How do you prepare for a case interview?
The best way to get comfortable with casing is to practice! Our practice case below is a great place to start, but seeking out other cases, working through cases with friends and attending workshops will all help. To get a feel for casing prior to your interview, it's really important to practice answering as many full cases out loud as possible.
What does a case interview assess?
Case interviews give us an opportunity to gauge how you solve problems while giving you a chance to test drive the type of work you'll be doing as a consultant. We're interested in seeing how you think, quantitatively and conceptually, along with your ability to communicate in a clear and structured way. Outside of math calculations, there is often no single "correct" answer for case questions. We're interested in engaging you in thoughtful conversation, and want you to bring us along as you convey your logic and reasoning.
How are cases for Capital One Strategy different?
Our cases cover a wide range of business problems and are not specific to any industry. There will be a quantitative element (practice break-even calculations & simple arithmetic / algebra), but we allow the use of calculators when appropriate. Our cases also tend to be interviewer-led. This means that you will be presented with an initial scenario, and will be expected to lay out a structure for how you would tackle the problem. While we suggest proactively making grounded recommendations & rationalizing your thinking, your interviewer will then typically ask a series of predetermined questions to guide you through the case conversation.