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5 Interview Types and How to Ace Them

Tania Khadder

3. The Case Interview

What Is It?

Just because you’ve never heard of it doesn’t mean you never will.

In a case interview, the interviewer will present a real or hypothetical business problem, and ask you to analyze the situation and present how you might go about solving it. These types of interviews are typically used when applying for investment banking or management consulting posts.

The interviewer is usually trying to assess your critical thinking skills and general business knowledge. Normally, you’re not given enough information in the outset to identify the problem and come up with a solution. In fact, you are expected to ask smart questions to get to the desired outcome.

How to Ace It

In a case interview, there really is no perfect answer. You’re going to be judged more on how you approach the problem than on the specific solutions you come up with.

Start by fully understanding the situation, based on the information you’ve been given. Remember, this type of interview is a two-way conversation, and the interviewer will likely deliberately leave key information out to make sure you ask the right questions. If at any point, you are unsure what is being asked, make sure to ask for clarification before proceeding.

Once you are sure you understand the problem at hand, take time to organize your thoughts and present a possible solution. If you need to ask more questions, go ahead and do so.

One way to prepare in advance for this type of interview is to practice with case examples you can get for free online.



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    NewFootballShirts

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    These are clever tips for interviewees. It would also make a good impression for the interview if you are confident at all times. Never ever make up an answer just to impress. Remember they are trained to know if you're telling the truth or not. http://www.topfootballshirts.co.uk

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    jameshammond85

    about 4 years ago

    22 comments

    i have used my iPhone 4 white for quite a few phone interviews, i use an app which gives a slightly clearer loud speaker

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    sophiaallen5

    about 4 years ago

    58 comments

    Have you heard of Group interview.Group interviews are conducted by some large companies for graduates who are all interviewed at one time. They may give some exercises to solve in a group and observes how the candidates react with other people.
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    mgilman

    about 4 years ago

    24 comments

    This is very appropriate for our tough economic times. A must read for anyone looking to become gainfully employed.

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    mgilman

    about 4 years ago

    24 comments

    Great article, I have used most of the suggestions in orientations that I provide while conducting training sessions. I work with a not for profit that collaborates around work force development.

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    kittie

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Excellent guide. I've already aced a few interviews. Now its just a waiting game. Next...

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    greenvr58

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This article was a great one, it helps to be prepared when interviewing whether over the phone or in person

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    MorelCS

    over 4 years ago

    24 comments

    The phone interview is scheduled at the convenience of the employer and do not be surprised if you are called an hour to two hours early or later than the scheduled time. I am sure this is a tactic to see how you can handle events not occuring as scheduled and unexpected.

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    brittania

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Great article. I will be applying the information in my next interview.

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    willboywonder

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    These are great. One note to disagree with the author about the phone interview: just because the call can come at anytime doesn't mean that the interview has to happen at anytime. I have had a couple of phone interverviews that were pre-arranged. The interviewer (or his/her sercretary) called me to schedule the phone interview just as they might have scheduled the face to face interview. Even if they aren't calling to schedule it, request it. There's no harm in that. If you're a viable candidate, rather than them just going through the motions to satisfy HR rules, then asking for a more convenient time for the phone interview wiill be in your best interest. If you go through with it at a bad time, your mind may not be as sharp and your performance during the interview may be less than stellar.

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    vmmckane

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

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    jyl

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Excellent Recommendation to ACE the interviews. Thanks.

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    Thank you, for the article. It definitely helps to prepare for an interview.

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    jyl

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Great Job

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