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 [...]

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 [...]

This article is intended for those who have obtained an internship job offer from a strategy consulting firm. One of the goals nearly all interns have in an internship is to secure a full time job offer by the end of the internship. To assist you in this objective, it’s important to understand WHY consulting [...]

Feedback: First of all, thank you for your service that you are providing. The emails are for the most part very helpful, as is your website. However, I did just want to make one point. I find topics where new F1Ys give their “tips” on how to succeed a bit absurd. While I unfortunately haven’t [...]

Question: I am a final year student who is really passionate to work in the management consulting industry. I have really good university grades (first class expected) but my high school results are not very great. I know that most consulting firms have a higher benchmark [than the grades I received]. I seem to get [...]

Question: First off, I would like to thank you for all of your incredible resources that you offer on your site both for free and purchase. I attribute a large portion of my success to all of the knowledge that I have been fortunate enough to pick up from you – whether it was your [...]

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