This pack contains two full-length case study analysis practice exercises. You will also receive a complete set of preparation materials, including case study answers and presentation tips. As well as this, you will gain access to a general guide teaching you how to construct a case study assignment. This guide also provides you with explanations regarding solving methods and tips. The accompanying scoring forms can be used to evaluate your own performance according to what real assessors look for.
What Types of Case Studies Are There?
- The first type of assessment centre case study exercise are those for various positions in finance, banking, audit, marketing, IT, sales, and more. These case studies are based on a file of documents you must quickly read and analyse. They may be completed as part of an assessment day, or given at the employer's office as part of the interview. You can find more information about these exercises here or by scrolling below.
- Another type of case study exercise are those for consultancy and business management companies. These tests are usually administered without the use of endless documents. The entire scenario is described by the interviewer or is limited to a few pages. Generally, the task revolves around mathematical problems, estimation questions, and strategic thinking. The candidate is expected to question the assessor for more details in order to understand the problems at hand. Learn more about these tests here.
Assessment Centre Case Study Exercises
Typically, a case study or analysis exercise introduces a series of fictional documents, such as reports and results from recent market research. These documents may relate to hypothetical or real-life situations. You are asked to analyse the case at hand, make business decisions, and/or give a brief verbal or written report of your recommendations. You may also be given additional information to assess and respond to throughout the allocated time. In some instances, these exercises include content that is relevant to the company's affairs, giving candidates a taste of a real day-to-day task.
You may be asked to complete the case study as an individual exercise or as part of a group, which allows assessors to evaluate your ability to work as part of a team. Some employers designate case study exercises as a discrete element of the selection process, while others may combine them with an interview.
What Are the Main Types of Case Studies?
In general, case studies belong to one of two main groups:
Subject-Related Case Studies
Specific and professional knowledge of subject topics is required. In cases of candidates applying to a position in which industry knowledge is essential, the content of the case study is directly relevant to that role. In these cases, candidates are required to use their existing knowledge and experience to identify key information from the brief. For instance, project managers may be asked to plan for the release of a new product, which incorporates scheduling, budgeting, and resourcing.
General Case Studies
These case studies are designed for a broad audience of candidates who are tested for different positions. Answering the case study questions does not require any specific knowledge, and most questions can be answered with common sense. Any information that is required for answering the case study questions is provided by the assessor, whether by word or through additional documentation. These case studies are much more popular as they are completed by a vast number of candidates who are applying for a wide array of positions.
Popular Case Study Topics
- Strategic decisions in global or local contexts
- Expansion of departments, acquisition of new companies or products
- Entrance into new fields of development and product lines
- Exploring new markets
- Reconstructing organisational trees
- Creating advertising campaigns
What Skills Are Measured?
A case study exercise is one of several tools used to evaluate a wide array of skills and abilities:
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Prepare for Case Studies
JobTestPrep offers a unique preparation package designed specifically to help you prepare for your upcoming case study or analysis exercise. This pack contains two complete written case study exercises that can be solved under test-like conditions. Using the detailed solution guide, scoring form, and presentation example, you are able to assess your own performance and draw valuable conclusions.
The guides included in this pack present you with all the information you need to know about the case study assessment. They cover a variety of topics, including different types of case study tests, numerous solving methods, and case study presentation tips and examples.
- Two full-length case study exercises
- Comprehensive solution guides with detailed explanations
- Self-evaluation forms
- Presentation tips
- A complete online guide to case studies
- Similar to the process seen during real assessment centres
- Immediate online access, practice 24/7
- Target audience: graduate and managerial applicants
Case study exercises
The case study exercise is a realistic simulation of the type of business or strategic problem you are likely to encounter in your new role (if you get the job!). Typical competencies assessed in the case study are:
The case study presents the candidate with a series of fictional documents such as company reports, a consultant’s report, results from new product research etc. (i.e. similar to the in-tray exercise except these documents will be longer). You will then be asked to make business decisions based on the information. This can be done as an individual exercise, or more likely done in a group discussion so that assessors can also score your teamworking ability.
After analysing the documents and deciding on a way forward, you (or the team) will be required to present your proposal in the form of a brief report or presentation. With individual case studies, you will probably present your recommendations at an interview with an assessor. The exercise is assessing your approach to solving the problem as much as the solution you arrive at. In fact, case study exercises are usually designed not to have one ‘correct’ answer. As long as you logically justify your recommendations, and these stand up to interrogation from the assessor, you are likely to score marks.
Skills You Will Need
Skills you will require for the case study exercise include:
- 1. Interpreting lots of data in varying formats and from various sources.
- 2. Analytical and strategic analysis of problems
- 3. Formulating and committing to a decision.
- 4. Commercial and entrepreneurial insight into a problem.
- 5. Oral communication skills for discussing your recommendations
Employers like to use case study exercises because they can easily be bespoke to the company and offer an accurate test of how you might get on in the real job.
The sort of questions you will have to make recommendations on, in the form of a brief report or an interview with an assessor are topics such as:
Information from the case study exercise lends itself to be used as scene-setting for other exercises at the assessment centre. It is common to have the same fictional setting running through the assessment centre, to save time on having to describe a new scenario for each task. You will be told in each exercise if you are expected to remember the information from a previous exercise, but this is rarely the case. Usually the only information common to multiple exercises is the fictional scenario; all data to be used in each exercise will be part of that exercise.
- Analytical Thinking
- Assimilation of Information
- Commercial Awareness
- Which of the three proposals from the consultant should be implemented, and why?
- Should the business invest in product X, and why?
- Is the joint venture a good idea, and why?
- Is the way forward online presence or increased high street outlets?
- Which market has the largest revenue potential and why?