management consulting

Demonstrating Business Savvy in Case Interviews

Question: After rewatching your videos and reading the FAQ + additional resources I would like to ask you on some advice for the following. Usually, typical consultancy requirements are: analytical skills, communication skills, teamwork, attention to detail, numerical skills, drive, motivation, ability to synthesize, ability to structure a complex problem into small partial problems, and [...]

Practicing Quantitative Questions

Below is a list of tips and recommended resources to assist in practicing quantitative case interview questions. Standardized Testing Practice Books: Standardized test prep books have example quantitative questions I would suggest looking in GMAT, GRE preparation books – and specifically look for the section that’s most similar to these types of questions. GRE Prep [...]

Good Majors for Consulting

Question: I recently stumbled on your site and wanted to ask you some questions. I was wondering exactly what impact the major I choose as an undergrad will have on my ability to get consulting interviews.  I am a bioengineering major, and have a good GPA (greater than 3.8), as well as several good leadership positions.  [...]

The Airplane Test

Question: When I interviewed for banking internships in the past I noticed , whenever you don’t like the guys (you will feel in the first second) you will not pass the interview even though you are very qualified and answered everything correctly. Perhaps this is called the airport test. Please could you give advice how [...]

McKinsey APD / PhD CV Format for Consulting

McKinsey APD CV Question: I’ve struggled with how to edit my academic CV into a more digestible format. As you interviewed APD candidates, perhaps you have some guidance here. I’m of course interested in any rules of thumb on presenting the CV in general (i.e., do you recommend summary statement?). My Response: I did not [...]

McKinsey - Experienced Hire Recruiting

Question: I am looking for guidance on how the experienced hire recruiting process works, whether there has to be a specific opening in an area related to my experience for me to secure an interview and how I could improve my chances of getting an interview/offer. My Response: Unfortunately, I was never really involved in [...]

Moving from Boutique to Top 3 Firm

Question: I have a question regarding hiring people who already have a background in consulting. What are the chances of small-time boutique consulting firm alumni to apply successfully to a top tier firm? I’m pretty sure I could easily land a gig at some boutique consulting firms, there are LOTS of them where I live [...]

Cases for Partner-Level Hires vs Associates

Question: I am a Senior Manager at XYZ in [ABC Country] (equivalent to Manager at Bain and Associate Principal at McKinsey I think i.e. one level below partner) and have always been interested in working for Bain & Co and they have just started significant growth momentum in [ABC Country] bringing two new partners to [...]

Applying for Consulting Jobs Internationally

Question: I’d be interested to know how international experience or language skills are perceived in management consulting in the US. It seems to me (I may be wrong…) that there are relatively more foreigners in banking. I don’t know whether it’s the difference in nature of the work that favors diverse backgrounds, or is it [...]

How to Succeed as a Management Consultant

Question: I just got an offer from McKinsey. Any suggestions for how to do well at McKinsey? My Reply: Here are a few general rules of thumb: 1) You are hired for being analytical, you are promoted for being good with clients. 2) #1 reason a new Associate doesn’t make it, they’re an arrogant bastard, [...]

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