Case study interviews are used to assess whether the candidate is suited to the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
These are commonly used by management consultancy firms. The case is generally a business problem or brain teaser, designed to make you think on your feet, testing your problem solving skills, logic and suitability for the role. It also assesses your ability to synthesise information and get to the heart of the problem, your numerical and verbal agility, and understanding of business issues.
The objective is not so much to get it ‘right’ - there is unlikely to be one definitive answer - but to demonstrate your ability to solve complex problems and show how you think through them.
For more detail and to have a go at some examples, use the following employer websites:
Further information can also be found in the reference books on case study interviews available in the careers information centre.
This article was published on Nov 22, 2012