Though not as prestigious as McKinsey, BCG or Bain, the Big 4 of accounting are also among the largest management consulting firms out there.
For a long time, I’ve reveived quite a few questions from my readers on case interviews at Big 4 firms and how they differ from the “typical cases”, with Deloitte being the most frequent subject. So today, I’ll take some time to answer one such question.
Reply – Aside a few minor variations, the core principles are the same
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Regarding your question about the Deloitte case interview, I wrote a detailed note of my view on categorizing cases based on firms in this case interview guidebook. My short answer here would be the same: don’t worry too much about how Deloitte case interviews differ from other typical MBB cases.
Most of the fundamental and critical criteria in case evaluations are universal across consulting firms. Thinking too much about Deloitte vs McKinsey vs BCG, etc. cases just distracts you from your valuable prep time.
My philosophy is this: if you really deserve to ace one firm’s case interview, you should also be able to pass all firms’ cases. Otherwise, any single ace is just pure luck!
Now with that said, it does not hurt to come into your Deloitte case knowing the following:
- Deloitte’s structure, products & services in this original 2005 Deloitte Cracking the Case
- Acquisition of Monitor and related events
- Basic knowledge about variations in case interview formats: written case interview & group case interview
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