June 2012

Question: I have a question for you that I imagine is somewhat unique. First of all, I want to thank you for the programs you’ve put together. The free program and Look Over My Shoulder® have been invaluable in preparing for case interviews. As a result of the help you’ve provided, I’m currently in a [...]

What do McKinsey, BCG, and Bain all have in common? Other than being the employer of choice for hundreds of thousands of CIBs, they are also strategy consulting firms. It’s their focus on strategy that separates them from KPMG (operations and finance), Accenture (IT consulting primarily) and numerous other firms. Given this focus on strategy [...]

Question: Thanks very much for all of your helpful materials. I’m a APD (PhD from Stanford) preparing to apply for consulting jobs. It’s challenging because I don’t have any peers who are interested in the industry. I’d love to hear your thoughts on part of the APD recruiting: the essay. McKinsey requires APD candidates to [...]

Following is an email I received from a F1Y who has encountered what I see as a big problem in the first three months at the firm. Question: Like many of your mentees, you are the reason why I have my current job at [XXXX], a boutique management consulting firm in [U.S. state].  Coming from [...]