We've put together a simple checklist for how to be a great peer partner on RocketBlocks.
There are five key steps:
If you're doing your first RocketBlocks peer session, congrats!
First, familiarize yourself with what a case interview looks and feels like. Below, we've included a "straw man" outline:
|Case introduction & structuring||~5 minutes|
|Problem analysis & discussion||~20 minutes|
|Conclusion & next steps||~5 minutes|
For one more full case example, see the techniques section here.
When you're giving a case interview to a partner, it's extremely helpful to give a case that you know well.
To learn a case, we recommend the following:
Knowing the flow of the case and having done the math will make it much easier to be a strong interviewer. You'll be able to course-correct your partner if needed and give hints on math (if needed).
Go through this process with a handful of cases. If possible, always use one of these cases (e.g., assuming your partner hasn't it done it already). Repetition will deepen your understanding of the case and you'll be better at assessing the performance of your peers and providing helpful feedback.
When you're new to giving cases, giving them in an interviewer-led style (where the interviewer leads the candidate through a series of prompts) vs. interviewee-led style can help maintain order.
Finally, if you don't have any cases handy, RocketBlocks has you can use.
Build yourself a common grading rubric to use when you're assessing your peers.
This will focus your attention on where your peer is succeeding (or not) and enable you to give clear, actionable feedback once the session is over. Here is a sample rubric you can use (more examples here):
Over time, you can evolve and tweak your rubric but the aforementioned starting point will help you provide good, clear feedback to your partner.
First, be considerate of the fact that everyone is at a different stage of their preparation journey.
Second, remind your peer that you're sharing feedback to help them improve. This helps them get ready to receive feedback and makes it easier for you to deliver honest feedback - which can be really hard especially when you've just met someone!
Third, for each piece of constructive feedback (e.g., "Your mental math performance was a little slow") try to provide a helpful benchmark that puts the feedback in context (e.g., "Other peers I've given this case to took ~2 minutes on the math and I think you took around ~5"). The more you've given a specific case, the easier this becomes.
Finally, if you've got any useful tips for how to improve on a particular skill or pain point a peer is facing, let them know. And remember, a core part of succeeding as a consultant and moving into team leadership roles is being able to provide good feedback - this is a great time to start building that muscle!
Remember, everyone is busy and apply the golden rule: treat your peers as you'd like to be treated.
Tactically, this means making sure you've got a case ready, ensuring you've got a strong internet connection and blocking off enough time (1.5 hrs) to give and receive a case.
In addition, please keep in mind that cancelations, especially last minute cancelations, can really throw a peer's schedule through a loop. No one likes to wake up at 6:30AM PT to find that their peer partner canceled a meeting two hours before it was scheduled!
Finally, have fun! The skills you pick up in case interview practice will serve you well in your interviews, on the job and in life.
Real interview drills. Sample answers from ex-McKinsey, BCG and Bain consultants. Plus technique overviews and premium 1-on-1 Expert coaching.