Getting The Interview

When I was at Stanford, the most successful students were the smartest ones. Fast forward 10 to 20 years, and the most successful people I know aren’t the smartest people I know. However, they often are the most connected. They have many friends in positions of influence and power. This works both within a company [...]

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 [...]

When it comes to both your personal life and professional life, your peer group profoundly impacts… well, everything. Your peers influence whom you socialize with, who becomes members of your professional network, what socially-derived expectations you do or don’t have for yourself, and the filter by which you consider all life decisions. If you want [...]

Success Story: I just wanted to very briefly reach out, offer my thanks and let you know of my success with consulting recruiting in my final year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at [public research university]. I was exposed to your resources early this year as I was applying for consulting summer internships. I [...]

Question: I have recently become aware of your website and all the wonderful help that you offer . . . thank God!!! I have been following closely and have recently purchased LOMS. I now have an interview in a week’s time with one of the big four firms. It’s a miracle that I even got [...]

To succeed in business and your career, it helps for two things to be true: To be differentiated from the competition To be perceived to be differentiated from the competition Differentiation helps because it reduces the scope and intensity of direct competition. This is true when a business competes for customers, and in careers amongst [...]

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 [...]

Following is a field report from a CaseInterview.com reader that found success in improvements and personal advances, even though no offers were extended. Field Report: I recently finished final rounds with McKinsey and while I did not receive an offer, I still wanted to send a note of appreciation to you for everything you’ve provided [...]

When I left McKinsey to start my own company, a number of my McKinsey friends left to do the same. My two back-to-back startup attempts failed. A number of my McKinsey friends’ startups succeeded, in some cases wildly so (one of them was StubHub). For the first time in my career (and actually life), I [...]

A few days ago, I was in Manhattan taking a seminar on screenplay writing. During my time there, I had one night where I didn’t have any plans or commitments. As an experiment, I invited a few dozen CIBs, 1Y, 2Y to a last-minute, impromptu Q & A session in the lobby of my hotel. [...]

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