Case Interview

Let’s look at a potential case interview scenario: You have been chosen out of many applicants by a company who is conducting case interviews and you have no idea what it is. These interviews are not common in the workplace but are more geared towards the management aspects of business. A case interview would not normally be conducted for an entry level position.

Basically, a case interview differs from a typical interview by asking the applicant to solve real life working situations instead of the typical interview questions like, ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’ Instead, you are going to have to think quickly and offer solutions to a problem. You are also going to have to be able to work with the interviewer to solve the problem by asking thoughtful questions that are going to help you get to the heart of the problem.

There are going to be some skills that the interviewer is going to be looking for in order to determine how well your solutions fit into the way the company conducts their business. There are no right or wrong answers in this type of interview. The basic concept is to see how well you relate to a situation and how quickly and effectively you can solve it. Some of the skills that are going to be looked for within the problem solving area are:

• How well you use your verbal reasoning skills.

Employers need to see how well you can reason out what is being explained to you. This is going to be displayed by the way you use your words to think out the problem and get to an effective solution. Be concise in your questions that you ask to get to the heart of the matter.

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• Can you use mathematical reasoning to solve issues?

In some instances, there may be mathematical problems that are going to have to be answered in order to solve the issue. For instance, you are a bank manager and a teller is fifty dollars short in her till. You are going to have to figure out what happened during the day and how the money came up missing.

• How well do you communicate and articulate when seeking further information to solve the problem.

In order to get to the heart of the case interview problem, you are going to have to ask the interviewer questions. They are going to look at the questions you ask and how well you can verbalize what it is you want to know. It may only take you one or two well asked questions to get to the real issue. While it does not matter how many questions you ask, your ability to communicate thoughtfully is what is being looked at. Not the amount of questions you are asking.

• Do you have the business skills to be an effective employee?

All of the above are going to be looked at together to see what business skills you have and if you are going to be an asset to the company.

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