consulting case interview

As a former McKinsey resume screener, I’ve read a lot of consulting cover letters for consulting roles of all types. Most applicants severely under-estimate the importance of the cover letter and end up paying more attention to the consulting resume/CV than they do the cover letter. I would argue the effort allocation should be reversed [...]

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 [...]

Question: When interviewing with companies like McKinsey, how formal should we be with dress? Is there a limit on how formal i.e if a pocket square, etc. is appropriate? Or standard suit, tie and briefcase?   My Reply: When it comes to dress code in consulting, it is important to keep in mind that how [...]

Question: First of all, happy new year! I’ve been spending most of this winter break working on consulting applications, and your blog and website have been most helpful. I came by an entry you did on consulting cover letters which was enlightening, and I was wondering if you have an opinion on presenting an “angle” [...]

Question: Thanks for the wonderful materials on your site. They are undoubtedly the most useful case interview preparation resource I have come across. I will be purchasing your LOMS program shortly too. I wanted your guidance regarding networking. I am a final year undergrad student and have a strategy consultancy called the [Top 15 Firm] [...]

Question: I am currently a sophomore at a top-tier Canadian business school, and I’m deeply interested in pursuing a career in management consulting. Summer internships at the Big 3 won’t be starting until the summer after next, so I am really trying my best to get a head start on case interviews and prep as [...]

Question: Thank you for creating the Case Interview Secrets videos and Look Over My Shoulder® program. It is the most practical and intuitive resource on the market, in my opinion. My question is related to note taking during the interview. What I am struggling with is keeping up with the interviewer, and still trying to [...]

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