Follow along with this simple guide and learn how to prep for your big day.

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India Recruiting 

There are 2 avenues of recruitment in India – lateral recruitment and campus recruitment. Both follow a two-step process – Resume-based shortlisting followed by case interviews for shortlisted candidates. 

Resume Shortlisting

While there is no formula for shortlisting, we look for specific spikes in candidate resumes – e.g. good academic performance, extra-curricular involvement, good leadership roles assumed previously, etc.

Case Interviews

A.T. Kearney’s interview format for consultants involves a combination of case-problem solving and candidate’s experience related discussion to help us get to know you better. We carefully design the flow of our interviews to give us the most accurate picture possible of you and your ambitions. The interview involves discussing a business case which is a replica of a real-world business issue (more details given below). The discussion tests your problem solving and communication skills.

Case interviews are the most critical part of the selection process and we encourage candidates to prepare thoroughly for the same.

Once the case discussion is completed, there is some time devoted for any questions you might have for the interviewer regarding the role, expectations from the consultant / position, firm culture, etc.

Total interview process time per candidate during campus recruitment is typically maintained at 30-60 minutes.

 A few tips for teh case interview

  • Be clear on the business case problem statement – it is a good practice to confirm your understanding of the problem statement so that you and the interviewer are on the same page
  • Start with a robust structure while solving the case – this is one of the most important things!
  • Organize your information / data in advance to support your arguments
  • Proactively state your conclusions or hypotheses
  • Do not lose sight of your goal or the original question (prioritize!)
  • Take time to explain your way of thinking - be careful and thorough in your comments
  • Accept offered suggestions
  • Be authentic – no need to force-fit any structure into your solution
  • Be comfortable with numbers
  • Trust in your abilities

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This handy flowchart will help you organize your thoughts: This handy flowchart will help you organize your thoughts: