The MBA Case Workshop is the perfect way to hone your case interview skills as well as work with fellow practicing classmates. There are two workshop sessions, so you may come for the full day, or just the morning or afternoon. See below for descriptions of each workshop, costs and how to register.
Crack the Case Level 1 (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Paino Lecture Hall)
Cases are not just for consulting interviews anymore. They are showing up in all types of interviews. Marketing, banking, high tech, healthcare, and a variety of other industries are also using cases to differentiate candidates. Our talented presenter will give you an overview of the typical case path for case interviews and insight into why companies give case interviews and what interviewers are looking for. Throughout this fast-paced workshop you will be challenged to break down unfamiliar problems, think aloud, and tackle a variety of analytical problems with the help of your peers. In Crack the Case Level 1 we introduce important case interview concepts and outline great ways to build your skills and consistency – whether you’re a complete beginner or already relatively familiar with case interviews. During the workshop, you will:
• Practice answer first communication
• Learn how to manage your notes and use natural logic to structure and solve tough problems
• Analyze charts and break down numbers to gain insights
• Experiment with different ways to approach market sizing
• Put these concepts into practice by solving mini and full business cases!
You will leave the workshop with tactical tips, suggested homework and additional resources to continue your preparation on your own and with peers.
Crack the Case Level 2 (1:30 – 5pm, Paino Lecture Hall)
Now it’s time to take your skills to the next level by practicing additional market sizing cases, structuring your case starts, and solving more complex business cases. As a follow-on to the Crack the Case Level 1 workshop, this event is designed for those who will be interviewing with case intensive firms. Through a series of partner exercises and interactive, large group activities, you will have the chance to build deeper skills in the areas of structuring, analytics, and answer first communication. Cases for this session will have more difficult math and additional handouts. During the workshop, we will:
• Incorporate tips for handling more unusual estimation cases
• Use your own integrated framework to approach a variety of business cases
• Practice mining for data and mid-case structuring
• Pull insights together to present logical and compelling conclusions
You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of your strengths and soft spots that need additional drilling and improvement.
Costs to cover the workshop:
• Level 1 workshop = $99
• Level 2 workshop = $99
• All Day (Level 1 & 2) = $150
Scholarships are available. See below.
Your student account will be charged your fee after the workshop. You will be billed if you do not cancel 48 hours in advance of the workshop date.
SPACE IS LIMITED, and reservations will be allocated on a first-reserved basis. If you would like to attend Level 1, Level 2, or both workshops, please complete the following steps:
1. RSVP through Handshake by Wednesday, September 5, at 11:55 p.m.
2. Complete the Handshake survey by selecting which workshop(s) you would like to attend and whether you are requesting a scholarship. If you select “No, I am not requesting a scholarship to cover fees,” your registration is confirmed and your student account will be billed following the workshop unless you cancel 48 hours prior to the event via email to Stephanie Hockman. If you select “Yes, I am requesting a scholarship to cover fees,” your registration will be confirmed via email.
Founded by David Ohrvall in 2003, MBACASE’s core belief is that anyone can conquer their case interviews. David authored the book Crack the Case: How to Conquer your Case Interview, and we now train several thousand students each year at premier colleges and universities around the world. Their goal is to provide you with outstanding study materials, in-person and online training opportunities, and private coaching services to optimize your case interview performance and help you achieve your career goals. For more information about the Crack the Case System and their team of talented trainers and coaches visit their website (https://www.mbacase.com).
About Your Facilitator, Deborah Resnick
Deborah is a former McKinsey consultant whose experience at the firm spanned more than a decade. She began her career as a Business Analyst in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office, then left to get additional operational experience at both a start-up and large Fortune 500 companies, returning to consulting in 2006 after completing her MBA. As a top-rated Associate and Engagement Manager, Deborah managed a wide range of engagements across the globe and co-led McKinsey’s undergraduate recruiting efforts at Northwestern. From 2011-2014, Deborah oversaw staffing, training, people initiatives, and outplacement for over 400 consultants as the Director of Professional Development for McKinsey’s Midwest offices. With years of firsthand experience recruiting and interviewing candidates, Deborah has a deep, insider perspective on what companies are looking for and what differentiates top candidates. Deborah’s passion for helping individuals make successful career transitions shines through in the dynamic and practical workshops she facilitates. Deborah graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She has been helping MBA students, undergraduates, PhDs, and experienced professionals prepare for interviews for over 15 years and is excited to work with you!
Part 2 of the poster design series
All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.
This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics, and applying special effects. You have two options:
• Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.
• Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures, and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.
This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:
• PowerPoint: Monday, July 16, 6–8 p.m. or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 17, 6–8 p.m. or
• PowerPoint: Wednesday, July 25, 6–8 p.m.
Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting.
Please register in advance: