Liberal Arts Career Services
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The Case Study Interview

A case study interview is common with consulting firms. Case studies require candidates to utilize effective analytical, problem solving, and communication skills. The case study question may be based on the recruiter's experience with a real life project he/she previously encountered. Liberal Arts Career Services recommends students review two resources in our Learning Resource Center, Case in Point and The Vault Guide to Case Interviews, to become familiar with the case study interview. We also encourage students to attend employer information sessions and visit employer websites for examples of case study questions and preparation strategies. After reviewing the Liberal Arts Career Services and employer case study preparation resources, schedule a mock case interview with a Career Coach by calling 512-471-7900.

Employer Resources

Bain & Company
The Boston Consulting Group
Capital One
McKinsey & Company

Skills Employers Consider During Case Interviews

  • Problem solving
  • Analytical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Initiative
  • Cultural fit

Case Interview Steps To Answer

  • Listen carefully to the question and take notes; listen for clues embedded in the question
  • Develop your initial approach
  • Consider alternatives and areas for a second approach
  • Formulate your response
  • Summarize your answer

Case Interview Strategies

  • Be confident and utilize effective communication and analytical skills
  • Reduce your use of fillers (uhm, you know, like, etc.)
  • Repeat question back to recruiter to ensure you consider all the information provided
  • Take a few moments to think about your first approach
  • Work through your answer
  • Talk through your analysis
  • Double-check your calculations (count the zeroes)
  • Maintain a dialogue with the recruiter and listen for their feedback
  • During the alternate approach, you may ask the interviewer for additional data
  • Be receptive to employer feedback
  • Keep your composure (especially if you miss a calculation)
  • Do your best to not contradict yourself in your final analysis

 Case Study Practice Interview Questions

  • The City of New York has asked our organization to review the possibility of implementing a city-paid health care system for the residents of New York City. We were asked to research and evaluate the city government's ability to implement and to fund this program. What positive and negative factors should be considered prior to implementation? How would funding for this program be generated? What obstacles exist for implementing and monitoring who is eligible?
  • How would you determine the number of pizza slices consumed by undergraduate liberal arts students at UT Austin during the week of final exams?
  • How many tennis balls are used in the men's and women's Wimbledon championships each year?
  • If you were President of the University, would you recommend the campus move to a 4-day class schedule or remain on its current 5-day schedule? In your analysis, provide specific examples to articulate your decision and consider several populations and services that would be affected by this policy change.
  • Estimate the number of students who are college seniors, attend four-year schools, and graduate with a job in the United States every year.
  • A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

Sample Questions

Check out a full range of sample case study questions used by Google in recent interviews. 

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