June 2011

Starting a Case with the Right Questions

Question: I have been following your email newsletters and have read them all carefully since I joined your club.  I thank you again for all your effort in making the videos and in having lots of good information available to us. After going through your training videos and framework guide, I recently started practicing case [...]

Why Consulting Firms Hire Undergrads

Question: I would like to start by saying thank you for the resources you provide. They are very helpful and have made me much more effective at cases as well as other tasks that require similar skills. However as an undergraduate student working towards a B.COMM in a school that is considered a target school [...]

How to Practice Cases Without a Partner

Question: I’ll have interviews at McKinsey, Bain and hopefully BCG in the next 3-4 months. I’m starting seriously with my preparation now, one hour per day on weekdays and six to eight hours on weekends — I don’t have much time between work and university. How should I practice? Consider I do not have a [...]

Compensating for Lousy Grades on Resume

Question: I’ve been interested and trying to get into the consulting field since 2007. Unfortunately, my university/college marks were severely affected by some family issues at the time. Since what’s done is done, I’ve been trying to get into the industry through experience rather than academia, but every single entry-level role I am put forward [...]

Skipping Steps During a Case Interview

In case interviews, some candidates always seem to get “stuck” in a case — unsure how to proceed. Other candidates “ace the case” and never seem to get stuck at all. Why does this happen? The short answer is this: You only get stuck in a case if you skip steps.  If you never skip [...]

The Big Brand Name Employer

Question: I am a loyal subscriber of your emails and a big fan who also benefited a lot from your case interview materials. I have aimed to enter the consulting industry as my career goal, and I have tried it once with a emerging consultancy, I got the chance to do my second case, but [...]

Roland Berger Interview

Question: I would like to thank you for all the material on your website, it helped me a lot as I followed your main advice: Train, Train and Train again! I am from Europe and I applied for junior positions at the top tier firms’ local offices. My first real case (all my trainings were [...]

McKinsey Careers

If you pursue one of the many McKinsey careers available to both beginning and experienced consultants, you will become part of one of the oldest firms in the field.  McKinsey was established some 80 years ago, all the way back in that golden age of American business, the “Roaring Twenties.”  Many in fact credit the [...]

Is There an Age Cut-Off for Consulting?

Question: I have been going through your website and am subscribed to your emails. I have a few questions that I hope you can help address. I went to a reputed business school after working for about a decade in the technology industry. I got through the case interview of a niche consulting firm, but [...]

When to Apply to Consulting Firms

Question: First of all, thank you for your work. It is great guidance to me. I reviewed all the FAQ’s and articles, but couldn’t find the answer to when somebody should apply. Do consulting firms have a certain seasonality in their recruiting process or can I send my resume in June, October or February, as [...]