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 [...]

One of the skills that’s being tested during a case interview is something I call data sufficiency. Basically, you have a bunch of data and the question is do you have ENOUGH data to make a particular conclusion. This is certainly something that is tested during a live, in-person, face-to-face case interview. It is also [...]

When most people hear the words “corporate politics,” it’s usually perceived as a negative. I don’t think this is the right way to think of politics. It doesn’t matter if corporate politics is good or bad. What matters is that regardless of your view on it, it exists and must be managed in order for [...]

When I started at Stanford, I thought I wanted to major in Economics or Psychology. I took classes in both. The premise of economics is that people are rational. The premise of psychology is that people are not rational. I remember wondering… which field is right?!? It took me a decade later to come to [...]

One of the biggest revelations I’ve learned about relationships (professional and personal), I picked up years ago from McKinsey. It was such a simple yet transformative concept. Here’s the story. At McKinsey, when I worked with a new client, I would conduct a round of initial introductory meetings with each member of the executive team. [...]

All communication has three components: The words you say; The tone of voice (e.g., vocal inflections, cadence, pitch, speed, pauses); Your body language (e.g., facial expression, cross of arms or legs, posture, eye movements, breathing patterns). In general, for very simple interaction with no emotional significance between two people, most people communicate literally. That is, [...]

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