Behavioral Interviewing

This method is used by large consulting firms and multinational companies.

  • The purpose of this interviewing approach is to screen for certain skills and characteristics found in successful employees in the company.
  • Interviewer will ask specific questions about a candidate’s experiences to determine if he/she has demonstrated certain job characteristics such as: leadership, creativity, initiative.
  • The interviewer will ask pointed follow-up questions such as:
  • “Can you

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Tips for Behavioral Interviewing

  • Be as specific as possible. Avoid “usually” or “always” responses – no hypothetical answers.
  • Try to use examples related to education, work or extracurricular experience.
  • Take the necessary time to organize your thoughts and responses, “I’ll have an answer for you in a second.”
  • Ask for clarification if needed: ” Am I answering the question … am I on the right track?”

Case Method Interviewing

This method is usually used by management consulting firms and large corporations.

  • Employers use this method to assess if you think logically, have problem solving skills and know business principles.
  • Classic business cases are given to test analytic ability, the ability to sort out key facts and stay focused.
  • Some consulting firms think that this is the best test of a typical consulting situation for

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Tips for a Case Interview

  • Take notes, if necessary. Ask a few questions.
  • Take some time to organize your thoughts; don’t be afraid of a little silence.
  • Explain your thought process, state assumptions, work from hypothesis )
  • Push for a conclusion
  • Be quantitative and specific if possible