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CASE INTERVIEW

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Table of Contents INTRODUCTION

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Why the Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Types of Case Interviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Skills Assessed in the Case Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 What Kind of Case Will I get? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

CASE STRATEGIES

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Your Objective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Don’t Fret . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Top 10 tips for answering business case questions successfully . . . . . . . . .10 Common Problems and Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Thinking About the Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 The Case Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Specific Types of Business Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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