trying to think through all the less obvious implications for things and getting more creative with brainstorming

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Try and be creative based on your personal experience, people forget to bring that in so it’s a real differentiator

Yeah makes sense. Did you practice the qualitative side effectively at all? Any solid methods to improve creativity with those insights?

They’re all actual old interview cases that got leaked and the form figured they might as well just post them. Therefore, they are all within the range of difficulty as the interview cases now.
Every case varies and some people find certain things more difficult than others so it’s hard to give an exact answer.

I thought the quant in the pharma case was insane haha and it made me anxious but my case interviews were surprisingly simple. I did the practice cases on the site at least 10x for practice and really studied the structure of the answers

You should talk while you do the math not be silent

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