Our interview process is like our work environment. Challenging. Exciting. Fun.With a mix of conversational and case interviews, our approach is designed not only to get to know you and to understand more about your strengths and interests, but also to enable you to learn more about our people and our business.
Conversational InterviewsThese interviews provide the opportunity for us to find out more about your background and interests, as well as for you to learn about our firm. Ultimately, our goal is to assess and understand your interest in business and your goals for the future. You can expect to hold a conversation with your interviewer about your accomplishments, experiences, interests and career objectives. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions about Oliver Wyman.
Case InterviewsThe case interview is an interactive exercise in analytical thinking that allows us to assess how you approach and evaluate a problem. There are many types of cases; all are designed to allow you to demonstrate your problem-solving abilities. And you'll learn a lot about the kinds of problems we solve for our clients, since many of your case interviews will be based loosely on real world challenges.
Role of the case interview
Case interviews help us learn how you think… and help you understand what we do
How do you approach unstructured challenges?
Consultants break down complex problems into logical components
Can you evaluate data and use it in your analysis?
We analyze information and build up a bigger picture
Can you think outside the box?
Clients look to us for fresh thinking and new approaches
Can you apply common sense to complex business problems?
We develop practical solutions, not theoretical constructs
Can you ask the right questions?
Consultants learn to pinpoint the issue that most needs answers
Can you communicate your ideas?
Solutions need to be clear to clients at every level
Case interview tips
Think of the case interviewer as your client.Your interviewer wants you to solve the problem, and can help. Work together.
- Pinpoint the issue
Think about the scenario. Ask clarifying questions. Summarize your understanding of the situation in your own words.
- Break it down
Are there smaller problems inside the big one? Put your initial thoughts on paper. Diagram your ideas. Structure your thinking process. Ask for the additional information you need.
- Pick an approach
Show your client why it’s better than the alternatives. State your assumptions. Agree on the key concepts to explore more fully.
- Analyze the issues
Analyze and incorporate data into your thought structure. If you need more data, ask for it. If you’re stumped, take a creative leap.
- Use numbers
Show your quantitative skills. Be careful with simple calculations.
- Make a recommendation
Summarize your key findings: What has your analysis told you? Tie it all together: How does your recommendation answer the key issues? What should your client do?
Practice for your case interview by thinking like a consultant
Here are some examples of the kind of problems we work on every day – and that you might see in your case interview.
Our client's challenge
How consultants see it
Our client will be the third mobile operator in a country in Europe. How should they design their product and marketing strategy to compete with the incumbents?
Business design and innovation: Design a strategy to enter a new market, start a new business, and develop a winning new product.
A major aerospace corporation is evaluating its strategic position across business units. They have asked us to help them prioritize their investment in aerospace and related industries.
Growth strategy and corporate portfolio: Make the critical strategic choices that set the agenda for the enterprise and maximize value.
A large electric company has the opportunity to acquire an equally sized combination utility. How should the company value the acquisition?
Non-organic growth and M&A: Assess growth and value-creation potential from a merger or acquisition.
The CEO of a national grocery store wants to double the company’s profits in 24 months. What are some practical tactics to meet the goal?
Pricing: Determine an optimal pricing strategy for their products and services.
“WumbleWorld" and “Aqualine" are interactive practice cases for you. They can’t fully simulate how you and your interviewer will work together, but you’ll get a real sense of the kinds of challenges you can expect.
WumbleWorld, a theme park in China, sells a lot of tickets, refreshments and merchandise – but profits are shrinking. The CEO has asked you why, and how she can reverse the trend.
Sales of Aqualine luxury speedboats have flattened out. Profits are strong, but there’s no growth. Our client has asked you what’s causing the problem, and how he can sell more boats.