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 [...]

Question: Thank you for all your advice on the case interviews and hiring at top management consulting firms.  They are all incredibly helpful! I was wondering if you could elaborate on who makes the hiring decisions for the interviews?  Is it the interviewers or the HR recruiting manager? My Reply: Oh, it is definitely the [...]

To ace the case interview, it’s important to understand what the interviewer is looking for in candidates and to be able to demonstrate those skills under the pressure of a real interview. As a former McKinsey case interviewer, I find that most candidates fail to ace the case due to one of two reasons – [...]

Question: Cosentino’s book has a brief but thoughtful section on international students which centers around communication skills. I’m an American citizen but grew up in a South American country. I immigrated to the U.S. when I was 17 and still have an accent, though mild, after 10 years. My English grammar and vocab is well [...]

One of the concepts taught in business schools around the world is the concept of competitive advantage. While the term is well known, I find very few people actually grasp the implications of this extremely important concept. It applies not only to how you serve clients as a consultant, but also how you manage your [...]

Question: Your website is truly fantastic and helpful for anyone wishing to join the Top 3 management consultancies. I just received my candidature rejected for an interview with Bain because according to them, I don’t have the right degrees. I have a Master’s in Public Administration degree from [major U.S. State University] and a Bachelor’s [...]

Question: I stumbled upon your site via a local headhunter’s interview brief – fascinating trove of information in a world that I’ve touched but not lived in – a.k.a. management consulting.  On the other hand, I’ve been a general manager/head of operations for some highly specialized technology companies.   So this smallish consulting firm is [...]

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