Case situation clarification questions
At the beginning of your interview, the interviewer will tell you about the situation your client faces. Before putting a framework together, you need to play back that situation and to ask a few clarification questions before. The candidates we work with often wonder how many clarification questions they should ask. There are two ways to think about this:
- Your objective with clarification questions should be to develop a good enough understanding of the situation to put together a robust framework. You don't need to understand everything about the business model. But you need to keep asking questions until you understand enough about what's going on to put a relevant framework together.
- If you ask too many clarification questions, your interviewer might stop you at some point. You ideally don't want that to happen. So in practice you've got a limited number of questions you can ask. Our recommendation is to aim for no more than 3 to 4. If you ask 3 to 4 HIGH QUALITY questions your interviewer will see that you are REALLY trying to understand the situation. Obviously you shouldn't force yourself to ask 3 to 4. If 1 or 2 questions is enough in a simple case you should just move on to the framework without asking any more questions.