Following is a success story from a new Roland Berger consultant.
This quick mail to thank you up for your material. I've just got an offer from Roland Berger in Paris (and unfortunately got rejected at McKinsey at the last round).
On this experience I can say that I've found your advice 99% right: I've been rejected for giving the right answer with the right structure, but being a bit messy in my communication - actually I am VERY intuitive so usually I know the answer quite early in the case (it was actually the case during all my rounds at OW, McK, Bain, BCG, RB...) but the very last case was ambiguous enough to let the partner see that my answer did not come from my analysis!
I think that I needed maybe 2 days more of work to get it. This validates your point!
My 1% off is due to a simple thing: I don't find interviewer-led cases are easier for everybody. Actually it's harder to fake because don't have time to prepare your game! Therefore it's easier for people who DO fit - and quite hard for the others. All in all, quite selective and efficient from the firm's side, hence requiring way more work from people who are less talented in this regard.
So I'm a consultant now! Thank you again for your work which was really valuable!
Congratulations on the Roland Berger offer and thanks for sharing your insights on the process. It adds a nuance that I hadn't considered before.
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