As part of a series sponsored by Haverford’s Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA), alumni duo Jim Wiltsee ’09 and Arman Terzian ’14 led a case interview workshop for Haverford students on Friday, September 12. Wiltsee, who was a Haverford economics major with a minor in biology, currently works in the health and public Services division in the Philadelphia office of Accenture, a leading provider of management consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Terzian was a pre-medical student who majored in English and currently works as an analyst at the Advisory Board Company, a global research, technology, and consulting firm that focuses on health care and higher education.
The two presented a workshop for students interested in interning or applying for a job in the consulting industry. The workshops were designed to help students prepare for case interviews, which are unique to the field of consulting. Case interviews are two-way discussions in which questions based on hypothetical business scenarios are presented to the interviewee to test analytical ability, reasoning skills, confidence, and knowledge of business concepts. These interviews are also an opportunity for candidates to display their thought process, interpersonal skills, and ability to handle situations under pressure. Wiltsee and Terzian led a PowerPoint presentation during which they introduced students to a wide array of consulting firms, talked about the interview process, offered alternate resources for mock interviews, and provided sample case scenarios for practice.
The CCPA regularly brings alumni back to campus for career chats, mock interviews, career fairs, job recruiting, and information sessions. Workshops such as the one led by Wiltsee and Terzian are one way Haverford alumni give back to the college community, by sharing with interested students their knowledge of and expertise in particular industries.
–Hina Fathima ’15
Photos by Brad Larrison