Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on Friday, June 15, 2018
Specific to types of industries/types of companies, management consulting or similar where one solves problems/advises client are likely to use case interviews. But they could be used in almost any company or industry. Case interviews have two primary purposes: 1)Helps to give the candidate a realistic job preview, more often than not, the cases are not hypothetical, but are based on real issues the company has already solved or is still trying to. The case is directly related to work/job you are considering. 2)It's a great way for the employer to get to know more about you, assess your skills vs. more standard interview questions. Employers will be looking to get a better sense of your problem solving skills, your creativity, your analytical skills, and your communication skills. In general, employers won't be trying to stump you or trick you in a case interview...it's more like, here's a problem we are trying to solve, let's discuss how you would approach it.