Case studies are a common tool used in the context of leadership hiring to assess a candidate’s problem-solving abilities and their ability to think strategically. A case study typically presents a hypothetical scenario or real-life business problem that the candidate is asked to analyze and provide recommendations for.
The case study may be provided in advance or given to the candidate during the assessment process, and they are typically given a set amount of time to review the case and prepare their recommendations. The candidate is then asked to present their findings and recommendations to a panel of assessors, who may ask follow-up questions to further evaluate the candidate’s thought process and reasoning.
Case studies can be used to assess a wide range of competencies, including analytical thinking, strategic thinking, communication skills, and the ability to work under pressure. They can also provide valuable insights into a candidate’s industry knowledge and their ability to apply their knowledge in a practical context.