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Why work at Baringa?

Established in the UK in 2000, Baringa has over 400 employees helping clients across the UK, Europe, US and South Africa implement new, or optimise existing, business capabilities relating to people, processes and technology. Baringa has gained the reputation it has through our deep industry knowledge, excellent people and genuine partnering approach. The company continues to evolve to meet the demands of clients and to encourage the best consultants to join us. We appreciate that our reputation is hard won but easy to lose, so every project and every person at Baringa is business critical, and we only take on work where we are confident we can deliver exemplary results.

What makes Baringa such a special place to work?

We believe that we’re a great place to work – but it’s not just us that says so…. Baringa has been ranked in the Top 10 for Great Places to Work for Medium-Sized Companies for the last eight years, named the Energy Risk Consultancy Firm of the Year for the third consecutive year, Winner of the Commodity Business Awards’ Market Policy and Advisory 2012, 2013 and 2014 and National Business Awards’ Employer of the Year 2012.

Part of what makes Baringa so unique is our company culture, we’ve worked hard to create a stimulating and rewarding environment for our people, putting them at the very heart of our strategy. Bur rather than try and quantify why Baringa is such a great place to work in words for you, why not watch our video

How do you embrace Diversity at Baringa?

Our company-wide Balance Baringa initiative provides a powerful lens on everything we do across our People and Culture Strategy. It aims to improve how we support our people irrespective of background; leading initiatives to strengthen and diversify our talent, leadership and culture at all levels.

Baringa recognises and encourages diversity across gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, personality, health, and culture and socio-economic background. In short, we put our balance agenda at the heart of what we do, recognising the different needs of our people and in doing so ensure Baringa is a place for people to thrive and grow.

Do you have an internal women’s network at Baringa?

Balance Baringa is an umbrella initiative that includes an active women’s network (open to both male and female employees). This community is currently focused on recruiting, developing and retaining top female talent through the pipeline, regularly meeting to share thought leadership and discuss a focused programme of supporting work.

What can a potential candidate expect during the interviewing process?

At Baringa, our aim is to recruit the best. We want people who are highly motivated and well-rounded. People who have an entrepreneurial spirit and who want to help to make a difference to the business. People who are committed and passionate about providing a first-class client service. People who want to work collaboratively with the rest of the Baringa family!

Our interview process is conducted over three stages with consultants from the relevant business unit as follows:

In between the first and second interview candidates are provided with detailed feedback to give them an understanding of what went well and what we are going to focus on in the next interview, thereby giving the candidate ample time to prepare to present themselves in the best possible light.

All candidates are offered an optional peer to peer meetings and additional informal meetings as part of the recruitment process. Through these informal meetings we try to put you in touch with someone in the firm that is either at a similar level to the role you’re applying for and/or someone with a similar background e.g. you might be making the move from industry to consulting and want to talk to someone who has done the same at Baringa. Or perhaps you’re coming back into the workplace following maternity leave and want to meet other mums in the firm who are in the same position.

We’ll set up as many of these informal sessions as you need to feel like you understand your role, our culture and Baringa’s broader support network. We always stress to candidates that these sessions aren’t part of the formal assessment process and are simply for your benefit in determining whether Baringa is a good fit for you.

What do you look for in a potential candidate?

Baringa are always looking for well-rounded, fun people with strong academic, professional and personal skills. We like highly-motivated people who work collaboratively and thrive in being part of our team.

Our market leading growth combined with our expansion plans, mean that we can continue to offer our employees the progression, flexibility, development, and a diverse range of client engagements.

For more information, visit our Career page:

What benefits or reward programmes do you provide for employees? (eg Maternity, Bonus schemes)

Baringa offers a range of benefits including:

Do you provide training for your staff?

At Baringa we recognise that people are our greatest asset. We place a huge focus on developing our people and invest heavily in providing a wide range of training and development programmes to help individuals build their own career paths.

We take pride in on-the-job training, which is critical to an individual’s ability to develop in their role. Baringa also runs a host of tailored internal training courses, such as Presentation Skills, Personal Impact & Executive Presence and Negotiation Skills, as well as 101 industry focused courses and a range of external certifications including PRINCE2, MSP and ISEB.

To ensure that our future leaders achieve their full potential, Baringa employs a dual-pronged approach for more senior members of staff. For Directors, we set up a Development Executive where the Senior Partners team with HR professionals to deliver training and support for this group. Senior Managers, in addition to training, are provided an advisor outside their own Business Unit to build their profile, share insight and learn best practice. Baringa’s internally-developed Leadership Development Programme (LDP) is also a key vehicle to help our future leaders achieve their full potential and provides our senior members training on leadership challenges, winning business and coaching excellence.

Tell us a little about your values and how these are evidenced in working practice?

The Baringa Core Values are defined by everyone in our company to capture what continues to make us unique. We try to exhibit these values in everything we do, whether it is interacting internally, with clients or third parties.

What is your approach to flexible working?

Whilst we know that a consulting environment can be very demanding, Baringa recognises the value of enabling and supporting flexible working practices – including both formal and informal ad-hoc working arrangements.

