This style of questioning tests your creativity and analytical
skills as well as your ability to think through a problem.
Here, you will be asked to explain what you would do if faced with
a particular situation, and your interviewer will study how you
think and process information. Organizations value your
thought process along with your solution. Listen carefully to
the scenario presented and ask questions that you think are
necessary to solving the problem. Sometimes the best policy
is to pause a moment or two before you answer. This will
allow you time to organize your thoughts and choose your
You are supposed to meet your boyfriend for dinner, but
your manager asks you to stay late. What do you do, and can
you give me a similar situation you have faced in the
Obviously, a big asset you bring is your outstanding work
ethic. Use this as an opportunity to express that you
understand the hardships a career in Management Consulting (or
another career) would involve, and that you anticipate it. Do
not forget to provide an example of a time when you had to
prioritize work above your personal life.
You are assigned to manage a team for a big
project. You notice two out of four members are falling
behind in their responsibilities. Describe how you would
handle this situation and why.
This is your chance to talk about your leadership
experiences. Think back to how you dealt with a difficult
member of the group, whether it was weekly emails, one-on-one
meetings, responsibility outlines, etc. You could also
describe how everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and as a good
leader, you capitalized on the strengths of each team member.