Consulting

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 [...]

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 [...]

Question: Thank you for your regular emails, they are extremely helpful and I only wish I knew about your site earlier. I learned about it only one month before my interviews, where I should have been heeding your advice one year before. I am not doing an MBA program, but I attend the top masters [...]

Question: Thank you for support that you provide to us via web site and e-mail. I am working in a big international company in the audit department [Big Four accountancy firm], but I would like to continue my future career as a management consultant. Can you advise me of the approach I should use to [...]

If you have been following the news, the death of Steve Jobs has been everywhere. Steve Jobs had an unusually big impact of my life and my parents’ lives. You see my parents started one of the very first Apple dealers in my hometown of San Diego, California. In 1977, Jobs co-invented the first mass [...]

The following are some of the more popular books on case interviews. I’ve assembled them in one place for those interested in getting a variety of perspectives on the case interview. Case Interview Secrets by Victor Cheng Case in Point by Marc Cosentino How to Get into the Top Consulting Firms by T. Darling Hacking [...]

Question: Are Consulting Firms Hiring Less Due to Economy? I wanted to get your opinion and insight on this: Do you feel that consulting firms, especially the Big 3 and Booz & Co., will be cutting back on the number of undergraduates they hire for full-time consulting positions in the upcoming Fall 2011 recruiting cycle, considering the [...]

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