In many types of job interviews, a person will encounter decision-making situations. A case interview is one example, in which a prospective employee has the opportunity to demonstrate a capacity to think in a structured, creative manner when presented with a real-world problem.
When involved in a case interview, consider these actions:
- Carefully read the case to understand the background and the main problem of the situation.
- Plan a framework to organize your analysis and to show the relationship among key issues.
- Prepare alternative courses of action to show varied approaches and versatility in thinking.
- Use evidence to support your analysis and suggested actions.
- Clearly communicate your analysis process, conclusions, and recommendations.
For improved success in a case interview:
- prepare by using practice cases online and researching the organization’s culture.
- talk with people who have experienced the case interview process.
- ask questions of the interviewer to clarify key points.
- stay focused on the key question for the situation and main issues.
- avoid stock answers; popular frameworks and buzzwords may not be appropriate.
- emphasize the process, analysis, and actions rather than finding the “right” answer.
- prepare by researching current business events and organizational trends.
- practice the process with others who are willing to help.
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- Have students describe business situations that might be the basis of case interviews.
- Have students create possible responses for potential case interview situations that they might be asked when applying for a job.
- For what types of employment positions might a case interview be used as part of the selection process?
- Explain how case interviews help employers select the best candidate for a job.
- What actions should be taken to prepare for a case interview?