June 2012

Oliver Wyman Offer vs. Boutique

Question: I have a question for you that I imagine is somewhat unique. First of all, I want to thank you for the programs you’ve put together. The free program and Look Over My Shoulder® have been invaluable in preparing for case interviews. As a result of the help you’ve provided, I’m currently in a [...]

Strategy: Why Most Companies (and People) Stink At It

What do McKinsey, BCG, and Bain all have in common? Other than being the employer of choice for hundreds of thousands of CIBs, they are also strategy consulting firms. It’s their focus on strategy that separates them from KPMG (operations and finance), Accenture (IT consulting primarily) and numerous other firms. Given this focus on strategy [...]

McKinsey Application Essay

Question: Thanks very much for all of your helpful materials. I’m a APD (PhD from Stanford) preparing to apply for consulting jobs. It’s challenging because I don’t have any peers who are interested in the industry. I’d love to hear your thoughts on part of the APD recruiting: the essay. McKinsey requires APD candidates to [...]

How to Deal with a Credit Hog

Following is an email I received from a F1Y who has encountered what I see as a big problem in the first three months at the firm. Question: Like many of your mentees, you are the reason why I have my current job at [XXXX], a boutique management consulting firm in [U.S. state].  Coming from [...]

Passed 5 BCG Interviews as Experienced Hire

I wanted to pass on a field report from an experienced hire who ended up passing five BCG interviews. This post offers insight into the recruiting process for experienced hires as well. Field Report: Please find below a summary of my experience going through BCG interviews as an experienced would-be hire. First, I only applied [...]

Offers from McKinsey, Bain, and Booz - Brazil

What follows is feedback from a F1Y at a Top 3 firm in Brazil. Field Report: I know you must have a lot of feedback mail, but I would like to thank you anyway. Your help was essential for understanding how case interviews really work, the real deal, not some examples edited in a book [...]

Bain Job Offer from Non-Target School

Following is a field report from a F1Y who shares a great example of perserverance. Field Report: Thank you very much for providing so much great material for free. I also found a lot of value in the LOMS materials that I purchased after going through the Case Interview Secrets videos. From these materials and [...]