Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, January 14, 2016
Using a case study during an interview allows the company to assess a candidate’s ability to think on their feet and see them in action. This practice allows the interviewers to assess the candidate’s skills such as quantitative skills, analytical skills, flexibility, their ability to work under pressure, listening and communication skills and problem solving skills. If you are taking classes that have case studies, this is a great way to practice these skills since case studies are increasingly being used during the interview process. If your classes do not offer case studies, I suggest researching examples of case studies which will help you build your ability to demonstrate your skills during the event that a case study is used during an interview, while also knowing what to expect. Concerning your second question about diversity questions, companies may use this information for statistical purposes and does not hinder your chances during the interview process. If you feel uncomfortable providing this information, you have the option to opt out.