CAREER

CRACK A CASE

The resources on this page are designed to help you prepare to be your best as you apply for a career in consulting

YOUR CHANCE TO STAND OUT

Why case interviews?

We test how you would cope on the job – solving complex problems and communicating your ideas clearly

Our case study interview is designed to replicate the challenges of a real life consulting engagement. The skills you need to solve the case study are the same ones used every day by our consultants in the field.

We want to understand how you think about a problem and how you work your way through the case to come to a conclusion or recommendation. We also want to see how you engage the interviewer. We look for consultants that are great collaborators, who can communicate clearly and confidently, and who can work under pressure without losing their cool.

The case study is also an opportunity for you to get a first-hand insight into the type of problems we work on at Integration. The case applied in your interview will likely be based on a project the interviewer has worked on for a client.

Problem-solving

  • Ability to break down complex problems
  • Structured, logical thinking
  • Creativity

Analysis

  • Accurate calculations & judgements
  • Reasonable assumptions & estimates
  • Appropriate, structured questions
  • Intelligent insights

Interpersonal

  • Synthesis – pulling together different parts
  • Ability to handle ambiguity & new situations
  • Communicate – style & content
  • Attitude

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING YOURSELF

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We recognize that each professional is unique, and that these individual qualities and abilities are what contribute to the growth of Integration and the quality we deliver to our clients. So, during an interview, just be yourself! Exactly as you are. We will build a relationship based on honesty and transparency from the beginning.

SET OF STEPS THAT CAN BE USED TO SOLVE A CASE

1

UNDERSTAND

  • Listen carefully to the question
  • Take notes
  • Ask clarifying questions (start a conversation and get additional information)
  • Summarize the question – check you understood it
  • Verify the objective (for example: are you looking to maximize profits or sales?)

2

STRUCTURE

  • Take time to think and structure your analysis
  • Identify the key issues and prioritise them
  • Generate a hypothesis
  • Communicate your approach to the interviewer

3

ANALYZE

  • Generate discussion – the interviewer is there to coach you
  • Ask questions based on your structure – don’t fire off questions randomly
  • Use relevant information to test your hypothesis
  • Use common sense – check calculations with odd results (for example: should milk cost £10 per pint?)

4

CONCLUDE

  • Synthesise – summarise the key findings, rather than just recapping
  • Refer back to your hypotheses
  • Reach a conclusion – state your recommendation for the problem posed
  • Add next possible steps (how would your recommendation fit into the wider context How would it be implemented?)