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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Question: First of all, thanks a lot for sharing your insights and knowledge. Since I took notice of your website, I spend every possible minute to read and watch the videos! Holding a diploma in industrial engineering from a Top 3 [European] University, I am now looking for starting my career in the consulting industry. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Question: I've been interested and trying to get into the consulting field since 2007. Unfortunately, my university/college marks were severely affected by some family issues at the time. Since what's done is done, I've been trying to get into the industry through experience rather than academia, but every single entry-level role I am put forward [...]

Question: I've been following your emails with interest since October. I want to apply for Strategy firms later this year, so it is likely that I will be purchasing LOMS soon and gearing up for some serious case-study practice. Today I looked at your consulting cover letter and consulting resume advice. You advise applicants to [...]

Question on Experienced Hire Resume Criteria: Considering where I am at my profession and personal (age (33 yrs) + kid), I can only do a part-time MBA. I looked into an opening in Calgary Canada (I am based in SF, USA) at McKinsey and was tempted to apply. However, I am not sure how experienced [...]

Question: For applicants with an MBA or advanced degree, is undergrad GPA important to put on your consulting resume? I am starting a Master's of Int'l Business at XXXXXXXXX (A top 25 MBA program) and hoping to do a McKinsey internship next summer.  I have high test scores and, being older and wiser and with [...]