Flexible working is open to everyone at the firm, with all requests considered on a case-by-case basis. Working patterns range from a job share/split, to 3-4 days per week including working from home to ease child care considerations or pursue personal ambitions.

Baringa is open and honest with clients regarding our approach to flexible working. As part of our staffing process where we assign consultants to clients and projects, we listen to the individual and try to match them to the right role. This can be on the basis of career development opportunities, family responsibilities (e.g. not assigning staff with young families to clients that require staying away from home), or other personal commitments.

Are there any statistics that you are particularly proud off, eg number of women on your board, attrition rates, number of awards won?

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Starting case interviews preparation

Hello! I would like to start preparing for case interviews, I have already bought 3 books (Case interview secrets by Victor Cheng, Case in Point by Cosentino and Interview math by Lewis Lin) but I still feel that I don't know how to prepare in a good way because those books are or too theoretical or way too practical without a generic expaination.

So, how can I improve? May someone suggest another book or website which can give me a sufficient preparation? Thanks!

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Hi Anonymous,

There is already good "content" advice on how to prepare for interviews. Looking at this question more from a "process" point of view and assuming that the candidates starts his prep in due time, this is what worked for most of my coaching candidates (I see you already did the first steps of those!):

Hope that helps - if so, please give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

I recommend the following approach:

1) Start with "Case in point" book - you can download this book for free everywhere. It's not the best guide on how you should approach the cases, however, it will give you the basic understanding.

2) Start practicing cases with partners here or find them locally. !!! Find experienced partners or coaches who can provide a good feedback!!!

3) Purchase and read Viktor Cheng Book (Amazon Kindle store) and listen to LOMS (his website). I recommend to reread the book and listen to LOMS every 15 cases. Every time, having more experience, you’ll be finding something new.

4) Practice fast math

5) Below you can find a list of the most common case types and some high-level recommendations on structuring:

6) Also, I would try to focus on the most common industries in the following priority (sorted by probability of getting a case): 1-retail and CPG; 2-airlines; 3-Telecom; 4-banking; 5-natural resources; 6-tech

7) ! Important: don't forget about the FIT interview part. Crafting you stories and backups stories will require a couple of weeks!

Here is a good list of articles regarding the different parts of the case:

1) Start with clarifying questions:

2) Communicating while structuring . Here is a long post by me on how to communicate the structure during the case study:

3) Using hypothesis. I made a post about hypothesis here:

4) Communicating while making calculations:

5) Communicating during the analysis of graphs / tables

6) Communicating while having questions on creativity

7) Communicating your conclusion. You can find a good example I've posted here:

8) Communicating your FIT stories

Use the top-down approach while communicating your stories. "The Pyramid Principle" is the must-read by ex McKinsey on this topic.

I recommend using the STAR framework:

Quick tips on interviews preparation:

You find attached a slide I have made on this topic.

I finish by reminding that it's compulsory not to neglect the fit which is often less prepared than the case study. So please do not forget that this part of the interview counts as much as the case study, so it is very important not to improvise.

Case Interview Preparation Steps

Hope it helps

I would recommend you the following algorithm:

1. Start learning and practicing the cases. Some you can find in Case Library and practice it with your partner or experience coach.

2. Purchase and read Viktor Cheng Book (Amazon Kindle store) and listen to LOMS

Once you feel you are not improving anymore, I would recommend you to take an expert coach for structured feedback and polishing your own performance.

Hope this helps

The books you mention are pretty good starting points (also watch Victor Cheng's YouTube & LOMS videos), but I would not stick to books for too long. Once you are familiar with the basic frameworks and concepts, I'd suggest you focus most of your time on 1-on-1 case practice (and revise additional concepts as you encounter them during case practice, e.g., discounting cash flows.)

To add on top on what´s been shared, and particularly for the FIT part, the "Integrated FIT guide for MBB" has been recently published in PrepLounge´s shop (

It provides an end-to-end preparation for all three MBB interviews, tackling each firms particularities and combining key concepts review and a hands-on methodology. Following the book, the candidate will prepare his/her stories by practicing with over 50 real questions and leveraging special frameworks and worksheets that guide step-by-step, developed by the author and her experience as a Master in Management professor and coach. Finally, as further guidance, the guide encompasses over 20 examples from real candidates.

Feel free to PM me for disccount codes, since we still have some left from the launch!

Similar questions have been asked several times on this site. Just a 30 second search yields these good answers:

Indeed, these books will teach you the ABC's of case solving - what you need to do is to reach out to the preplounge community and/or friends to start giving you cases in an interview format.

Reading case books material is only 25% of the preparation - only when you sit on one end of the table and try to structure/communicate/solve a case given to you by an interviewer, you are able to reach 100%.

Feel free to reach out for additional specific tips

There's an excellente series of answers here:

Use books only to familiarize yourself with a case interview flow, frameworks and expected answer.

The most important however is many practices with a real partner because by doing that you can get used to the dynamic of a case interview.

Don't forget to practice mental math using one of the many online tools.

A great (and free) case prep resource that we would recommend is Case Dojo ( Case Dojo sends subscribers two original market sizing questions per week, with solutions hand-crafted by MBB consultants.

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