Rejection

Nobody like setbacks, obstacles, and “failures.” It’s human to feel sorry for yourself. However, it’s not particularly productive or useful to feel sorry for yourself for too long. Anytime I get knocked on my rear by life, I have one rule that I do my best to follow. I allow myself to feel sorry for [...]

The biological purpose of fear is to help the human body avoid pain. If you’ve ever burned your finger by touching a stove, you know what I mean. When you get too close to a hot stove, something you KNOW will cause you pain, it’s beneficial to feel fear. It prompts you to take action [...]

Success Story: I am most certain that you receive hundreds of emails from people world-wide expressing their thanks for your provision of case study materials. My email is of a similar nature. I came across your website after being unsuccessful in my final round interviews with one of the MBB firms, and receiving feedback that [...]

Four years ago, my old college dorm neighbor, Brian Acton, was looking for a job. Up until that point, he had spent 11 years at Yahoo in a variety of engineering jobs. He landed an interview with Twitter — but they didn’t give him an offer. He interviewed with Facebook — and they too did [...]

When trying to accomplish any major goal in life, rejection and obstacles are inevitable. The key is to learn from your mistakes and persist through it until you succeed. This is easier said than done. The following “must see” video is a story about a person who truly inspires me. His name is Kyle Maynard [...]

Question: Today I got a feedback call from BCG. Three weeks ago I had a selection process for a business course (recruitment event) at BCG, which was comparable with a first round. I had two case interviews and an online case test. This was the first time I did a case interview and I received [...]

Question: Thank you for your regular emails, they are extremely helpful and I only wish I knew about your site earlier. I learned about it only one month before my interviews, where I should have been heeding your advice one year before. I am not doing an MBA program, but I attend the top masters [...]

Following is a success story I received from a new BCG hire who has some insightful tips for those still recruiting. Field Report: I am glad that I finally got a reason to write to you! I have recently received an offer for a Consultant position at BCG in one of the Eastern European offices, [...]

Many believe that consulting skills (and by proxy case interview skills) are amongst some of the most useful skills in business. While I do agree with this statement, I do think there is another skill that is infinitely more useful in both business and in life. It is the skill of overcoming rejection or adversity. [...]

Question: Unfortunately, yesterday I received the feedback after my first round interview at Bain [Europe]. The approach and the solution to the cases was correct, but I didn’t pass for the following reasons: 1) incisiveness not so high (i.e. lack of “verve”) 2) few analytical mistakes As an engineer with an MBA, I could say [...]

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