management consulting case interview

Second Tier Consulting Firm Offers, But Not Top Three

Question: I hope you are doing well. I have a quick question for you. I can’t seem to get through my interviews with the Top 3 consulting firms. I have gone through a number of case interviews now, and have successfully gotten a few second tier consulting firm offers, and offers from boutique firms, ATK, [...]

More on Networking to Get a Consulting Interview

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] [...]

Networking Tips for Securing an Interview

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 [...]

Salary Expectations for a Consulting Job

Question: I am fan of your mails these days since I registered.  I would like to inform you that I received an email from a consulting firm showing interest in my application. I am now asked for my salary expectations. I have been surveying online but would like to seek your opinion regarding this. Based [...]

Applying the 80/20 Rule in Case Interviews

Question: I purchased your Look Over My Shoulder® program and find it really helps me a lot to prepare for my case interviews. However, listening to all the cases I stumbled upon an inconsistency that confuses me a bit. In the one of the cases the candidate X’s out “Cost” as an area to look [...]

What Interviewers Notice in a Consulting Case Interview

Question: So I wanted to ask you – in terms of how one presents oneself and the mental approach to interviews, what is it you looked for in candidates during your time at McKinsey? My Reply: Case performance aside, I typically found it reassuring when I found someone who was good at the cases and [...]

What to do about Your Case Interview Mistakes

Question: I had a case interview today that was extremely difficult and went terribly. I went to [top school], but you would have thought I’ve never passed 8th grade math after the ridiculous problems I had. I think there still might be a small chance of getting a 3rd Round, as I did all right [...]

Why Multiple Interviews in the Same Day?

Question: Thank you for the emails you have been sending me, I find them very useful and full of insights. I an MBA graduate and I have just been invited to an interview with a boutique firm. I am a bit surprised that they have scheduled me for two consecutive interviews in the same day: [...]

The Value of Case Interview Performance

Question: Regarding the decision process for an interviewer (the decision to move a candidate to second round or to give the candidate an offer) in a case study interview — Is it solely based on your performance in the interview, or does the firm, in addition to your performance in the interview, also reconsider your [...]

McKinsey Case Interview Preparation

Question: I have a question pertaining to second chance interviews and case interview preparation. I interviewed with McKinsey for the second round and did not make it past that. I’m a Ph.D. and I did not have enough time to practice cases, and that showed at the day of the interview. I did learn a lot [...]