This podcast is done in a different format. Enter Mary, an economics PhD student from the Booth School in Chicago who is preparing for case interviews and is going to co-host the next few podcasts.

We discuss how interviewers judge case interview candidates during case interviews, how they determine whom are the top candidates and which candidates should be declined.

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4 responses to How firms judge candidates during case interviews

  1. Hi Jojo,

    No, I do not take them anymore – since about 5 years ago – and I would say taking them was one of my worst decisions ever. The health impact is long term and severe even though it is hard to notice it at first. All sleeping supplements, even natural versions are not recommended. In fact, the natural supplements have even worse side-effects than pharmaceutical sleeping aids.

    Avoid them all and drink tea. I basically use a variety of teas from in the USA. They work quite well.

    The issue with pharmaceutical sleeping pills is that they severely impact your attentiveness the next day. That hurts your productivity.


  2. Great post Michael. I was wondering, do you still do the sleeping pills? How did you deal with the after effects, if you get any? I’ve had insomnia for a while but my eyes get really puffy and darkish if I take the pills. Makes me look tired all day, which is especially concerning if I have to see any clients.

    Maybe we can have a “Fashion and Beauty” section of FC someday.

  3. Hello Ryan,

    The image is not so far from the truth – though it is very hard to find peanut butter cookies in the USA anymore. Allergies have killed the cookie.

    W.r.t. to friendliness, it is important to think about it like a Venn diagram. Everyone who is doing poorly will get the super-friendly version of the call. Yet, not everyone who gets the super-friendly call is doing poorly.

    Some interviewees are very friendly and I will mimic their style.

    Sometimes candidates cannot discuss a topic in detail not because it is being embellished but, rather, because they memorized an answer and just fall apart when asked for detail they did not practice. This is the larger problem.


  4. I like this new format, the interaction between Mary and Michael is a nice change, love the humor. For some reason I have this image of Michael at 1 in the morning drinking lipton tea and eating peanut butter cookies while watching Friends.

    I will say though, in the back of my head listening I was thinking “wait a minute, Michael was so nice to me when I spoke with him last..does that mean he didn’t like me?!”

    To the content of the podcast: A theme that I feel has been hit on many times, the way in which you deliver the message/content is equal in importance relative to the content itself.

    Would you say that delivery of the response to fit questions provides some kind of signal to the interviewer about the believability of the statement? If someone can’t explain the extraordinary experience they have, I would be tempted to think they are embellishing. Subsequently I would likely dig much harder into the minute details of the story to fact check it.

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