Anonymous User wrote:Hi OP, biglaw M&A junior associate here, I have an interview with an MBB later this month. I have been practicing with a few consultants and got some feedback: 1) my case approach is somewhat robotic, feels like I'm checking boxes and too "lawyerish"; 2) I'm a good thinker but my case approach doesn't show much business judgment. I would love to hear your thoughts on how to improve from here, and/or if you have any tips on breaking the "lawyer stereotype" in the interviews. Thank you very much.
That's interesting feedback. First I would say not to get overly caught up in the frameworks. It's easy to do this when you're first starting out, but once you have enough practice under your belt you should start getting comfortable enough to branch out and apply your own logic to the cases. You should absolutely feel free to bring in random, interesting insights you may have. You may not know much about, say, a defense company, but you can probably guess gov't regulation is going to be important. So make interesting hypothesis-based guesses like that.
On the business judgment bit, try to always relate what you're saying to the "client's" problem. You're there to partner with the interviewer to figure out what the problem is and how to solve it. If it's a lemonade stand, don't just throw out something about government regulation (to riff on that theme) because the business owners won't be impacted. Everything part of your structure and answers should eventually tie back to the main question at hand. Even when you're going through the math portion - if the answer is "10%", you should frame it like "well, a 10% revenue increase by introducing xyz widget in abc market sounds like a reasonable expectation and goal but not worth the risk our client would incur". Or something like that. At all phases of the interview, imagine the CEO or similar client stakeholder walking into the room and tapping you on the shoulder and saying "hey, what ya got for me?" You wouldn't waste the executive's time with things that don't matter at that point. You would say "Well based on what we know, we can say 1, 2, and 3. This is what they mean for your business, and therefore we recommend _____. If we had more time, we could explore ______."
Hope that helps!