When you’re the best in the world at something, there’s nobody left to beat. If you’re Usain Bolt, you’re (literally) the fastest human being on earth and in all of history (world record holder for 100-meter dash). With whom do you compete? If you’re Michael Phelps and have more Olympic medals than anyone in history [...]

Consulting is a very competitive field, with most firms receiving tens of thousands of applicants each year. Regardless of one’s natural intellect and career qualifications, I continue to be amazed by the number of emails I receive from people who put in only one or two days of preparation, got rejected and are surprised by [...]

What is the BCG Potential Test and Why is it Used? BCG (Boston Consulting Group) potential test is an online test used in the first round of interviews. This test allows BCG to test candidates using the same test giving them a better comparison tool for evaluating candidate performance. What is the format of this [...]

In your career, there will be a few pivotal moments when you “sell” a big idea to someone else whose decision will become an inflection point in your career. You could be “selling” your boss on the idea of promoting you, choosing you to lead a high profile project, or taking on major new responsibilities. [...]

In every McKinsey engagement, there’s a moment when the senior client says to us, “Hmm… that’s interesting.” That is the moment when the client thinks to him or herself, “Okay, maybe the $1 million consulting fee was worth it.” You might be wondering what the McKinsey team says to the client that prompts that reaction. [...]

MBB is an abbreviation that stands for McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Bain & Company. It is an acronym used by candidates applying for jobs at what’s often considered the top 3 firms in the management consulting industry. M– McKinsey is the world leader in consulting prestige. It had $8.8B revenue in 2016 and 26,000 [...]

In reviewing the hundreds of thousands of emails I’ve received in the past 10 years, one of the most common questions I am asked is how much time is needed to prepare for a case interview and how to prepare when you don’t have much time. I want to address in this article the 2nd question of how [...]

One of the most common questions I am asked is how much time is needed to prepare for case interviews? My response is typically extensive preparation gives you an enormous advantage. The ratio is probably 15:1 or 20:1 in favor of the person who prepares a lot vs. someone who prepares little. Now for some people, [...]

A question I receive quite often is How to Practice Case Interviews Alone? I will be honest it is hard to practice case interviews on your own but not impossible. Most of my case interview prep was done by myself. I would typically get a copy of the latest Business Week which would report all the major [...]

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