Consulting

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: 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: 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: 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: Hi. I have a questions for you. I am currently in the process of interviewing with McKinsey. I am enjoying studying the case questions and am excited about the prospect of potentially working at McKinsey, but was made concerned by a comment that you made in your Harvard lecture videos. You stated that people [...]

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