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Question: I received 2 interviews with a case in each and I cracked both. Case 1 was a straight profits decline case and I found the cause and came up with recommendations to solve this in a structured logical MECE way. Case 2 was regarding to move a plant to Latin America and I calculated [...]

Question: I’d be interested to know how international experience or language skills are perceived in management consulting in the US. It seems to me (I may be wrong…) that there are relatively more foreigners in banking. I don’t know whether it’s the difference in nature of the work that favors diverse backgrounds, or is it [...]

Question: I have recently become interested in management consulting, and I realized that I’m at a disadvantaged position without an MBA degree. When I applied to grad schools, I did not realize that in the US, many companies (management consulting in this case) almost recruit exclusively from MBA or PhD programs, especially during economic downturns. [...]

Question: As I was flipping through your site and others I noticed there is not a lot of information out there on non-traditional hires, particularly J.D.s I have a BCG interview on Friday, and I was just wondering if the standards for hiring are the same as for M.B.As or if they understand there will [...]

Question: I just got an offer from McKinsey. Any suggestions for how to do well at McKinsey? My Reply: Here are a few general rules of thumb: 1) You are hired for being analytical, you are promoted for being good with clients. 2) #1 reason a new Associate doesn’t make it, they’re an arrogant bastard, [...]

Questions: How long does a typical consulting project take? How are tasks divided up between team members? How does the actual team process work? My Reply: A consulting project will typically take 1 – 6 months depending on the complexity of the problems being addressed. A fairly typical engagement team size at McKinsey was 1 [...]

Questions: How different is the actual consulting process from a case interview? (I mean to ask you that, in a case interview candidates are given cases and are expected to provide solutions based on facts and data. But, in a real life business problem how do consultants deal with such problems.) My Reply: The case [...]

Question: I have been looking through your website very attentively over the past few days because I might be fortunate enough to have an upcoming first round interview with BCG. I am extremely interested in pursuing a career in management consulting; a lot of friends and family are either currently consultants or have been consultants [...]

Question: I am inquiring about what age you think any of the large consulting firms would deem too old to interview a potential candidate. I am a 39 year old physician that works in a small practice as an anesthesiologist. My business experience is limited, however I am a part owner of our 28 employee [...]

Question: Hi! Thanks for the videos, it’s really opened my eyes to what’s expected of you in case interviews!! Actually, i am totally new to the idea of this kind of consulting, and really, just incredibly excited about the prospect!! There is something about this career that makes me just think – I KNOW i [...]

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