A business case in the application process – what to expect

If you are interviewing for the position of a Project Manager or a Business Analyst, chances are we will invite you for an on-site business case. Let’s get you prepared.

Why we use a business case

The business case has become an integral part of our interviewing process. We use it to gain a better understanding of how candidates carry themselves in a real-like business scenario. The business case is a simulation of a typical situation a person would have to handle in their day-to-day interaction with clients. Essentially candidates have the opportunity to get a real-life example of what they might do at Emakina so they can see if there is a match, and we get to better understand how someone will perform.

Typically, if you have made it as far as the business case stage, you have already demonstrated during the interviews that you have the right personality, background and potential to work with us. The question at this point is whether you can really do the job. Putting you into a real situation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in practice, and allows us to predict (or at least make an informed guess) about your future performance.

What to expect on the day?

The case is structured in the following way:

  • Introduction and preparation – you will be briefed on a real life problem and you will have 1 hour to prepare your solution.
  • Presentation – you will present your preparation back to a cross-functional team of your potential future colleagues and answer any questions they might have.
  • Follow-up interview – we will wrap up with an interview where we will dive into your presentation a bit deeper.

Emakina Business Case

Which skills are we testing for?

Communication skills. It’s essential to focus on your presentation skills if you want to nail the business case. Keep an eye on the time, maintain eye contact and make your point concisely.  Ensure you interact with the audience to make sure they are following you and are staying engaged.

How you solve problems. We are interested to know more about the way you go about problems, and most importantly how you solve them. Naturally, not every problem can be solved on the spot, and that’s ok. We are curious about your approach and how you learn.

The ability to think on your feet. This is probably one of the most important things we keep an eye on, and the one you can least prepare for. Participating in a role play for which you have received minimal amount of information is challenging, and it’s essential to be able to adapt to a changing conversation. However, what you can do is asking appropriate questions, be transparent about your thought process, and engage your audience.

What’s next?

After the business case, we’ll have a discussion with the hiring team: is it a go or no go? In case of doubt, we will reach out to you to talk about it. If you’ve rocked the case, we’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse!

Check our vacancies to see if we’ve got a job as a Project Manager or Business Analyst available for you!

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