Data Chart Insights
10 minutes into his interview with McKinsey, Tom was given the following chart as the interviewer calmly asked:
What insights can you draw from this chart?
If you were Tom, would you be ready to answer that kind of question?
Let’s tackle the Data – Chart Insights question type in Case Interview!
1. Why Data – Chart Insights exist
A big part of a consultant’s day-to-day job is summarizing facts and data into more comprehensible charts and slides. In order to make good charts and slides, you must first be able to understand them well.
Usually, McKinsey, Bain, and BCG’s slides contain a “lead”, or a key message, written on the top with the illustrative and supporting facts/charts below. In this type of case interview question, the “lead” was removed, leaving you with only the charts. As such, every chart you get in case interviews is a source of insights. Your job is to reverse the process: coming up with the “lead” from the given charts.