Case Interview Solution, new: Acquisition Case
Acquisition case interviews can be very messy and overwhelming since they can test so many elements. Interviewers could test an understanding of corporate strategy, market entry analyses, customer analyses, operations due diligence, opportunity cost calculations and valuation techniques. Either individually or all at once. The technique we teach for acquisition cases is directly driven by our strategy case approach, which makes perfect sense since both are linked closely.
That said, the technique can seem overwhelming to the interviewer and slightly too clever unless it is presented well, which this video will teach the viewer how to do. Acquisition cases are very common at Bain & Company because of the strong private equity heritage of the firm. We have therefore made some adjustments to the approach which Bain will particularly like, yet which needs to be toned down when using the approach with McKinsey, BCG, Booz and Roland Berger. These adjustments are also explained in the video.
If you want to see a complete consulting study for an acquisition strategy, see this post we did on Abbey National and how their acquisition strategy led them astray, to bankruptcy and then acquisition. The complete consulting archives – 1500 slides – for the study, released via a freedom of information request, are hosted here.
This case video is animated. Selected screen shots of the video are presented below. Clients will find this video in session 7 of the online case solution library. The video is only available to clients of our case coaching service.