Practice for Case Interviews Gives TCU MBAs a Competitive Edge

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Marc Cosentino, Case in Point
Case interviews involve more than just a question-and-answer session. They're designed to demonstrate how a candidate thinks, how they problem solve, how they perform under pressure and how they communicate. They require more than the ability to think on your feet. They require students, many only weeks into their MBA career, to solve complex business cases in a matter of minutes. Companies such as A.T. Kearney, Accenture, KPMG, Capgemini, Kimberly-Clark and McKinsey have all employed the case interview format during their interviewing sessions at TCU.

Success in a case interview is not dependent on identifying the correct answer, but rather on how clearly the applicant is able to define the issues, logically structure an analysis and communicate thoughts to the interviewer while solving the problem.

Recently, TCU MBA students had the opportunity to attend a training session with Marc Cosentino, the world’s foremost authority on case interviewing, with 27 years experience examining and developing case questions. Cosentino has written more than a hundred cases and has coached, prepared and trained more than 150,000 students and alumni in how to master case interviews. The Wall Street Journal calls his book Case in Point the “MBA Bible.” Case in Point is the No. 1 selling case book in the world and the No. 2 selling interview book worldwide.

During his session at TCU, Cosentino gave students a sample case and provided guidance on what questions to ask the interviewer. “He gave really good, relevant information,” says Colt Miranda, MBA ’17. “The best part is at the end, he tells you where you went off the rails and how to narrow your scope when you’re trying to formulate a recommendation.”  

Helga Valentine, MBA ’17, also attended the session with Cosentino and admits that prior to the practice session she wasn’t thrilled about the idea of case interviews. But her perception of case interviewing changed thanks to attending the training. “I realized that it’s more about the logic and process of solving the case,” she says. "Employers are looking for how you understand the problem and the way your thought process works, what kind of questions you ask, what input you seek."  

During a recent internship interview, Miranda says he was able to use what he learned from the session with Cosentino. Miranda believes it’s experiential learning opportunities like this that set TCU MBA students apart. “We already appear to be ahead of the game compared to other schools,” he says.

Valentine says the opportunity to practice case interviewing gave her confidence to apply what she learned in real-world scenarios. “I feel better prepared and more confident,” she says, adding that it’s this confidence that provides the air of credibility essential for making an impression on potential employers.

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