40 Case interview Examples & Questions (2021): LATEST Collection from McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Kearney and others

Preparing for case interviews is not an easy task. You need to practice as realistically as possible to mimic the real case study interview at McKinseyBCGBain, and other consulting firms. You can either shoot in the dark, hoping for some luck or be smart and practice real cases provided by consulting firms. The latter approach gives you a flavor of consulting interviews and proves to be more effective.

It is importan that you understand how different firms structure their cases, what is their approach and what decision dimensions are slightly more important the them. In this post, we have done the heavy lifting for you and give you a comprehensive collection of real case interview examples from top consulting firms such as McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Kearney, Oliver Wyman and many more.

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McKinsey case interview examples

McKinsey interviews are typically interviewer led (around 85%), which means the interviewer would be guiding you in the interview through the questions. Each McKinsey candidate would undergo 4-6 interviews during 4-8 weeks since appplication. Ideally, if McKinsey likes you, they would give you a call within 14 days from your application. However, in the recent pandemic times, this can vary slightly.

At McKinsey, the first 3 interviews are conducted by Engagement Managers. In the later stages, the interviews are conducted by the more senior Partners or Directors. Every McKinsey interview usually consist of two parts: The PEI/Personal Experience Interview (10 minutes) and the case interview (30-45 minutes). These interviews are held virtually or over phone depending on geographical availability. We have written a detailed article on the McKinsey Case Interview here. We strongly suggest that you read the post.

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) case interview examples

BCG uses candidate-led cases where the candidate is expected to drive the case. Candidates need to continuously ask questions to the interviewer to obtain key information or request certain specific data during the 30-minute interview time. The interviewer would ask you “Should our client enter the Indian market” and stop afterwards. The interviewer will no longer take the initiative to speak after asking question, and the interview time will be completely determined by the candidate.

Bain and Company case interview examples

Bain typically use candidate-led cases where the candidate is expected to drive the case. The interviewer would not provide you with prompts for ‘next analysis’ steps in Bain interview. Bain consultants prepare cases themselves and hence they know the case inside out. You get to decide which part of the case you feel is more important than others.

Bain is particularly keen on listening to the “Why Bain?” question and have a tendency to hire people who build a strong connection and network with the current consultants and interviewers. Now is a good time to get on LinkedIn and look for Bain consultants.

Deloitte case interview examples

Kearney case interview examples

LEK case interview examples

Roland Berger case interview examples

Accenture case interview examples

Oliver Wyman case interview examples

OC&C case interview examples

Capital One case interview examples

STEPVUE Live Case Interview Classes

Management consulting coaching for interviews is crucial and you don’t want to miss out on the big opportunity. STEPVUE Live Case Interview Classes are designed with inputs from management consultants from MBB community. We are the FIRST & ONLY Live Case Interview Prep Program in India and are strongly expanding our footprint. STEPVUE is on a mission to democratize education and all our programs are designed to be affordable and high quality to keep our committment alive. Through our 1:1 case interview coaching, we have already helped hundreds of candidates to kickstart their McKinsey careers, BCG careers, and Bain careers.

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Abhijeet Singh
Abhijeet is the Founder & CEO at STEPVUE. He is a heady mix of ambition, sarcasm, sports and something more. Ex: GAIL India Limited (Brand Marketing), RSM MBA and DTU
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