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Wharton Consulting Club 2004/05 Practice Case Interview Guide
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1 Welcome Consulting Club Member, This manual is the result of significant contributions by your fellow class mates, who have contributed real case questions from the 2004 2 nd year recruiting season to assist you in preparation for consulting case interviews. Many students are initially daunted by the prospect of preparing for case interviews which are foreign to anything they have previously experienced. In our view however, there is no need to feel overwhelmed. Preparing for case interviews is much like learning to play a new sport. Until, you actually get out and start playing it can be difficult to understand what is going on, but once you get into it, it all comes together with practice. Literally volumes have been written on the topic of case interviews and we strongly recommend that you review at least one of the many publications available. Readily available resources include the 2003 Wharton Case book, which includes a detailed introduction to the Case Interview process, David Ohrvall’s Crack the Case , or the Vault Guide to Case Interviews. Reading these texts however is very much like reading a text on how to play basketball – it might give you a basic understanding for how to play the game but until you go out and shoot a few jump shots you won’t be much of a player. It is with that in mind that we have focused this year’s guide on actual cases, including questions from real interviews together with the interviewee’s solution supplemented by comments and recommendations from the Case Book Editorial Team (who have had the time to consider preferred solutions and frameworks away from the pressure of a live case interview) Our advice: Read at least one preliminary guide (more if you feel necessary) Form a small group of 3-4 members with similar expectations and time commitments Get together regularly to practice cases choosing cases of as many different types and from as many different sources as possible (all interviewers are different and you need to get used to very different styles of interview) Give honest feedback on each others performance (you would rather find out about your errors now rather than in a rejection from a live interview) Get used to thinking out loud and structuring your thinking clearly Do as many cases as you need to feel comfortable with the process. For some people this will be ten for others it will be sixty. Only you can tell when you are really getting a grip on things. Remember to use a good dose of commonsense. Case interviews are about real world situations, you will normally have a better sense for the right answer than you initially give yourself credit for. Your own experience and your first year subjects should equip you well to know what the issues are.
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