Case Interviews

Examples of Case Interview Questions

  • A client is experiencing declining profits and sells gourmet coffee in Lexington. How can they approach this?
  • We have a client whose company is experiencing issues with cash flow and needs to do a reduction in force or manage its costs- what would you recommend?
  • How would you approach an opportunity to buy a business? Assuming money was not an issue, what criteria would you use to evaluate whether to purchase it and how to value it?
  • We have a company who needs a good turnaround person to help save it. Where would you start and how would you proceed?
  • One of our clients is experiencing a decline in business because one of their competitors has decided to enter the market with a similar product. How would you approach this issue as a consultant to the client?
  • How many greeting cards do you think Hallmark sells for Mother’s Day?
  • What types of issues would you anticipate if you are given a start-up to grow? How would you evaluate market size?

Resources for Case Questions

 Remember

1. Management Consulting, Finance, and other industries using case interviews typically include business case or word problem questions. 2. Always explain your rationale behind response to questions in order to show employers that you have a grasp on business strategy in problem solving. 3. Seemingly “ridiculous” questions may be testing your ability to analyze and reason through a situation/problem. 4. Quantitative questions may be asked during interviews such as calculating yield to maturity, WACC, or even basic mathematical inquiries. The point is to see how you approach answering these types of questions. Showing your analytical reasoning skills can be helpful. 5. Some companies use a Super Day interview format 6. For an upper level finance position, additional questions may focus on business strategy or philosophy. Information from article by Elizabeth Johns, 2010 

The Importance of Research

Utilize Bloomberg, Hoovers, Biz Journals, and CEO Express to do thorough research & develop questions about the company, position, and/or industry. View company annual reports. Research financial information/share price. Use Vault and Glassdoor for reviews of interview questions, CEO approval ratings, and other information. Additional ideas for research include:  reviewing company-issued reports (such as recent 8-K’s) for major changes/events at company, corporate mission statement, values, and managerial structure Understand corporate culture through utilizing LinkedIn or other networks. Learn what the company tweets; Utilize our university library to read relevant articles and learn about recent company successes/failures.   SourcesBusinessweek; Kathyrn Vercillo; University of Tampa