Lately, a number of CIBs and F1Ys have been asking me about what books I read. One of the very first business / success books I read was in 1990. (And yes, I realize this is before some of my readers were born…) At the time, it was a brand new book titled: The 7 [...]

What do McKinsey, BCG, and Bain all have in common? Other than being the employer of choice for hundreds of thousands of CIBs, they are also strategy consulting firms. It’s their focus on strategy that separates them from KPMG (operations and finance), Accenture (IT consulting primarily) and numerous other firms. Given this focus on strategy [...]

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 consulting provides a truly differentiated career opportunity. Generally, as the higher the prestige [...]

While it sometimes seems that everyone wants to get into McKinsey, it’s worth noting that there are a number of top consulting firms that can give a career a real boost. While McKinsey, Bain, or BCG will probably provide the most powerful resume augmentation, every one of the 25 top consulting firms carries a blend of size and prestige that [...]

Question: Victor, first, thank you so much for the resources you’ve provided.  I have watched your lectures twice and memorized your frameworks, and I feel like they are very helpful. My question pertains to differences between what I’ve seen from your approach and that put forth in Case in Point.  Specifically, when reading through the [...]

Question: Recently I interviewed with McKinsey and Bain in Eastern Europe, got to the final rounds at both but did not get an offer. Especially getting rejected at Bain was devastating as it would be my dream company because of the cultural fit. My Bain interviewers encouraged me to get some more business experience, practise and reapply in 6 [...]

Question: I came across your website and was wondering about Strategy vs. Operations consulting. It seems Strategy is more about growing the company whereas Operations is about making the company more efficient. Would you say that Strategy Consulting is harder to get into/ more prestigious than Operations? Are similar skill sets needed in both? My Reply: [...]

Consulting interview questions (also called “case interview” questions) differ dramatically from traditional interview questions. In a traditional or behavioral interview, the interviewer will ask questions that tend to begin with “tell me about a time.” For example: “Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a teammate and what you did to resolve [...]

When improving your consulting interview performance, it can help to get back to the fundamentals. Legendary basketball coach John Wooden was famous for telling his players in during their first practice, “Gentleman, this is a basketball.” Clearly, these top-notch college players already knew they were looking at a basketball. The point was that by returning [...]

The following field report is from a recently hire Bain intern who wanted to pass along some advice to others still in the recruiting process. He secured the internship from a non-target school and had an interesting perspective on what it takes to be successful. Field Report: I have been waiting for this moment for [...]

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