In order to be accepted into IBC, you must pass a resume screen and be invited to an initial behavioral interview. If you pass this interview, you will be invited to a case interview. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare.
The purpose of the behavioral interview is to determine your ability to communicate professionally, your cultural fit with IBC and the level of your own self-awareness relating to your strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. The following are examples of behavioral questions:
- Tell me about how you work under pressure and give an example
- Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
- Give an example of how you work on a team?
- What do you do if you disagree with someone at work?
- What is your personal learning style?
The purpose of the case interview is to assess your ability to think in a logical manner and process information. Case interview questions do not always have one right answer. More important than the answer is the logic you followed to determine the answer. Sample questions include:
- What should Company A consider to improve revenue?
- What should Company B consider to control costs (fixed costs and variable costs)?
- Overall, what should Company C do about profits (profit equation)?
- Pharmaceutical A is choosing to invest in preventative Drug 1 or treatment Drug 2. What are the potential markets and criteria the company should address?
- Assist Industrial Supply Company B evaluate the growth of fire safety equipment. How would you approach the problem? What would you recommend for the client to improve growth?
- After given information about a company’s interest in launching a new product, answer the question: should the company launch this product?