CASE IN POINT

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How Do You Handle Working For A Client Whose Politics Are Not Aligned With Your Own?

How Do You Handle Working For A Client Whose Politics Are Not Aligned With Your Own? Part 1

I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop this past weekend at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. As we walked through a case that focused on helping a client develop a recruitment and retention strategy for border patrol agents (based on a Government Accountability Office report), many people cringed as…

What Role Do Stakeholders Play in the Case Interview

What Role Do Stakeholders Play in the Case Interview?

A critical step for success in the case interview is identifying and qualifying stakeholders. As a consultant, you must quickly assess and evaluate your environment. Knowing who the decision-makers, the influencers, and the impacted are can help you evaluate your options, risks, and consider the reactions of those with a vested interest in the project.…

How Do You Set Up Your Notes for a Successful Case Interview?

How Do You Set Up Your Notes for a Successful Case Interview?

Case Interviews evaluate several skills: (1) your ability to listen and effectively capture information, (2) your ability to structure and display information, and (3) your ability to prioritize and synthesize information. One often overlooked aspect of the case interview is your ability to take notes and present this information. As someone who has been on…

Nonprofit Trends to Incorporate into Your Projects and Case Interviews

Nonprofit Trends to Incorporate into Your Projects and Case Interviews

The nonprofit industry, much like government, is experiencing a greater need to show impact, return on investment, and offer services faster, better, and cheaper. This can place a strain on the staff, require creative strategies for engaging stakeholders, and lead to tension between the mission and money to finance that mission. As you prepare for…

Triple the Success Rate of Government Transformations

Triple the Success Rate of Government Transformations: Overview of the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG) Report

Background: Insights from Industry Experts In June, 2018, the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG) released “Deliver for Citizens How to Triple the Success Rate of Government Transformations.” For those who don’t have the time to read the full 92 page report, this abridged summary will provide you with some of the key insights. The report…

What Are Guiding Questions to Consider Asking During Your Case Interview

What Are Guiding Questions to Consider Asking During Your Case Interview?

A case interview or consulting project can turn a corner on one well-timed question that clarifies a point or objective, unlocks additional information, and/OR guides the client to an alternative perspective. Asking the right questions is an art and you are able to develop this craft through recognizing certain patterns. Having a lens to view…

How Do You Prepare For Commercial Consulting Case Interviews?

How Do You Prepare For Commercial Consulting Case Interviews?

How Do You Prepare For Commercial Consulting Case Interviews, Public Sector Consulting Case Interviews, and Nonprofit Consulting Case Interviews? While there are many resources readily available for commercial consulting case interviews, you may have difficulty finding insights, practice cases, and frameworks for public sector and nonprofit consulting case interviews. The public sector and nonprofit markets…

What Are Interviewers Looking for In A Case Interview

What Are Interviewers Looking for In A Case Interview?

Consulting, and increasingly many other professions, are using the case interview to evaluate candidates’ ability to logically structure their thought process, communicate under pressure, and analyze and problem-solve through a simulated experience. As a first year MBA student transitioning from a role in education to one in consulting, I found myself and my classmates asking…