case interview preparation

No Substitute for Hard Work

This field report comes from an F1Y who had abandoned the idea of consulting after failure in the case interview process, but then decided to pursue it as a career option a second time and succeeded. Success Story: Hope you are well. First let me start by saying thank you for dedicating your time to [...]

Non-Target School Applicant for Management Consulting Job

I get a lot of emails from CIBs coming out of non-target schools that ask how they can secure an interview without having a top University on their resumes. I’ve assembled a list of articles I’ve posted regarding this topic, with very useful suggestions from other candidates and my thoughts, to help you succeed if [...]

Case Interview Prep Methods

Question: I just wanted to inform you that I followed your approach to networking with consultants at the top consultancy firms (MBB). I had many meetings and spoke to several Partners at the firms in person after using social media to get in contact with them. At one meeting (just three weeks ago), my informational [...]

Multiple Final Rounds, But No Offer

Question: I appreciate all of your insight – I’ve subscribed to your updates for about a year, but didn’t start until after B-school. My experiences have been frustrating in the process of trying to gain a foothold in consulting; I’ve had multiple interviews, including two final round on-site sessions, and cannot seem to move past [...]

Case Interview Prep in Two Months

Question: I need your advice, I know your website is very detailed and I can find whatever I want. But I want to address you directly my situation.  I have an interview in 2 months with McKinsey, which is a good thing. The problem is I had rejections from BCG, Bain and Booz and I [...]

Case in Point

Question: Victor, first, thank you so much for the resources you’ve provided.  I have watched your lectures twice and memorized your frameworks, and I feel like they are very helpful. My question pertains to differences between what I’ve seen from your approach and that put forth in Case in Point.  Specifically, when reading through the [...]

Consulting Interview

When improving your consulting interview performance, it can help to get back to the fundamentals. Legendary basketball coach John Wooden was famous for telling his players in during their first practice, “Gentleman, this is a basketball.” Clearly, these top-notch college players already knew they were looking at a basketball. The point was that by returning [...]

Hypothesis Statement in Interviewer-Led Interviews

Question: Quick question: when is the best time to do the synthesis + hypothesis combination in interviewer-led interviews? I know that you would normally do it after closing each branch/moving to the next framework in candidate-led cases, but what about the interviewer-led cases? Do you do it before each new question is asked? After? At [...]

Deloitte Consulting Interview Tips

The following is a field report from a F1Y who recently passed the Deloitte Consulting Interview and is passing along some tips. Field Report: 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 [...]

Management Consulting Interview Stress

The following field report is from a recently hire Bain intern who wanted to pass along some advice to others still in the recruiting process. He secured the internship from a non-target school and had an interesting perspective on what it takes to be successful. Field Report: I have been waiting for this moment for [...]

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