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?
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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