2011

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 [...]

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 [...]

BCG Interview

I received an email the other day from a F1Y (future first year) who recently got an offer following his BCG interview. I asked him to describe the interview format he experienced and make some suggestions for others who will soon be going through the BCG interview process. While that interview process within a firm [...]

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, [...]

How to Build a Strong Client Relationship

In an ideal world, executives would hire consultants to help their companies maximize their opportunities. However, we don’t live in an ideal world — we live in the real world. And one of the reasons consultants get hired is so the client can avoid getting fired. You might be wondering how this relates to you. [...]

How to Get Promoted in Consulting Firms

There are three key secrets to getting promoted in a consulting firm. Here is one of them: “Do what is needed, not just what is asked.” In your first few weeks and months in consulting, you will typically be assigned tasks. This is just temporary to make sure those who interviewed you did not make [...]

Authority, Power & Influence as a New Consultant

In all corporate environments, you need to pay attention to who and what has power. This is a human dynamic that is rarely discussed out loud but is always present in any corporate environment. It is something as a new consultant you must pay attention to. Let me give you some examples. Authority = Who [...]

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