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This pack contains two full case study analysis practice exercises. You also receive a complete set of preparation materials, including case study answers and presentation tips. A general guide teaches you how to construct a case study assignment. It 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?

  1. The first type of assessment centre case study exercises 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.
  2. Another type of case study interviews 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 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 set case study exercises as a discrete element of the selection process, while others may combine them with an interview. 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 where 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 to 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:

Aptitude Skills    Employment Skills
Analytical Commercial
Strategic Marketing principles
Creativity Time management
Problem solving      Working under pressure
  Oral communication

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 all 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.


What's Included

  • 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
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