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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. 25 – 31, gives concrete … 
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