The written case interview will require you to develop a recommendation based on the challenge described. It is important to keep in mind that there may be more than one potential action that your client could successfully take.
1.Think like a consultant
Approach the interview as if preparing for a meeting with a new client on arrival, you’ll be given an overview of the case,the key questions and a number of fact-based slides.
2.Use the time wisely
You’ll now have 55 minutes to review all the case details,develop a hypothesis and ultimately craft your recommendation,doing the necessary calculations to support it.
3.Craft your recommendations
During this time,prepare three slides describing your hypothesis and the key insights that led to it,your recommendation and potential risks and immediate next steps.
4.Now the floor is yours
Now it’s time for a 40-minute meeting with your client(interviewer) structured as a 10-minute presentation followed by a 30 minute discussion about your recommendations.
Many consultant and summer associate candidates interviewing with Bain can expect one of their second-round interviews to be a written case. Some candidates applying to the associate consultant or associate consultant intern position can also expect a written case.
Bain will provide you with 20–30 PowerPoint slides describing a client’s situation. You will then have about 55 minutes to review the slides, identify key insights and handwrite a brief recommendation(s) before the interview begins. Bain will provide all the necessary materials.
You will then have approximately 40 minutes to present and discuss your recommendation(s) with your interviewer, who may challenge your assumptions or interpretation of the facts in order to see how you might handle a real client situation.
The most important things to consider during your interview are…
- Trust your instincts. There is no one “right” answer. The goal is to present a persuasive recommendation and participate in a rich discussion about how to achieve results for your client.
- Prioritize. Prep time goes quickly so put aside case slides that seem less important.
- Be concise. Have your key messages outlined in your summary. Save the details for your discussion.
- Do the math. Figure out what analytics are necessary for your recommendation and piece together the required data from the slides.
- Be pragmatic. Craft a recommendation that can actually be implemented by the client.
- Consider both sides. Strengthen the rationale behind your recommendation by working through the strongest arguments against it.