July 2012

McKinsey Delivery Centre India

Question: – Got interview call from Mckinsey for their new service line called Mckinsey Delivery Centre. This appears to be an India specific role as per the appended JD and not typical consultant profile, though it is a client facing role and is part of Mckinsey & Company. Help needed: If you can provide more [...]

Multiple Final Rounds, But No Offer

Question: I appreciate all of your insight – I’ve subscribed to your updates for about a year, but didn’t start until after B-school. My experiences have been frustrating in the process of trying to gain a foothold in consulting; I’ve had multiple interviews, including two final round on-site sessions, and cannot seem to move past [...]

Being a Father: Strength or Weakness?

Question: First of all, thanks a lot for sharing your insights and knowledge. Since I took notice of your website, I spend every possible minute to read and watch the videos! Holding a diploma in industrial engineering from a Top 3 [European] University, I am now looking for starting my career in the consulting industry. [...]

Homeless to Harvard

A few weeks ago, I came across an amazing and touching story about a Dawn Loggins homeless American girl who got into Harvard a few weeks ago. The story has so many life and career lessons. Here’s the short version of the story: Dawn grew up in a home without electricity and water. To wash [...]

Where Do Brilliant Insights Come From?

CIBs and F1Ys often ask me, “Where do brilliant insights come from?” My first reaction was… geez, that’s a good questions. I have to think about that one. Certainly at a basic level, insights come from asking the right questions to elicit the most useful data — but in my experience that’s where EXPECTED insights [...]

Stephen Covey 1932 - 2012

Lately, a number of CIBs and F1Ys have been asking me about what books I read. One of the very first business / success books I read was in 1990. (And yes, I realize this is before some of my readers were born…) At the time, it was a brand new book titled: The 7 [...]

Do You Work for Income or Assets?

One of the mistakes I made early in my career was to think of my career as a way to earn an income to pay the bills. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, there’s an alternative approach that I did not consider explicitly and early enough in my career. That is the idea [...]

McKinsey South Africa Offer

Here is a success story from South Africa. Field Report: My feedback for Victor and everyone who contributes to CaseInterview.com is simple: you guys are brilliant. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all very much. I found the website and used the free case interview preparation material to prepare for my interview [...]

Case Frameworks - Where to Start

Question: I’m really hoping you reply to this email if you get the time. I have final round interviews with Roland Berger on Saturday morning. I’ve done a couple of interviews so far and apparently they went well. I watched all your videos and they have been extremely helpful. I have a question though: when [...]

Written Communication as a Consultant

Question: I am wondering if you might have a reference for consulting-specific writing coaching. Since joining Booz and Company, I have been rated ‘high potential’ but am being told that I need to be more concise in my writing and speaking. I am in the somewhat unusual position of being an Engagement Manager-level hire with [...]