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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 [...]

Question: I recently stumbled upon your website after considering pursuing a future in management consulting. I’m a medical student at the moment at a top 30 medical school, and I plan on finishing my MD in the next couple of years. I graduated with a biochemistry degree from the (Top 20 Univesity). To my knowledge, [...]

Question: Is it OK to ask for 1 minute to gather my thoughts before concluding? My Reply: Yes, absolutely this is okay. Keep in mind that in an interview situation, a 1 minute pause feels like 10 minutes to the interviewee (you in this case)? Just realize to the interviewer, it’s not a big deal. [...]

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