March 2012

McKinsey London Offer

Question: I’ve used your Case prep material and have recently been offered a job at McKinsey London. And I wanted to thank you personally. I found the videos a great starting point and the audio files of the practice cases (LOMS) to be great for what real cases could sound like. For someone with no consulting [...]

Strategy vs. Operations Consulting

Question: I came across your website and was wondering about Strategy vs. Operations consulting. It seems Strategy is more about growing the company whereas Operations is about making the company more efficient. Would you say that Strategy Consulting is harder to get into/ more prestigious than Operations? Are similar skill sets needed in both? My Reply: [...]

Consulting Interview Questions

Consulting interview questions (also called “case interview” questions) differ dramatically from traditional interview questions. In a traditional or behavioral interview, the interviewer will ask questions that tend to begin with “tell me about a time.” For example: “Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a teammate and what you did to resolve [...]

Consulting Interview

When improving your consulting interview performance, it can help to get back to the fundamentals. Legendary basketball coach John Wooden was famous for telling his players in during their first practice, “Gentleman, this is a basketball.” Clearly, these top-notch college players already knew they were looking at a basketball. The point was that by returning [...]

How NOT to Do Math [Video]

The following video is a funny example of how NOT to do math in a case interview. The math question is: “If you’re traveling 80 miles per hour, how long does it take you to travel 80 miles?” See one person’s answer (who by the way should NOT work in consulting). Note: This video has [...]

Case Interview Tools

When I am contacted by candidates who have made it through the case interview process with a successful offer, often I get emails like the one below with tips for those still interviewing. Field Report: It’s been about 8 months that I was dreaming to write this e-mail to you. Tomorrow I’m joining McKinsey in [...]

Hypothesis Statement in Interviewer-Led Interviews

Question: Quick question: when is the best time to do the synthesis + hypothesis combination in interviewer-led interviews? I know that you would normally do it after closing each branch/moving to the next framework in candidate-led cases, but what about the interviewer-led cases? Do you do it before each new question is asked? After? At [...]

BCG Interview Questions and Answers

Question: First of all I would like to express my gratitude and biggest thanks to all that you [do for] potential candidates. Thanks to your video as well as LOMS trainings, I was able to qualify into final rounds with BCG. Yesterday I had a big day with finals. Surprisingly, the last 2 interviews with [...]

BCG Visiting Associate vs. Full Time Associate Offer

The following is an excerpt from a field report.  This reader received a full time offer from BCG following a three-month Visiting Associate (VA) role. Field Report: The second topic I would like to cover is finding yourself in a position of getting a VA offer instead of a full time Associate offer (not usual). [...]

Deloitte Consulting Interview Tips

The following is a field report from a F1Y who recently passed the Deloitte Consulting Interview and is passing along some tips.   Field Report: Here is the short and sweet version of my story (longer version below): Doctoral student applies for McKinsey APD — rejected Decides to be a “good” PhD and consider academia [...]

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