The following is a field report from a F1Y who recently passed the Deloitte Consulting Interview and is passing along some tips.
Here is the short and sweet version of my story (longer version below):
- Doctoral student applies for McKinsey APD -- rejected
- Decides to be a "good" PhD and consider academia
- Two years later, decides being a consultant is a "great" PhD decision
- Networks, networks, networks after missing most campus recruiting deadlines
- Applies to firms online, sends more cover letters with every rejection
- Rejected from all 10 applications submitted online. This is the motivation for what happens next:
- Studies everything in print about management consulting once finding out Deloitte is still recruiting on campus
- Finds your website one week before back to back case interviews
- Digests and absorbs your breakdown of the "how and why" behind your directives
- Uses this information to survive the case interviews
- Has accepted an offer with Deloitte
- Will be switching to your listserve for new consultants!
I'd always thought of becoming a consultant, but wasn't really sure of how to make the switch. I applied to McKinsey's APD program while working on my doctorate, but was not accepted. I forgot about firm ambitions, and started focusing on academia. Fast forward two years, I now spent a lot of time thinking about starting my own firm and building from the ground up.
Eventually, I started talking to my network about my interests, and decided to pursue work with a major firm. The recruiting season came at a very busy time for me. I'd missed most of the campus recruiting windows for major firms. I started out applying to two firms online. Whenever one would reject me, I'd send another two or three out. I eventually got up to 10 applications (which garnered 10 rejections or non-responses).
However, when Deloitte came to campus, I attended a case study workshop and sent my resume in. Since I'd been rejected from the other 10 firms, I knew to take this opportunity seriously. I lived and breathed case study interview preparation articles, books, websites, and whatever I could get my hands on, practicing by myself (I would later find out about groups for PhD students interested in consulting -- useful for this purpose!!). I found your site, literally a week or so before my case study interview. I read and dissected any information I could glean from your website and emails. The difference about your resources is that you teach the purpose behind every directive. While I couldn't digest every framework, I was able to absorb the "how and why" of your approach. I truly can point to specific pieces of advice you gave that saved me in my case interviews (bottom line: does the manner in which you address this question/problem demonstrate that can you be trusted with the client?).
A dizzying few months later, I am astounded to say that I will be starting my career with Deloitte. I'm so happy to hear that you are starting a listserve for first year consultants, as I've continued to read your emails every day... believing they would help me to become a better consultant.
What wonderful news! Congratulations and thank for taking the time to share your story with me. I must say, lots of drama. 🙂