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The ideal management consulting applicant would be Star Trek’s character “Spock”–but with people skills. The ideal consultant needs to by hyper analytical and logical. This is not to say that being an intutitive business decision maker is a bad thing (think Apple’s Steve Jobs, or Richard Branson) in life or in business. But, it is [...]

Question: I understand that McKinsey has an “offer rate” (% of applicants that are offered positions) of somewhat under 1%. In addition, I understand that the application process has three hurdles: getting the first interview, getting the second, and getting an offer. Can you give us a feel for the average applicant success rate at [...]

Question: I’ve found your site really useful in helping to prepare for interviews. I was wondering if you could give me an idea of what interviewers are looking for when they ask you where you see yourself in x number of years from now. I’ve heard that question comes up a lot, but I really [...]

Question: Thanks for taking the time and effort to set up these resources for aspiring consultants! I wish I’d found the videos before! Anyway, I noticed you mentioned interviewing APD (applicants with PhD degrees) aspirants a number of times. I was wondering, in your experience, what sets apart successful APD candidates? What does McKinsey look [...]

I receive a lot of emails asking me questions about consulting and the case interview process. For awhile, I attempted to reply to each email personally and then included the more interesting questions in my case interview email newsletter. But, the email volume has finally overwhelmed my ability to respond to each question individually. While [...]

Hi my name is Victor Cheng and I recently published a case interview guide consisting of tools, frameworks and videos related to the case interview process at the major consulting firms. If you are looking for jobs in management consulting with firms like McKinsey, Bain, and Boston Consulting Group, you will need to familiarize yourself [...]

Question: Today I had 3 cases 1) profits decline cause + strategies in an insurance company 2) factory shutdown or continue in utilities 3) Increase profitability of a private bank I spend like 5 minutes in the beginning of the case to know a bit more about the background such as Internal issues (company, product), [...]

Question 1: In your videos you recommended to start broad. I noticed you always apply the 3CP: consumer, company, competition, products and you mentioned in the videos that many ways lead to the case ‘solution’ but you prefer to start with the consumers. Do interviewers actually care about the framework? Response 1: I think most [...]

Exploding Job Offer Question: I received my first strategy consulting offer with (Name of Top 10 Firm Withheld). What is your view about this? They gave me 2 weeks to decide on this exploding offer, I have other interviews lined up as well. I was wondering, you mentioned you had many offers with the leading [...]

Question:  In one of my cases, the interviewer used industry specific metrics like sales per square foot in a retail case. What are some common metrics that I would need to be familiar with? Response I wouldn’t worry about this too much. There are too many industries and too many metrics to spend time familiarizing [...]

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