WHAT IS A CASE STUDY?
- A scenario, based on previous work with a client, that you’ll be asked to understand, analyse and provide a recommendation
- The case study allows you to learn more about what PIP does with our clients
- A case study gives us the opportunity to see how you approach a new problem, possibly in an unfamiliar industry, with questions like:
- Where is the bottleneck?
- What is the profitability of this business?
- What would you do to improve the situation?
- There is no ‘right’ answer to a case study. The goal is for you to arrive at a logical answer (your interviewer will help guide you)
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR DURING YOUR CASE STUDY?
- How do you think about a problem you’ve never seen before?
- How do you structure your approach?
- How do you gather and use information to analyse the situation?
- How do you narrow down the options and arrive at an answer?
- How do you answer the questions raised?
WHAT QUESTIONS MIGHT YOU ASK YOURSELF DURING YOUR CASE STUDY?
- Do I accurately understand the situation?
- Do I have the correct information?
- Am I answering the question that was asked?
- Am I clearly outlining my approach?
- Is my approach the best way to handle the situation?
- Am I identifying the most important elements?
- Am I prioritizing where to look and what to do?
- What can I do to improve the situation?
- How will I implement the changes I’ve suggested?
- How quickly will these changes have an impact?
- How can I show that the changes are improving the situation?
- Is my final recommendation as clear, actionable and practical as possible?
- Have I answered the question that was raised?
CASE STUDY TIPS
- Practice, practice, practice - use your friends and family to help you prepare
- We aren’t looking for the ‘perfect’ answer, but rather how your thinking helps you get to your answer
- Show your interviewer your personality by engaging them and being yourself
- Focus on getting your thoughts organized before jumping into an answer
- If you need additional information from your interviewer, don’t hesitate to ask, as PIPers want to see you succeed
- Take some time to check your work as you go to make sure you’re on the right track. Feel free to ask your interviewer their view
- Show us your creative side by thinking about ways you could get information that isn’t readily available
- Keep things simple for yourself and don’t feel the need to perform complicated math equations on the spot
- Be sure to summarise your findings clearly and succinctly to show your interviewer your conclusion