2011

Are Consulting Firms Hiring Less Due to Economy?

Question: Are Consulting Firms Hiring Less Due to Economy? I wanted to get your opinion and insight on this: Do you feel that consulting firms, especially the Big 3 and Booz & Co., will be cutting back on the number of undergraduates they hire for full-time consulting positions in the upcoming Fall 2011 recruiting cycle, considering the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How Consultants Can Really Help Their Clients

A while ago, one of the major news stories in the U.S. was about how an air traffic controller fell asleep on the job — forcing the pilot to land a plane without help from the control tower (very dangerous). It is the third time this has happened.  If this happened in a corporation, it [...]

Hypothesis vs. Framework

I receive many emails asking if I have a framework for XYZ kind of case. Often XYZ is something a little unusual, such as a non-profit case, a human resources organization design case, a manufacturing process improvement, or IT vendor selection case. While my focus is on strategy consulting cases, I still get these questions, [...]

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 [...]

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