My Top 15 Candidate Led Cases

Today’s post is a compilation of what I think are the best candidate led cases out there (go here if you are more interested in interviewer led cases).

Tomorrow I’m going to be posting cases that aren’t found in any casebook, so stay tuned!

1. Office Vending Services (Ross 2008 Case # 2)

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods

Skills Tested: Qualitative

Why I Like It: This is my favorite candidate led case of all time. It has many, many layers to it and really tests your ability to pluck insights from data.

Download the slides for the case here:

Office Vending Services Michigan 2008 Case 2.

2. Slot City (Ross 2008 Case # 4)

Industry: Casinos

Skills Tested: Qualitative, Quantitative, Strategy

Why I Like It: This is a really good strategy case and like the previous case I suggested it’s full of many layers.

3. Deposit Slips (Ross 2006 Case # 5)

Industry: Financial Services

Skills Tested: Qualitative, Quantitative

Why I Like It: This is another really interesting strategy case. It’s deceptively simple, but it has a twist that’ll throw even the most grizzled case interview veterans for a loop. 🙂

4. Bun on the Run (Tuck 2009 Case # 2)

Industry: Fast Food

Skills Tested: Qualitative

Why I Like It: This case is also deceptively simple and can leave you stumped if you aren’t careful!

5. Chicken Pox (Tuck 2009 Case # 4)

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Skills Tested: Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case will open your mind to all the cool things you can do with math!

6. New York Taxi Driver (Tuck 2009 Case # 16)

Industry: Transportation

Skills Tested: Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case really shows you that anything can be made into a case.

7. HardHead Helmets (Wharton 2005 Case # 5)

Industry: Private Equity

Skills Tested: Qualitative

Why I Like It: This case has something happening on every level; it really tests your ability to think broadly.

8. Jamaican Land Trust (Wharton 2008 Case # 7)

Industry: Agriculture

Skills Tested: Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case will teach you to structure your calculations properly — really good quant case.

9. Chickflix.com (Wharton 2010 Case # 9)

Industry: Technology

Skills Tested: Qualitative, Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case will help you improve your ability to pull insights from data.

10. Thief (Columbia 2008 Case # 9)

Industry: Crime

Skills Tested: Qualitative

Why I Like It: Have you ever dreamed about a life of crime? This case will test how good of a criminal you’d make 🙂

11. Hospital Profitability (Darden 2012 Case # 6)

Industry: Health Care

Skills Tested: Qualitative

Why I Like It: You’ll never look at a hospital profitability case quite the same way again.

12. Miner’s Dilemma (Darden 2012 Case # 15)

Industry: Mining

Skills Tested: Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case singlehandedly taught me how to properly do math during a case.

13. Convenience Store (Duke 2011 Case # 15)

Industry: Retail

Skills Tested: Qualitative, Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case will teach you how to be hypothesis driven.

14. Supermarket Deli Turnaround (INSEAD 2011 Case # 7)

Industry: Retail

Skills Tested: Qualitative, Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case is a wonderful example of an operations / process improvement case.

15. China Outsourcing (INSEAD 2007 Case # 8)

Industry: Manufacturing

Skills Tested: Qualitative, Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case is rich and multilayered. When you think it’s over, it’s only just gotten started!

16. Health Coaches (Kellogg 2011 Case # 23)

Industry: Health Care

Skills Tested: Quantitative

Why I Like It: This case is an excellent test of your quant skills. My recommendation is to simplify it as much as possible.

And there we go!

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