life as a consultant

Your Reputation is Everything as a Consultant

In consulting, your personal reputation is everything. It is the one thing by which everything else in your career revolves around. Here is the thing with reputations. Once your reputation is set (whether it is good or it is bad), it is very hard to change. If you are seen favorably, more partners want you [...]

How to Keep Your Job as a Consultant

It is very difficult to get a job in consulting.  It takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and dedication — and ultimately only a few succeed. It stands to reason that putting some thought into keeping the job you just got would be the prudent thing to do. Fortunately, it is actually far easier [...]

The Skill of Extrapolation as a Consultant

  One of the most vital skills a new consultant can have once they’re on the job is the skill of extrapolation. This involves taking some data from a client and extrapolating the data to determine some kind of trend line. In consulting, the data is rarely perfect and never complete. You are always missing [...]

BCG Atlanta Offer

BCG Interview – Success Story I wanted to thank you for your guidance during the consulting interviewing process. The videos and notes on your website helped me immensely. The videos were especially useful in acing, what was for me at least, the most challenging part of case interviews: the presentation and stylistic elements of the case. [...]

Getting Clients to Implement Your Recommendations

A very advanced skill in consulting is presenting recommendations to clients in a way that increases the odds they will actually follow your recommendations. It has nothing to do with the logic of your analysis and everything to do with understanding people. If you want to be influential and effective, you will want to learn [...]

Intelligence vs. Wisdom as a Consultant

A common mistake made by new consultants is mistaking their intellect for wisdom. The two are not the same thing. The other common mistake is to assume that to be successful as CEO or operating executive, you just have to get the strategy right and the execution or implementation is comparatively easier. I use to [...]

McKinsey Up or Out Policy

Question: Thank you for providing so much quality online content!  I have a much better understanding of the case interview process now. I want to learn more about life as a consultant, and the common up-or-out policy at Big 3 firms. Can you tell us some more about the up-or-out policy at MBB? From previous [...]

Options for Post Consulting Careers

Question: First, let me tell you that LOMS has been of great help. It was interesting and very concise. Thanks to it, I was able to get an offer from BCG and Oliver Wyman. I really enjoyed meeting the consultants, but ultimately feel BCG is a better fit. In any case, I have a question [...]

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