recruiting process

BCG Coffee Chat

Question: I am a junior at [U.S. University] and through a connection I was able to secure a “coffee chat” with a BCG Associate. In the confirmation email, it says “No need to dress up – this is an opportunity for us to get to know each other in a casual setting.” I obviously don’t [...]

BCG Visiting Associate vs. Full Time Associate Offer

The following is an excerpt from a field report.  This reader received a full time offer from BCG following a three-month Visiting Associate (VA) role. Field Report: The second topic I would like to cover is finding yourself in a position of getting a VA offer instead of a full time Associate offer (not usual). [...]

Who Decides on Consulting Offers?

Question: Thank you for all your advice on the case interviews and hiring at top management consulting firms.  They are all incredibly helpful! I was wondering if you could elaborate on who makes the hiring decisions for the interviews?  Is it the interviewers or the HR recruiting manager? My Reply: Oh, it is definitely the [...]

Applying to Consulting Firms via a Headhunter

Question: Your website is truly fantastic and helpful for anyone wishing to join the Top 3 management consultancies. I just received my candidature rejected for an interview with Bain because according to them, I don’t have the right degrees. I have a Master’s in Public Administration degree from [major U.S. State University] and a Bachelor’s [...]

Low SAT Scores

Question: I’m starting to prepare now for the winter intern recruitment. I am a third year student at [non target school] with a good amount of professional experience and internships under my belt.  One of my primary concerns is my SAT math scores that I took in high school.  On one sitting, I received a [...]

Why Consulting Firms Hire Undergrads

Question: I would like to start by saying thank you for the resources you provide. They are very helpful and have made me much more effective at cases as well as other tasks that require similar skills. However as an undergraduate student working towards a B.COMM in a school that is considered a target school [...]

The Big Brand Name Employer

Question: I am a loyal subscriber of your emails and a big fan who also benefited a lot from your case interview materials. I have aimed to enter the consulting industry as my career goal, and I have tried it once with a emerging consultancy, I got the chance to do my second case, but [...]

Is There an Age Cut-Off for Consulting?

Question: I have been going through your website and am subscribed to your emails. I have a few questions that I hope you can help address. I went to a reputed business school after working for about a decade in the technology industry. I got through the case interview of a niche consulting firm, but [...]

When to Apply to Consulting Firms

Question: First of all, thank you for your work. It is great guidance to me. I reviewed all the FAQ’s and articles, but couldn’t find the answer to when somebody should apply. Do consulting firms have a certain seasonality in their recruiting process or can I send my resume in June, October or February, as [...]

Accenture Recruiting

Accenture recruiting is a non-stop process.  One of the core values of the world’s largest consulting firm is to constantly and aggressively seek out the very best people, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or orientation.   If you count yourself among the top in your field at your level of experience, boning up on [...]