2011

BCG 1st Round Rejection - Now What?

Question: Today I got a feedback call from BCG. Three weeks ago I had a selection process for a business course (recruitment event) at BCG, which was comparable with a first round. I had two case interviews and an online case test. This was the first time I did a case interview and I received [...]

Rejection from Top 3 Consulting Firms

Question: Thank you for your regular emails, they are extremely helpful and I only wish I knew about your site earlier. I learned about it only one month before my interviews, where I should have been heeding your advice one year before. I am not doing an MBA program, but I attend the top masters [...]

McKinsey Numbers / Math Test

Question: I have just subscribed to your website and I find your videos and notes very helpful. I have my first round interview with McKinsey this week (I was notified less than a week before) and I have already taken the PST and looked at other companies’ tests as well. In the email I received, [...]

Transitioning From Audit to Management Consulting

Question: Thank you for support that you provide to us via web site and e-mail. I am working in a big international company in the audit department [Big Four accountancy firm], but I would like to continue my future career as a management consultant. Can you advise me of the approach I should use to [...]

Final Round Conflicts

Question: Thank you for the fabulous resource you’ve put together.  Your site was recommended to me by a first-year at BCG and it’s been great prep.  This question is probably on a lot of minds right now and I was hoping to get your perspective. I have received invitations for two final round consulting interviews [...]

BCG Offer after 10+ Rejections

Following is a success story I received from a new BCG hire who has some insightful tips for those still recruiting. Field Report: I am glad that I finally got a reason to write to you! I have recently received an offer for a Consultant position at BCG in one of the Eastern European offices, [...]

The Education of Millionaires

Recently I conducted a web conference with Michael Ellsberg, author of the book The Education of Millionaires. Our topic of conversation was: “What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School.” Many of the people who were interested in listening in couldn’t make it live. Fortunately, Michael was able to record it and graciously posted [...]

McKinsey Offer from Top 200 University

The following field report is from a McKinsey new hire from a Top 200 U.S. university. While McKinsey and the other top firms are heavily represented by graduates of Ivy League universities (and their international counterparts), it is not staffed exclusively this way. The story that follows is very instructive for anyone applying from a [...]

McKinsey Reputation Management

If you’ve been following the news, Rajat Gupta, the former managing partner of McKinsey, has turned himself in, in response to allegations of insider trading. What a black eye for the reputation of the firm. I’m sure there are a few hundred McKinsey partners who are absolutely livid about this. It’s one thing to say [...]

Life, Death, and Consulting...

If you have been following the news, the death of Steve Jobs has been everywhere. Steve Jobs had an unusually big impact of my life and my parents’ lives. You see my parents started one of the very first Apple dealers in my hometown of San Diego, California. In 1977, Jobs co-invented the first mass [...]

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