Congratulations--you got the interview! Start preparing early and schedule an appointment via Handshake; we can map out next steps. Think of preparing for interviews as a five-step process:
-Remember that the interviewing process is one of mutual selection.
-Should you receive and accept an offer, you will spend more time with your colleagues than with most individuals in your life.
-It's important that you like them and the work that you do.
In a case interview, you and the interviewer engage in a discussion about a hypothetical business problem. He or she is assessing how you analyze a situation, how well you can dissect a problem, your ability to think quickly under pressure, and how clearly you can communicate your findings.
Cases aren't just for consultancies anymore. With that said, they do make up the bulk of companies that use this technique, in addition to investment banks.
Practice. Practice. Then practice more! Drop by our office to check out Case in Point. Connect with an MBA candidate from the Tuck Consulting Club, and with alumni who are in positions that interest you. Check out interactive cases and guides that are provided on consultancy's websites.
See notes from the CPD (Center for Professional Development) - Case Interview Preparation.
Many companies use a technique called behavioral interviewing, which is premised on the notion that your past performance is the best predictor of your future performance. While traditional interviewing asks you to state opinions: "Tell me about yourself"; "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"; and "Why do you want to work for this company?"-- behavioral interviewing is reflective. Specifically, the interviewer wants to know how you handled challenges related to the skill set the company requires for the position.
Task, leading to the
Actions taken or not taken by the applicant, and the
Results or changes caused by these actions
Keep in mind, the interview is about how you can specifically contribute to the company, so have succinct STAR stories at the ready that incorporate the skills the company is looking for. Each of your examples should relate to the job description in some way.
Think in advance of anecdotes/stories that demonstrate your strengths as exhibited in past behaviors in each dimension.