Getting The Interview

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 [...]

One of the most common questions I am asked is how much time is needed to prepare for case interviews? My response is typically extensive preparation gives you an enormous advantage. The ratio is probably 15:1 or 20:1 in favor of the person who prepares a lot vs. someone who prepares little. Now for some people, [...]

A question I receive quite often is How to Practice Case Interviews Alone? I will be honest it is hard to practice case interviews on your own but not impossible. Most of my case interview prep was done by myself. I would typically get a copy of the latest Business Week which would report all the major [...]

When I was at Stanford, the most successful students were the smartest ones. Fast forward 10 to 20 years, and the most successful people I know aren’t the smartest people I know. However, they often are the most connected. They have many friends in positions of influence and power. This works both within a company [...]

When it comes to both your personal life and professional life, your peer group profoundly impacts… well, everything. Your peers influence whom you socialize with, who becomes members of your professional network, what socially-derived expectations you do or don’t have for yourself, and the filter by which you consider all life decisions. If you want [...]

Success Story: I just wanted to very briefly reach out, offer my thanks and let you know of my success with consulting recruiting in my final year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at [public research university]. I was exposed to your resources early this year as I was applying for consulting summer internships. I [...]

Question: I have recently become aware of your website and all the wonderful help that you offer . . . thank God!!! I have been following closely and have recently purchased LOMS. I now have an interview in a week’s time with one of the big four firms. It’s a miracle that I even got [...]

To succeed in business and your career, it helps for two things to be true: To be differentiated from the competition To be perceived to be differentiated from the competition Differentiation helps because it reduces the scope and intensity of direct competition. This is true when a business competes for customers, and in careers amongst [...]

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