March 2011

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 Interview During a Meal

Question: Hi Victor, I’ve been reading your emails and following the LOMS program for the last two months. I had a quick question if you have time. I have an interview with a partner at IBM Consulting in a few days. It is a lunch interview in a fit/case format. If I get a verbal [...]

McKinsey Interview Dress Code

Question: When interviewing with companies like McKinsey, how formal should we be with dress? Is there a limit on how formal i.e if a pocket square, etc. is appropriate? Or standard suit, tie and briefcase?   My Reply: When it comes to dress code in consulting, it is important to keep in mind that how [...]

McKinsey Interview Format

Reader Email: The position I applied to at McKinsey was the Fellow program (I applied holding a Master’s degree in international business). The interview format I encountered in all of the McKinsey interviews was slightly different than the interview format used in the LOMS program; rather than having the interviewee go through the whole framework [...]

BCG Atlanta Offer

BCG Interview – Success Story I wanted to thank you for your guidance during the consulting interviewing process. The videos and notes on your website helped me immensely. The videos were especially useful in acing, what was for me at least, the most challenging part of case interviews: the presentation and stylistic elements of the case. [...]

Intelligence vs. Wisdom as a Consultant

A common mistake made by new consultants is mistaking their intellect for wisdom. The two are not the same thing. The other common mistake is to assume that to be successful as CEO or operating executive, you just have to get the strategy right and the execution or implementation is comparatively easier. I use to [...]

Capital One Case Interview

Capital One Case Interview Question: I’ve been a member of your program for a couple weeks now and I have found your tips and advice to be extremely helpful. I also purchased your Look Over My Shoulder® program and I found it offers what no other case interview prep provider is able to offer, which is hands [...]

McKinsey & BCG Maximum Age Cut Off

Question: one question and one business idea for you. If you like it, you will hire me as a consultant for your firm, ok? :-) the question is: In Europe where asking the age of a candidate is legal, how the candidate’s age will affect the recruiter’s final decision? Which is the max hiring age for [...]

Mensa, Fulbright Scholarships, Olympic Medals on Resumes

Question: I’ve been following your emails with interest since October. I want to apply for Strategy firms later this year, so it is likely that I will be purchasing LOMS soon and gearing up for some serious case-study practice. Today I looked at your consulting cover letter and consulting resume advice. You advise applicants to [...]

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