Networking

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 [...]

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 [...]

I am often asked by readers if networking will really help them obtain a consulting interview or if it could affect them negatively. My response is networking, if done properly, is never taken as a negative. I suggest you network with anyone within a management consulting firm regardless of whether they are involved in recruiting or consulting [...]

A question I get quite often is how do you network your way into a consulting firm interview when you don’t know anyone who works in a consulting firm? When I first started networking, I did not know anyone who worked in consulting either. In fact, it is not necessary to know someone who works in a [...]

Reader Success Story: I am an avid reader of your emails. Reading your email,forms a mandatory part of my reading list, which also includes Business Week, Economist, FT, Wall Street Journal, and the Quran. I wanted to send you a quick note on how I have been able to secure a McKinsey interview, despite not knowing [...]

I just want to send you a thank you e-mail, as I heavily relied on your preparation sources throughout my interviewing journey. I interviewed last autumn for a post-MBA/PhD position at the top firms in Germany. I applied to nine firms, and I had networked heavily with the four major players here in Germany, which are McKinsey, [...]

Video Tutorial on Networking from a World-Class Networker Important: If you are serious about long-term career success in any field, the video above should be considered mandatory viewing. The video above is hands down the best tutorial I’ve ever seen on networking. I wish I saw it years ago as I would have managed my [...]

When I left McKinsey to start my own company, a number of my McKinsey friends also left to do the same. My two back-to-back startup attempts failed. A number of my McKinsey friends’ startups succeeded, in some cases wildly so (one of them was StubHub). For the first time in my career (and actually life), [...]

A few days ago, I was in Manhattan taking a seminar on screenplay writing. During my time there, I had one night where I didn’t have any plans or commitments. As an experiment, I invited a few dozen CIBs, 1Y, 2Y to a last-minute, impromptu Q & A session in the lobby of my hotel. [...]

The following is a letter I received from a F1Y who took a calculated path and persisted, despite many setbacks, to reach the ultimate goal of a full time consulting position. This story highlights specific actions the F1Y took to be successful, and is an important read for anyone pursuing this same goal. Success Story: [...]

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