Cases are not just for consulting interviews anymore. They are showing up in all types of interviews: marketing, banking, private equity, high tech, healthcare and a variety of other industries are also using cases to differentiate candidates. These workshops 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. The MBA Case Workshop is the perfect way to hone your case interview skills as well as work with fellow classmates who are practicing. There are two workshops this fall, so you may come for the full day or just the morning or afternoon sessions. With consulting interviews just around the corner, now is the time to make sure you have what it takes to obtain that internship or full time positions.
Crack the Case Level 1 is from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 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 is from 1:30 – 5 p.m.
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.
The Level 1 and Level 2 workshops each cost $99, or $150 for both. For Amherst College Students: 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. Requests for scholarships should be e-mailed to Stephanie Hockman by September 1, 2019. For Smith College and Mount Holyoke College students, the fee is due on the day of the workshop (cash or checks made payable to Amherst College).
Space is limited for these workshops, 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 Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 5pm
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.
• If you select “Yes, I am requesting a scholarship to cover fees,” your registration will be confirmed via email.
About MBACASE: 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 students and experienced professionals prepare for interviews for over 15 years and is excited to work with you!
Join us for "Secular Chapel" where we reflect on the human condition. This week we will talk about what Serena Williams means to us. Then we will invite you to reflect on what Serena Williams means to you. Join us for this open, casual, reflective gathering for Amherst College students, faculty and staff. Hosted by Jen Manion, associate professor of history, and Michael Kunichika, associate professor of Russian.
Some sources of information/inspiration for our conversation include the New York Times essay by Claudia Rankine from 2015, “The Meaning of Serena Williams,” and the HBO documentary series “Being Serena.” These are references for people who want to learn more; they are not required.
Interested in joining an a cappella group? Just want to listen to some beautiful music? Come listen to performances by The DQ, The Sabrinas, Route 9, The Zumbyes, The Bluestockings and Terras Irradient! Auditions for each of the groups will be held this week. Sign-ups for auditions will be posted in the Arms music building after the show.
The finance industry can seem very complex. Understanding sell-side vs. buy-side career paths, the distinctions between firms, the daily life and responsibilities, and the recruiting timelines are paramount to pursuing careers in finance. Take this opportunity to start or continue to explore the myriad of career paths in the finance industry. Firms will be on campus to network with students in all stages in their exploration – from first year students just starting to consider finance, to sophomores exploring next steps, to juniors and seniors looking to find that right summer internship or post-graduate positions. The Fall Into Finance event includes employer/alumni networking opportunities as well as two panel discussions to help you learn more about the finance industry. The Agenda includes:
Sunday, September 8 at the Science Center
• 5 p.m.: Open Networking in E108 - - This is a great opportunity to meet with employers and alumni, learn more about firms, and the recruiting opportunities
• 6 p.m.: Introduction of the Finance Industry and our alumni-led panels
• 6:15 p.m.: "Why Start your Career on the Sell-Side" - - Come hear a panel of alumni talk about careers on the sell-side of the finance industry including investment banking, sales & trading, and research. It’s also a great opportunity to start to distinguish between bulge bracket banks and boutique investment advisory firms.
• 7 p.m.: Break
• 7:15 p.m.: "Advantages of a Career on the Buy Side" - Although many students consider the sell-side an ideal place to start post Amherst, the buy-side of the industry has compelling reasons to start your investing career where the money is! Come hear from a panel of alumni representing asset management firms and private investing firms talk about their careers and why the buy-side of the industry is a great place to start a career.
• 8 p.m.: Networking
Monday, September 9
• 9 a.m. - noon: Office Hours for any employers in the Loeb Center
• 1-4pm: Office Hours for any employers in the Loeb Center
Students can pre-register through Handshake for employer offered office hours.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn about the industry, explore various career paths, meet with alumni and employers, and understand the fast-paced recruiting of the finance industry. No need to do back-to-school shopping in advance. There will be lots of cool swag handed out and catered refreshments. Also, if you are stressed out about updating your resume, PCAs will be on hand to review and approve resumes.
The Amherst College jazz faculty welcomes new and returning students with a concert showcasing the depth and richness of jazz at the College. The concert features original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards performed by Claire Arenius (drums), Joe Belmont (guitar), Carl Clements (saxophones, flutes), Geoff Cunningham (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bruce Diehl (saxophones), Ann Maggs (voice), Stephen Page (piano), David Picchi (bass), Jason Robinson (saxophones), David Sporny (trombone) and Bob Weiner (percussion). The performance includes a special guest appearance by Hampshire College Professor Marty Ehrlich (reeds) and the Wistaria String Quartet.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Learning to navigate Frost Library can set you up to take on all your academic missions this year. Get on the right track: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost’s circulation desk. Complete the tour and get a gift card to Frost Café plus a chance to win our grand prize!