Consulting

Consulting is a very competitive field, with most firms receiving tens of thousands of applicants each year. Regardless of one’s natural intellect and career qualifications, I continue to be amazed by the number of emails I receive from people who put in only one or two days of preparation, got rejected and are surprised by [...]

Below is a field report from a reader of mine who recently started working at BCG after a year at a Big 4 Accounting Firm. Here’s my comparison of consulting in a Big 4 Accounting firm and at BCG (note from Victor while this readers experience is specific to BCG it can apply to McKinsey [...]

Sometimes, when struggling through yet another case interview practice, candidates might wonder: “Why consulting again?” Indeed, many other job opportunities have straightforward interviewing and hiring processes that don’t require hours of practice and coaching. Below is a recap of four key reasons management consulting provides a truly differentiated career opportunity. Generally, as the higher the prestige [...]

Spanning across private and public sectors, management consultants help businesses solve complex problems. They take a structured approach towards understanding and addressing common challenges that a company might face. Putting the entire profession into one sentence is difficult because consultants work on a wide range of problems. Their aim is to provide effective solutions that [...]

  Management Consulting is the business of analyzing and offering solutions to complex problems within an organization. This is a valuable service because consultants can offer an outside, unbiased perspective to the problem and devote their full attention to solving it. In today’s competitive business environment, many companies are looking for unique ways to grow [...]

The #1 reason new McKinsey consultants get fired is what I call the firm’s “kiss of death.” What offense could be so egregious to warrant being fired? It occurs when it’s been determined that you’re… “Uncoachable.” Huh? The McKinsey culture involves others giving you a lot of feedback on how to improve your performance. It [...]

The U.S. Supreme Court just made a major decision to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry throughout the country. It is pretty big news here in the U.S. Most people I know personally are pretty happy and celebrating. Some are really disappointed. What’s no longer up for dispute is that gay marriages will now [...]

When consulting firms offer you an internship, they are more or less hiring you for a full time job, but with a 90-day trial period. So on Day 1 of your internship, for all practical purposes you essentially start with a full time job offer in hand. The goal of the internship is to not [...]

Most people with 12-week consulting internships hope to impresses their employers during this time to earn a full time job offer. The assumption tends to be that all 12 weeks of the internship count equally towards the decision on whether or not to extend you a full time job offer. At a practical level, this [...]

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