October 2011

Recently I conducted a web conference with Michael Ellsberg, author of the book The Education of Millionaires. Our topic of conversation was: "What they don't teach you at Harvard Business School." Many of the people who were interested in listening in couldn't make it live. Fortunately, Michael was able to record it and graciously posted [...]

The STAR Method is a way of answering resume-based interview questions that provides interviewers with clear, concrete and concise answers. Interview questions that are answered in the STAR method format get to the heart of what a candidate actually did in a previous work experience. STAR stands for: * Situation - What was the situation you [...]

If you've been following the news, Rajat Gupta, the former managing partner of McKinsey, has turned himself in, in response to allegations of insider trading. What a black eye for the reputation of the firm. I'm sure there are a few hundred McKinsey partners who are absolutely livid about this. It's one thing to say [...]

If you have been following the news, the death of Steve Jobs has been everywhere. Steve Jobs had an unusually big impact of my life and my parents' lives. You see my parents started one of the very first Apple dealers in my hometown of San Diego, California. In 1977, Jobs co-invented the first mass [...]

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Success Story: I am an experienced professional (in a specific industry) who decided to switch to management consulting and first applied about 40 days ago. I had applied only to McKinsey and received my offer yesterday after six interviews. I had interviewed for an [Asia Region] office but am living [Other Region] hence every interview [...]

Question: I'm starting to prepare now for the winter intern recruitment. I am a third year student at [non target school] with a good amount of professional experience and internships under my belt.  One of my primary concerns is my SAT math scores that I took in high school.  On one sitting, I received a [...]