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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. [...]

Question: Which framework should one use for the following case: Case question: “Due to quality issues, a cereal manufacturer had to recall $20 million worth of products. Management does not want the 20 million loss to show on their Profit and Loss statement. They have to save the money somehow. How would you approach this? [...]

Question: Victor, thank you for your case interview videos and advice – a very valuable and user-friendly service. You emphasize the importance of working on paper, and sharing the written work with the interviewer (and friends of mine at consulting firms have emphasized the same). I have a phone interview with BCG coming up in [...]

Question: My question is in regards to Monitor’s written case interview format. The candidate spends 15-30 mins reading 2/3 pages of text with graphs/tables about a business problem (I guess during this time the candidate CAN take notes but CANNOT ask the interviewer any clarifying questions), and then takes a series of questions from the [...]

Question: I’ve worked in the telecom industry for 11 years. I don’t have a MBA. Would getting an Executive MBA help in getting a case interview? My Reply: I can’t speak for all firms, but I have never met anyone in consulting at any firm that had an Executive MBA. Amongst the top firms, there’s [...]

Question: Thanks for all your help and guidance. I have seen your videos nearly 4 times now, and it was of great help for my case prep. However, I was dropped after Round 2 APD interviews. I have 2 questions that I would like you to shed some light on: 1.    The feedback I got [...]

Question: I have been following your blog at caseinterview.com and using your video for my case interview practice. You mentioned in a couple of posts that better consultants are those who are hyper-analytical/linear thinkers. Creative/lateral thinkers may make the person to communicate in a non-client-friendly way — hard to follow. I did exactly this in [...]

Question: I have an intelligence background (HUMINT), B.S. degree, and MBA/Finance from XXXXXX University.  I know my pedigree doesn’t lend toward McKinsey and the other top strategic consulting firms out there, but am very interested in getting into the commercial side of management consulting. I’m currently doing change management and strategic advisory for public sector [...]

Question: Right now I’m feeling like I don’t quite understand consulting… what do consultants think of themselves? What do clients expect out of consultants?.. For my junior level consultant friends, I know they were just involved in brainstorming, and did all the cold call, data mining and modeling and etc.. My Reply: The very first time [...]

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