July 2010

Applying for Consulting Jobs Internationally

Question: I’d be interested to know how international experience or language skills are perceived in management consulting in the US. It seems to me (I may be wrong…) that there are relatively more foreigners in banking. I don’t know whether it’s the difference in nature of the work that favors diverse backgrounds, or is it [...]

Consulting Recruiting Tips for Non MBA's

Question: I have recently become interested in management consulting, and I realized that I’m at a disadvantaged position without an MBA degree. When I applied to grad schools, I did not realize that in the US, many companies (management consulting in this case) almost recruit exclusively from MBA or PhD programs, especially during economic downturns. [...]

Case Interview Criteria for JD, MD, PhD Candidates

Question: As I was flipping through your site and others I noticed there is not a lot of information out there on non-traditional hires, particularly J.D.s I have a BCG interview on Friday, and I was just wondering if the standards for hiring are the same as for M.B.As or if they understand there will [...]

How to Succeed as a Management Consultant

Question: I just got an offer from McKinsey. Any suggestions for how to do well at McKinsey? My Reply: Here are a few general rules of thumb: 1) You are hired for being analytical, you are promoted for being good with clients. 2) #1 reason a new Associate doesn’t make it, they’re an arrogant bastard, [...]