2011

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

McKinsey APD Application

APD Success Story: I am sure you get a ton of these, but I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for all the resources you’ve put up on your site. I got an offer for a summer associate position with McKinsey yesterday through the APD recruiting process, and caseinterview.com was an integral [...]

Low SAT Scores

Question: I’m starting to prepare now for the winter intern recruitment. I am a third year student at [non target school] with a good amount of professional experience and internships under my belt.  One of my primary concerns is my SAT math scores that I took in high school.  On one sitting, I received a [...]

McKinsey Junior Associate Offer

Success Story: 1. It gives me great pleasure to inform you that I have been invited to join McKinsey as a Junior Associate. 2. Thank you for everything, because I didn’t do anything else! What I did do:- (a) Bought the LOMS program 10 days ago and just about managed to get through half of [...]

Argh... Forget the Damn Framework!

Question: I purchased LOMS about ten days ago and have listened to it twice so far. I am trying to go over the seven times mantra, hopefully before the first round. As far as identifying my weak spots, I feel it’s with the “qualitative” cases, something that you mention is a common issue with people [...]

Case Interview Books

The following are some of the more popular books on case interviews. I’ve assembled them in one place for those interested in getting a variety of perspectives on the case interview. Case Interview Secrets by Victor Cheng Case in Point by Marc Cosentino How to Get into the Top Consulting Firms by T. Darling Hacking [...]

How to Overcome Rejection

Many believe that consulting skills (and by proxy case interview skills) are amongst some of the most useful skills in business. While I do agree with this statement, I do think there is another skill that is infinitely more useful in both business and in life. It is the skill of overcoming rejection or adversity. [...]

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