June 2009

Should MBAs Include Undergrad GPA on Resume?

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 [...]

Am I Qualified to Be a Management Consultant?

Question: Can you please give me a brief advice? I have done BA from India and MBA from XXXXXXXX University (a school I’m not familiar with), GPA:3.0; GMAT:640. I have worked for 5 years in real estate. I want to get into consulting (as I really love management consulting)- but I am not able to [...]

Why "Spock" Is the Ideal Management Consultant

The ideal management consulting applicant would be Star Trek’s character “Spock”–but with people skills. The ideal consultant needs to by hyper analytical and logical. This is not to say that being an intutitive business decision maker is a bad thing (think Apple’s Steve Jobs, or Richard Branson) in life or in business. But, it is [...]

Case Interview Success Rates by Round

Question: I understand that McKinsey has an “offer rate” (% of applicants that are offered positions) of somewhat under 1%. In addition, I understand that the application process has three hurdles: getting the first interview, getting the second, and getting an offer. Can you give us a feel for the average applicant success rate at [...]