Many companies that recruit here at Bauer, including the IT consulting firms, have a case interview that is a crucial part of the interview process. Learning how to ace a case interview takes time and you should start preparing as soon as possible. The resources below will help you get more familiar with the case interview process and provide practice cases to work through.
What is a case interview?
According to Accenture, “A case interview is a type of job interview, used most frequently by consulting firms, that allows an applicant to demonstrate his/her ability to solve a given business problem. During a case interview, an interviewer presents a situation or case and then asks the applicant to explore the underlying causes of the problem and suggest recommendations to remedy the problem.” The interviewer is not necessarily looking for the correct answer, rather they are looking at how you define and analyze the problem and communicate with the interviewer. For positions in IT, the case will usually be related to technology.
Vault Case Interview Guides
Vault is a free resource for Bauer students that can be found on Gateway under the External Links section on the Gateway home page. It provides multiple guides to help you prepare for your case interview and research careers in consulting.
The following guides can be found under the “Vault Guides” tab in the consulting section.
Vault Guide to the Case Interview
This guide is full of information to help you prepare for a case interview. It goes over what to expect, the different types of questions, frameworks, and has more than 50 sample cases.
Vault Case Interview Practice Guide
This guide has 27 case interview questions long with a step-by-step analysis of each case. There are 2 IT specific cases that you will want to check out.
Other guides to check out:
Vault Career Guide to Consulting
Vault Guide to the Top 10 Technology Consulting Firms, 2013 Edition
Accenture has a guide to help guide you through the case interview.
Deloitte also provides an interactive case prep tool on their website.
Want to see more cases?
Over 1000 practice cases can be found at https://www.consultingcase101.com/.