We think our interview process is a great way to get to know you as a future A.T. Kearney consultant. It’s also a great way for you, as a candidate, to get to know a little more about A.T. Kearney, and whether we are a good fit for you. That’s why we place a great deal of importance on the entire interview process. If you apply, we want to do everything possible to allow you to perform at your very best. Here is some advice on how to prepare for the interviews.
A critical part of the application process is the 30-minute case interview. During these interviews, A.T. Kearney consultants will have the opportunity to evaluate your business thinking, your personality and your professional background.
Also, you will be given a question, situation, or problem and be asked to solve it. This case problem is often a business situation or a business case that the interviewer encountered in real life. After the situation has been explained to you, you will be expected to ask the interviewer logical and sequential questions in order to gain more understanding, gather information selectively, and arrive at a solution or recommendation for the question or situation at hand.
Case interviews are used to evaluate analytical ability as well as problem-solving and verbal communication skills. While "correct answers" are important, we actually place more emphasis on a clear approach, the ability to communicate that approach, and why you have chosen it. Plus, some numerical evaluation is usually part of the case.
Tips for the case interview
Although there are no "right" or "wrong" answers in a typical case interview, there are some useful tips to bear in mind while preparing for your interview:
- Understand the assignment: summarize the question, and check with the interviewer if you correctly understand the problem at hand
- Create a structure: try to start by creating a structured approach. This will help you tackle the problem and make it easier for your interviewer to understand what you are doing
- Set up a dialogue: listen carefully, ask questions and request additional information
- Share and reflect on your thoughts: keep communicating throughout the interview; that way the interviewer will understand your thought process and may provide hints as necessary
- Finalize the case: draw a conclusion based on your analysis, and don’t forget to perform a sanity check by using your common sense
- Have some fun: even if nerves come into play, enjoy your interview! Many applicants say they like our case interviews!
You can improve your chances by learning how to prepare for your interview. We suggest the following options:
- Other material available
- Vault guide to the case interview
- “Case in Point”, by Marc Cosentino
- "Case interview success", by Tom Rochtus
- Practice a case interview
- If you decide to enter our application process, don’t miss the opportunity to practice a case interview.
- Want more information? Send an e-mail to Karin Kinnaes.