Written case interview

Your job is to review your client's situation, present a persuasive recommendation that considers the trade-offs of each possible action or choice and then participate in a rich discussion with your interviewer to determine how your client could best achieve results.

Many consultant and summer associate candidates interviewing with Bain can expect one of their second-round interviews to be a written case. Some candidates applying to the associate consultant or associate consultant intern position can also expect a written case. Please visit the office pages you are applying to for what is included in their interview format.


Bain will provide you with 20–30 PowerPoint slides describing a client's situation. You will then have about 55 minutes to review the slides, identify key insights and handwrite a brief recommendation(s) before the interview begins. Bain will provide all the necessary materials.

You will then have approximately 40 minutes to present and discuss your recommendation(s) with your interviewer, who may challenge your assumptions or interpretation of the facts in order to see how you might handle a real client situation.


The most important things to consider during your interview are…

  • Trust your instincts. There is no one "right" answer. The goal is to present a persuasive recommendation and participate in a rich discussion about how to achieve results for your client.
  • Prioritize. Prep time goes quickly so put aside case slides that seem less important.
  • Be concise. Have your key messages outlined in your summary. Save the details for your discussion.
  • Do the math. Figure out what analytics are necessary for your recommendation and piece together the required data from the slides.
  • Be pragmatic. Craft a recommendation that can actually be implemented by the client.
  • Consider both sides. Strengthen the rationale behind your recommendation by working through the strongest arguments against it.