October 2009

Do "Creatives" Make Good Consultants?

Question: Hi. I have a questions for you. I am currently in the process of interviewing with McKinsey. I am enjoying studying the case questions and am excited about the prospect of potentially working at McKinsey, but was made concerned by a comment that you made in your Harvard lecture videos. You stated that people [...]

Weird Case Interview Questions

Question: How do you handle and prepare for a case that doesn’t fit well into a pre-defined framework? My Response: First off, it’s rare to get one of these weird cases that doesn’t fit a framework. That being said, it happens from time to time. My estimate is it happens less than 2% of the [...]

Executive MBA and Consulting

Question: I was looking at your FAQs and read in one of your responses that EMBAs “don’t count.” Can you elaborate on that? Does that automatically DQ me if I am trying to get a job at a top tier firm? And to deep dive a bit…what’s up with this stereotype that EMBA degrees don’t [...]

Frameworks for Non-Profit Cases

Question: Do the frameworks you present have to be modified for non-profit cases? i.e. is there anything different with a non-profit client that I need to expand the standard frameworks to address? My Reply: In general, I use similar frameworks but add a metric called “mission” — as in did you accomplish your mission as [...]

1st Round vs. Final Round

Question: Later this week I’m going to have the last round of interviews with BCG but I was wondering if they where different from previous rounds. In the first round I got two business cases and a few questions of personal experiences. What is your advise? My Response: In my experience as both interviewee and interviewer, the [...]