February 2011

McKinsey Up or Out Policy

Question: Thank you for providing so much quality online content!  I have a much better understanding of the case interview process now. I want to learn more about life as a consultant, and the common up-or-out policy at Big 3 firms. Can you tell us some more about the up-or-out policy at MBB? From previous [...]

Identifying Key Drivers in a Case Interview

One of the nuanced skills that I’m noticing some people having difficulty with is the ability to identify the “key drivers” behind a particular business trend. Mastering this skill is not only important in a case interview, but is arguably far more important after the case interview — when you are doing real client work. [...]

McKinsey Internship

McKinsey Internship Offer: I received today an internship offer from McKinsey in Paris after two rounds of interviews. First, I wanted to thank you for the advice you gave in your 6 hour tutorials, and in all the great examples of cases you put on your website: – I only had one week to prepare [...]

Bain Written Case Interview Format and Prep

Success Story: Thanks so much for your advice and for the LOMS. I got an offer from Bain [Western Europe] today, so am really happy and want to thank you for all your hard work. The written case study was a pack of info (financial reports, competitor data, customer information, press cuttings, management’s statement) which [...]

Networking as a Consultant Long-Term

The most powerful network in the world is not Facebook. Facebook is just a tool to stay in touch with people you already know. What really counts is who you know, and much more importantly who knows you. The most important network in the world for you is your own network (not Facebook’s). It has [...]

Improving Case Interview Presentation Skills

Email: Greetings from Western Europe. Thank you very much for all the material.  I have found it extremely useful and much more insightful than the books recommended by MBB in Sweden. I am writing to share a method I have been using for case interview preparation. My context for learning is that it has been [...]

Bain Internship

Email: I just got an offer for Associate Consultant Internship position with Bain, and I, like all your fans, would like to thank you for the online resources, tips and advice you have provided. I look forward to your online seminar, and also the list of books you recommend new consultants to read. With regards [...]

Monitor Interview

Success Story: Hi Victor, I have just gotten an offer at Monitor, and I wanted to thank you for all the materials you have made available online. I had no background in consulting– including case prep, etc. — as I had been exploring other things. This opportunity just kind of came my way, and the [...]

Comparing Offers from BCG and McKinsey

Question: I wanted to get your opinion on something.  Firstly, I want to thank you for the materials you put on your website.  Thanks to them, I got job offers from McKinsey and BCG in (Middle East Country) to start as a business analyst. However, I am having hard to time to decide which one [...]

Having Flexibility in Case Interviews

Note: My current comments are included below in [ Brackets ] so you can see my latest thoughts, given how this entire conversation evolved. Reader’s Email #1: I have been practicing cases for management consulting case interviews for more than a month using your videos and on your Look Over My Shoulder® program. [I received [...]

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