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.

CORE SKILLS WE LOOK FOR IN CASE INTERVIEWS

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

Communication - style & content

Attitude

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING YOURSELF

Leonardo Zylberman
Managing Partner

We recognise 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

Understand

Structure
Analyse
Conclude

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

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

  • Generate discussion – the interviewer is there to coach you
  • Ask questionsbased 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?)

  • 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?)

REFINE STRUCTURE BASED ON ANALYSIS
(IF REQUIRED)

DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

Interview Tips (German)

Advice on answering behavioural competency questions, fit and motivation questions and brainteaser questions.

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Interview Tips (English)

Advice on answering behavioural competency questions, fit and motivation questions and brainteaser questions.

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UNITED KINGDOM
If you have any questions about our open positions or recruiting events, please contact Signe Zarina in our London office by calling +44 (0) 207 290 4770 or sending an e-mail to recruiting@integrationconsulting.com.

UNITED STATES
If you have any questions about our open positions or recruiting events, please contact Julie Bowyer in our San Francisco office by calling 1 415 | 766 3570 or sending an e-mail to jbowyer@integrationconsulting.com.

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