February 2011

The Importance of a Consulting Cover Letter

As a former consulting resume and cover letter reader for McKinsey, and someone who has reviewed thousands of applications, I have noticed an interesting trend. Most cover letters stink, and many resumes emphasize the wrong things. Between the two, the cover letter is more important for the simple reason that if your cover letter does [...]

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 [...]

Options for Post Consulting Careers

Question: First, let me tell you that LOMS has been of great help. It was interesting and very concise. Thanks to it, I was able to get an offer from BCG and Oliver Wyman. I really enjoyed meeting the consultants, but ultimately feel BCG is a better fit. In any case, I have a question [...]

The Easiest Way to Solve a Case Interview

Question: First of all, let me thank you for the LOMS programme. I believe it has advanced my case cracking skills significantly. May I also thank you for continuous tips that I receive in the form of an email newsletter. Those are of great help as well, especially the ones about “how not to feel [...]

Case Interview Advice from Another McKinsey New Hire

Field Report: Just a brief note to say thank you for your emails. I actually didn’t use the LOMS program – or your frameworks! By far, the most valuable thing (for me) was the insight into the mindset of consultants and interviewers, which is what your emails provided. It affords a real sense of perspective [...]

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