The Consulting Offer 2: 6 Alice's R1 Case Interview - Paper Storage Case

The Consulting Offer 2: 6 Alice's R1 Case Interview - Paper Storage Case

18 Episodes

The Consulting Offer Season 2 Part 6

Watch Kevin P.Coyne, ex-McKinsey Director and Worldwide Strategy Practice Co-Leader, mentor and train Alice Qinhua Zhou and Michael Klein for their McKinsey and BCG case interviews. Alice successfully joined McKinsey NYC at the conclusion of the program.

Kevin P. Coyne was a director and co-leader of both McKinsey’s Worldwide Strategy Practice and CEO Transitions Practice. At the time, he was the youngest associate at the firm and one of the youngest Principals appointed. He was the only person ever admitted directly into the Harvard Business School from his junior year of college, Rice University, which he attended by special permission before graduating from high school. Kevin has co-written 6 Harvard Business Review articles, 12 McKinsey Quarterly articles, 2 bestselling business books and articles across influential business publications. He spent time in the Federal Government as an Executive Assistant and sole policy advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the United States Treasury in the Reagan Administration.

Alice Qinhua Zhou is a 26 year-old candidate from Yale University. She attended Fudan University where she graduated 1st in her class. Alice has a strong track record of leadership at Yale, having served as President of the consulting club and editor-in-chief of a peer-reviewed journal. Alice has no full-time work experience. Coming off a McKinsey internship decline and unsuccessful Bain internship, Alice is interested in both McKinsey and BCG for a full-time associate position in NYC.

Michael E. Klein is a 30 year-old candidate from McGill and Brown University. Michael has a very strong analytic profile balanced by an equally artistic side: he was a candidate for ‘Canada’s Got Talent’ where he sang Prince lyrics accompanied by a harpist. Michael has limited work experience as a business journalist. Going into his very first interviews, Michael will have to prove he can use his technical skills to seamlessly understand and solve business issues, while demonstrating his leadership acumen in the fit interviews.

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The Consulting Offer 2: 6 Alice's R1 Case Interview - Paper Storage Case
  • TCO II E6 1. THE THREE TYPES OF MCKINSEY CASES

    Episode 1

    Kevin discusses the 3 types of McKinsey cases you can expect in a case interview, offers advice for solving each type of case and reviews the mistakes made by candidates.

  • TCO II E6 2. KEVIN INTRODUCES THE CASE QUESTION

    Episode 2

    A paper storage company is facing challenges from competitors and changes in the market. Alice needs to determine how long this off-site business will last.

  • TCO II E6 3. KEVIN INTRODUCES ADDITIONAL CASE DATA

    Episode 3

    This case requires several calculations and Kevin provides the data required to complete most of the analyses. Assumptions and inferences will be required for the missing data.

  • TCO II E6 4. ALICE BEGINS BUT FOCUSES ON THE INCORRECT QUESTION

    Episode 4

    Blogs incorrectly advise that partners always want a structure, and candidates therefore ignore the question posed by a partner, and provide a structure. Alice does the same.

  • TCO II E6 5. ALICE CONTINUES FOCUSING ON THE INCORRECT QUESTION

    Episode 5

    Alice makes two mistakes. She has not yet offered her approach to analyze the question and moves too quickly to provide a final recommendation.

  • TCO II E6 6. GUIDING ALICE TO ANALYZE FREE CASH FLOW

    Episode 6

    Kevin guides Alice back onto the issues, which should be analyzed. Alice breaks down the main issues correctly, but fails to prioritize them.

  • TCO II E6 7. GUIDING ALICE TO THE REVENUE SEGMENTATION

    Episode 7

    Alice correctly identifies the main criteria for prioritizing the revenue streams but incorrectly applies them and, therefore, fails prioritize the correct revenue stream.

  • TCO II E6 8. GUIDING ALICE TO THE BOXES IN STORAGE

    Episode 8

    Alice analyzes the economics of the boxes in storage by examining the impact of paper digitization on the half-life of the boxes in storage.

  • TCO II E6 9. SHIFTING FROM IN-STORAGE TO INCOMING BOXES

    Episode 9

    Kevin explains why the boxes in storage are safe from the impact of digitization by explaining the drivers for placing a box in storage.

  • TCO II E6 10. ANALYZING THE VOLATILITY IMPACT OF NEW BOXES

    Episode 10

    Kevin attempts to analyze the next cash-flow driver in the case, the possible change in the amount of new boxes coming into storage.

  • TCO II E6 11. KEVIN HELPS ALICE UNDERSTAND VOLATILITY

    Episode 11

    Kevin and Alice discuss how small changes in the incoming box volume will impact the cash-flow analyses. This is how sensitivity analyses are tested for in a case.

  • TCO II E6 12. ALICE PERFORMS A SENSITIVITY ANALYZES

    Episode 12

    Alice completes the qualitative portion of the sensitivity analyses by discussing what would be needed for the rate of input to drop from 10MM boxes to zero.

  • TCO II E6 13. ALICE PROVIDES HER RECOMMENDATION

    Episode 13

    Alice effectively wraps up the case because she is able to immediately recall the key insights from the case, without pausing, and review her notes while speaking.

  • TCO II E6 14. ALICE ASKS FOR FEEDBACK

    Episode 14

    This case is based on a true story and teaches an important analytic skill in cases around understanding the different forces, which may impact similar areas of a business.

  • TCO II E6 15. HOW TO USE MCKINSEY CASE FACTS

    Episode 15

    Kevin discusses the common mistakes candidates make when they try to prioritize the case facts or seek to isolate and use only the most important case facts.

  • TCO II E6 16. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REAL COMPANY

    Episode 16

    Alice and Kevin discuss the company on which the case is based, and the errors made by the equity analysts, which led to a poor investment decision.

  • TCO II E6 17. KEY LESSONS FOR CANDIDATES

    Episode 17

    Kevin lists the four main lessons candidates can learn from this case interview and offers advice for avoiding the common mistakes they could make.

  • TCO II E6 18. FULL EPISODE SIX

    Episode 18

    Alice’s R1 case interview is a complex profitability and cash flow analyses case. There are two important lessons in this case. First, candidates are taught on blogs, books and forums to always use structures and frameworks. In fact, candidates routinely ignore the question asked by the partner, ...