March 2011

Applying to McKinsey from a Non-Target School

Question: I wanted to thank you for your excellent materials, specifically the LOMS program. Using your frameworks and guidelines, I was able to recently secure offers from Oliver Wyman and McKinsey (I accepted the McKinsey offer). My school is a non-target and I am not sure if anybody from my school has received a non-MBA [...]

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 [...]

Why Is Victor Cheng So Damn Picky?

Question: I would like to do three things: a) Express my appreciation and gratitude for your resources and help, b) Describe the interview format I encountered at McKinsey to help prepare other applicants, c) Ask you about your professional opinion on two competing offers (McKinsey vs. Google). — a) Thanking you Thanks to your frameworks [...]

The Right Attitude for Case Interviews

Email: My success is really your success at case preparation. Here’s how I prepared and what worked well for me. Preparation: – LOMS and McKinsey’s Problem Solving Test for the case studies (four weeks). Personally, I found the best case interviews [in LOMS] to be the most helpful. I’d listen for a minute or two, [...]

Treat the Interviewer Like a Client

Question: First of all I would like to thank you. Everything you produced about consulting (video tutorials, emails, etc.) has been helpful in leading me towards receiving multiple job offers – eventually accepting an offer from McKinsey Milan, Italy. Your materials have been helpful in many different ways, from the psychologic preparation to the technical [...]

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 [...]

Google vs. McKinsey Offers

Question: I am about to choose between two very different offers; a fellow position at McKinsey in the Vienna office and a position as online media associate (including a 2,5 year online media training program) with Google in Poland, which starts at a very basic, operational level in AdWords online advertising. I have consulted many [...]

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. [...]

LEK Internship

LEK Internship Success Story: Just wanted to thank you for the amazing materials that you have put on your website. The LEK interview being the only consulting interview I had (since in [my country] MC firms very rarely do internships) I had a lot of pressure to do well and get the job. Watching your [...]

How to Think More Analytically... Automatically

I was reading an email from a member of my case interview preparation community that had recently gotten offers from Bain and Booz. He made one particular comment that triggered a thought in my mind on how to think in a more structured and analytical way… automatically. This technique has been sitting underneath my nose [...]

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