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The #1 reason new McKinsey consultants get fired is what I call the firm’s “kiss of death.” What offense could be so egregious to warrant being fired? It occurs when it’s been determined that you’re... “Uncoachable.” Huh? The McKinsey culture involves others giving you a lot of feedback on how to improve your performance. It [...]

As a former McKinsey resume screener, I've read a lot of consulting cover letters for consulting roles of all types. Most applicants severely under-estimate the importance of the cover letter and end up paying more attention to the consulting resume/CV than they do the cover letter. I would argue the effort allocation should be reversed [...]

The U.S. Supreme Court just made a major decision to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry throughout the country. It is pretty big news here in the U.S. Most people I know personally are pretty happy and celebrating. Some are really disappointed. What’s no longer up for dispute is that gay marriages will now [...]

When consulting firms offer you an internship, they are more or less hiring you for a full time job, but with a 90-day trial period. So on Day 1 of your internship, for all practical purposes you essentially start with a full time job offer in hand. The goal of the internship is to not [...]

Most people with 12-week consulting internships hope to impresses their employers during this time to earn a full time job offer. The assumption tends to be that all 12 weeks of the internship count equally towards the decision on whether or not to extend you a full time job offer. At a practical level, this [...]

This article is intended for those who have obtained an internship job offer from a strategy consulting firm. One of the goals nearly all interns have in an internship is to secure a full time job offer by the end of the internship. To assist you in this objective, it's important to understand WHY consulting [...]

What follows is a success story I received from a reader who successfully transitioned from banking to consulting as an experienced hire. The tips offered should be useful for those of you in similar situations. Field Report: I am writing having just signed to join McKinsey in the Fall. As you can imagine, I am [...]

Even if you have already secured your interviews, you should still read this article, because it explains why you were selected, what biases the firms have, and what areas of concerns the firms may have that they will likely test you on during the in-person interview. In other words, what follows is an explanation of [...]

Success Story: A year ago I was a Civil Engineering student that was originally admitted as a bioengineer. Long story short, I had no aspirations of becoming an engineer but I did hope to apply the analytical skills obtained as a science/ engineering student to a successful career in business. I learned of you and [...]

Feedback: First of all, thank you for your service that you are providing. The emails are for the most part very helpful, as is your website. However, I did just want to make one point. I find topics where new F1Ys give their "tips" on how to succeed a bit absurd. While I unfortunately haven't [...]

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