What candidates are assessed on at an L.E.K. interview
L.E.K. interviews are held at the consultancy's London office. The first round is the same for both associate and summer associate roles, comprising of two 45-minute interviews and a numerical reasoning test. Associates attend a second round consisting of two 45-minute partner interviews and a presentation.
L.E.K. case study
At L.E.K every interview consists of a case study question and some competency-based questions. Recent interview questions are said to include:
- Can you estimate the size of the t-shirt market in the UK?
- How would you advise a company to cope with recession?
- Should an R&D firm license out its new drug or take it to market itself?
Candidates are assessed on how creatively they approach a business problem, their ability to draw on related knowledge and experience and their quantitative analysis skills. The firm recommends getting familiar with the kind of work that it does, as this will help you anticipate the kinds of questions that will be asked. During the case study questions you should provide commercial justifications for any assumptions you make.
The L.E.K. website provides three sample case studies for you to practise on, and we've rounded up some top tips from consulting firms to help you get ready.
L.E.K. second-round interviews
Also held at the London office, the second round of interviews is conducted by partners. There is the same mix of competency and case questions but with an added emphasis on establishing the candidate's motivation for pursuing a career in consultancy.
Candidates are also asked to prepare and present a short presentation (all instruction & preparation is carried out on the day of the assessment).