management consulting

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 [...]

BCG Offer Sao Paulo, Brazil

I’m from Brazil, and I was looking for a job in consulting. I had had a small internship at (Top 10 Consulting Firm), at the Strategy practice, but I was trying to get to a bigger firm (not in quantity, but in quality). After a lot of effort and study, I got accepted following my [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Practicing Quantitative Questions

Question: As a non, MBA I have spent several weeks practising case studies, and am feeling confident in most of the areas the firms are looking for. I am however struggling (time and time again) with the quantitive case study questions (speficically the mckinsey type i.e. 5-10 data elements and a ‘how much to do this’ [...]

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 [...]

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