January 2011

The Rising Star Consultant

Hi Everyone, I’ve been getting a bunch of emails asking me to share some strategies for how to be a successful consultant once you get your job offer. I’m debating whether or not to put the time into teaching this topic and wanted to get your vote and your feedback. If this topic IS of [...]

Intuition and Structured Problem Solving in Case Interviews

Question: I appreciate your response and just had a quick opinion question. I spoke to a friend of mine, ex-Mckinsey consultant and interviewer. He said, when I asked him about casework and interviews, that there is a key that many people who employ solely the framework miss out on. It seems a bit different from [...]

BCG Australia Offer

Email: I wanted to follow up and let you know that after six interviews in two days, I have been offered a position with BCG Australia as a Consultant! Your preparation materials were invaluable and I am incredibly appreciative for your efforts. I will make a donation this week to your supported charity. Many thanks [...]

Salary Expectations for a Consulting Job

Question: I am fan of your mails these days since I registered.  I would like to inform you that I received an email from a consulting firm showing interest in my application. I am now asked for my salary expectations. I have been surveying online but would like to seek your opinion regarding this. Based [...]

Accepting a Job Offer from McKinsey

Question: I received an offer to join McKinsey & Company in (Asia Office) as a Business Analyst, and I am absolutely thrilled. I would like to thank you for all the useful materials on your website and for the Look Over My Shoulder® program, which I purchased. The program has been extremely useful in polishing [...]

Case Interview Expectations for PhDs

Question: I have been keeping up with your daily newsletter. Very helpful indeed, but I couldn’t help but notice that it is perhaps mostly aimed at people with a business background of MBAs. I may be wrong. I mentioned in our earlier exchanges that my background is in [Science Field] (PhD). I have done Science [...]

Applying the 80/20 Rule in Case Interviews

Question: I purchased your Look Over My Shoulder® program and find it really helps me a lot to prepare for my case interviews. However, listening to all the cases I stumbled upon an inconsistency that confuses me a bit. In the one of the cases the candidate X’s out “Cost” as an area to look [...]

How to Handle Multiple Job Offers

Question: I was amazed when you said that you had five or seven job offers at the same point, and you picked Mckinsey. I was wondering how did you handle them? I have my first round for Mckinsey next week. I got a call from a boutique firm yesterday, where I have finalized my interview [...]

How to Get a McKinsey Interview

Question on McKinsey Interview: I’ve been watching your videos/following your somewhat daily email postings on the McKinsey interview for a while now. I have a question regarding summer recruiting. I attend the University of Southern California. According to the McKinsey website and talking to my friends, McKinsey does not go through formal recruiting at my [...]

How to Solve a Case When Standard Frameworks Don't Apply

Question: Thank you for all the great material you provide. It really helps me understand what a case interview is and how to tackle a case. I am still far from mastering the frameworks, but I am getting more and more confident. I have specific questions that I found during the study process and look [...]

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