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Interviewing: Case

Reflections from a Tech Recruiter at Capital One

Today's guest blog features Liz Beecy, Ohio State Tech Recruiter for Capital One.

The Future Direction of Tech & Ways to Prepare Now 

Technology is constantly evolving and engineering in the corporate banking world is no different. There is a focus on customer experience while utilizing the latest tools and technologies. Although, we have found it takes more than just the latest and greatest technology to be successful. It takes great people. We have found that investing in the development of our associates will lead to greater success as an organization and the Technology Development/Internship Programs are a direct reflection of our emphasis on associate development. Since technology is ever changing, we need to change with it. Working in an agile environment allows us to do so. Our engineering teams are about 6-10 engineers per team working to drive products to production across multiple functions.

With such a wide range … 

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Consulting: An Alum's Perspective

Photo of Pranav ChaudharyPranav Chaudhary, B.S. Industrial Systems and Engineering, May 2018

This week’s blog features Pranav Chaudhary, an Associate with PwC. Pranav graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Systems and Engineering in May 2018.

What does a typical day look like for you as an Associate with PwC?
In a typical day, one of my most significant responsibilities is closing out the user story (as per the Agile PM methodology a user story is a piecemeal of the more substantial client deliverable) for that day. My team meets first thing in the morning for goal setting and status updates. In this meeting we discuss what we've done so far, what are the blockers and what is the plan for the day ahead. We meet at 8:30 am with the offshore team and 10:00 am with the onsite team, which includes the client. Sometimes, I have meetings with … 

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Help! What's a Case Interview?

If you are interested in consulting, you can expect case interviews to be part of your job search experience. Representatives from Accenture and Deloitte Consulting are here to offer firsthand advice for conquering the case interview!

First, what is a case interview?

Accenture: A case interview is a type of job interview 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.

Deloitte: If you're a candidate for Deloitte Consulting, you’ll be asked to participate in a case interview as a part of the interviewing process. Through the case interview, you will be given a client scenario similar to what you may face as a Consultant at the firm, and asked a number of questions … 

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Eliminating Pre-Interview Nerves

You landed an interview - Congratulations! You tell your friends, call your folks, and maybe even share with a professor. You bask in the “what’s possible” for a while, but soon the “what’s imminent” sets in and you start to worry. …What will they ask me? …What will I say? …Will they like me?

Channel that nervous energy. Use it to prepare for the interview rather than fret about it. You can do a Google search to find advice ranging from getting enough rest, exercise, and proper diet to using imagery and power poses. All of that can be helpful, but the best use of your time and energy would be in preparation.

To prepare you with what to expect and how to respond to interviewers, ECS suggests using any/all of the resources below.

  • ECS Student Handbook – The section on interviewing, located on pp. 28 – 36, gives concrete … 
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