Case Interview Frameworks: How to Succeed!


Does your major or program tend to require case interviews? If you are unsure, read more here to determine if you are likely to encounter this type of interview.  If so, you’ll need to start getting ready for them ASAP. In order to prepare for a case interview, it’s important to understand why firms utilize case interviews to vet candidates. Case interviews evaluate your problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, and ability to synthesize information from data. One way to showcase these skills is to utilize a case interview framework to communicate your response. We know that firms are typically not necessarily looking for you to arrive at one specific correct answer, but are very interested in understanding how you arrive at your answer. Case interview frameworks provide the structure for you to share this critical information effectively. Some of the most common case interview frameworks include: 

  • The Profitability Framework
  • The Pricing Framework
  • The 3 C’s
  • The 4 P’s
  • Porter’s Five Forces
  • New Market Framework
  • New Product Framework

Once you understand the frameworks themselves, you can learn how to apply them within a case interview setting. Check out the resources below to learn more about case interview frameworks and schedule an appointment with your Career Coach to discuss case interviewing in more detail.

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By W. P. Carey Career Services Center
W. P. Carey Career Services Center