Tips & tricks
prepared.

prepared.

Tips & tricks

Show us what you've got

Tell us why Roland Berger is your first choice and let's find out why we're a great match.

On your interview day you might be nervous but that's a good sign. It shows this is important to you. It's important to us, too. It's important to us that we understand you. We're interested in you and think we could work well together.

We want to see your skills first hand. Case studies are nothing to worry about. They're a great way to test analytical, conceptual and communication ability.

How to prepare

Ask a friend or colleague to formulate a current business topic into a case for you and practice by talking it through.

The topic itself doesn't matter. No one expects you to know the market size for diapers in Southeast Asia offhand, for example.

But what is your approach? Can you estimate it? Educating yourself in basic data, such as average population sizes, will help prepare you for market estimation cases. Can you demonstrate common sense and make educated guesses?

Structure

Sketch out a structure: your path to the solution. If you go astray, it will help you get back on track. Your interviewer will help, too. They're there to support and understand you, not catch you out.

That's why it's important to accept advice. No one is perfect and finding a good solution is often a process of give and take. We want to see how you handle that. Stay focused. Show your interviewer you have a feel for salient points and don't become distracted or bogged down with side-issues.

Listen and ask

Don't become so caught up in your point, though, that you forget to listen to how the case is formulated and what your interviewer is saying. Good consultants plan well but they also know when something isn't working and it's time to change track.

When in doubt, ask. We don't expect you to know everything. In fact, we often leave out details in a case study to see how you handle not knowing everything. A good question is better than a bad answer!

Communication is key. Share your working and give us an insight into your unique perspective. Taking time to reflect is normal. Good, in fact. It shows you know how to stay calm.

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