March 2011

How to Get Promoted in Consulting Firms

There are three key secrets to getting promoted in a consulting firm. Here is one of them: “Do what is needed, not just what is asked.” In your first few weeks and months in consulting, you will typically be assigned tasks. This is just temporary to make sure those who interviewed you did not make [...]

Authority, Power & Influence as a New Consultant

In all corporate environments, you need to pay attention to who and what has power. This is a human dynamic that is rarely discussed out loud but is always present in any corporate environment. It is something as a new consultant you must pay attention to. Let me give you some examples. Authority = Who [...]

Your Reputation is Everything as a Consultant

In consulting, your personal reputation is everything. It is the one thing by which everything else in your career revolves around. Here is the thing with reputations. Once your reputation is set (whether it is good or it is bad), it is very hard to change. If you are seen favorably, more partners want you [...]

How to Keep Your Job as a Consultant

It is very difficult to get a job in consulting.  It takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and dedication — and ultimately only a few succeed. It stands to reason that putting some thought into keeping the job you just got would be the prudent thing to do. Fortunately, it is actually far easier [...]

The Skill of Extrapolation as a Consultant

  One of the most vital skills a new consultant can have once they’re on the job is the skill of extrapolation. This involves taking some data from a client and extrapolating the data to determine some kind of trend line. In consulting, the data is rarely perfect and never complete. You are always missing [...]

How to Get a McKinsey Offer

If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you know that I receive a lot of success story emails. More recently, I’ve been asking members of my case interview preparation community to not just share the news of their success, but also how they achieved it. The first time I did this [...]

McKinsey APD vs. McKinsey Experienced Hire

Question on McKinsey APD vs. Experienced Hire: First, thank you so much for providing your online materials. I recently found them and they are great! Second, I was hoping you would help me shed some light as to my somewhat atypical career situation. I have a Ph.D. and postdoc from a great school in a technical [...]

McKinsey - Do Women Matter?

Question: Is it a strike against you to be a woman with family + young children when applying to Top Tier firms like MBB? I am an APD in Toronto, Canada (healthcare professional with work experience finishing a PhD this year). I would really like to understand what big firms might be thinking behind closed doors. Would they be thinking they’d [...]

Case Practice vs. Disciplined Practice

Email: I have recently received two consulting offers – one each from Ernst & Young and Deloitte in [a Pacific Rim Country]. I couldn’t have achieved this without your emails, reference materials and the invaluable LOMS program. Many thanks for all the work that you have put into the program and the continuous support that [...]

The Six-Minute Hypothesis Rule

Email: I am an MBA student at a leading Indian B-school and successfully secured offers following my AT Kearney interview and BCG interview for their [City in India] office last week. Thanks a ton for all the help in case interview preparation through LOMS and the regular posts sharing others’ interview experiences with all the [...]

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