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  • Cosmin Leonte Feb 29, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Dear Victor,

    My name is Cosmin Leonte and I currently not working in management consulting but that is my goal. I work for Unilever Netherlands.
    Through your materials I have learned more than reading any books or guides. Yes, I might not be working in consulting yet, but I practice and apply your tips and hints everyday, not to mention the skills that are required in the industry.
    I gather and I make notes on most of the things you say and people started noticing. I have more structure in my approaches at my current work place and friends told me I should be working in the industry. The way you structure your ideas and present techniques are things that I take away.
    Victor teaches a partner or high ranked way of thinking. Thanks to Victor I am able to structure and infer ideas that are not common at people at my age and rank.
    Victor tells you to act and present like a consultant. Though my work is a little different from a consultant’s, I receive praises for being concise in my communication both verbal and written.
    What I learned from Victor the most is that you have to like what you do, and I like doing this. I am challenged by having mock interviews and by the possibility of joining the industry.

    I have made so much progress without discussing with you so I can only think that the opportunity to be your trainee would only propel my development.

    Thank you very much!

    Cosmin Leonte

  • Dan Grünstein Feb 29, 2012, 11:11 am

    Dear Victor,

    If you click on the link below you will be able to see my VIDEO testimonial.

    I prepared also a TRANSCRIPT version.

    Have a nice day.

    Best regards.

    Dan Grünstein

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    VIDEO

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igcrIG7cxRQ

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    TRANSCRIPT

    Dear Victor Cheng,

    I would like to THANK you for the help you provided to me in my recruiting process and beyond that but also to TESTIFY that your material really helps in various fields. The acknowledgment part is important since it provides the key points of WHAT I have learned through your material and personality. Then, the testimonial actually shows HOW it has worked for me.

    *-*-*-*-*

    There are 3 dimensions that were impacted during my preparation. I identified them and I would like to acknowledge EACH of these.

    CASE-LEVEL
    As a PhD student in chemistry, I was not familiar at all with the overall approach of a case interview as opposed to other candidates (i.e. with MBA background) that are usually aware of the general process. This gave me the opportunity to be the most COMPLETE TARGET (receptor) among the customers segments [;-)] of your teaching since I took benefits from EACH 3 LAYERS of the learning process that you shared with us via your different materials.

    Firstly, you FAMILIARIZED me with the CONCEPT of a case interview. Initially, you introduced me to case interview BASICS and MINDSET. Then, your FRAMEWORKS helped me to get more SENSE of how to match the RIGHT problem solving approach (structure) to the case. You showed me the relevancy of being both QUALITATIVE and QUANTITATIVE. – Thank you for that!

    The second part was the INTERNALIZATION via learning on a deeper level. In this respect, your method (i.e. LOMS and daily e-mails) helped me to be ACTIVE in the learning process. This is very relevant, since it enabled me to be conscious of the HABITS that I needed to incorporate but also it helped me to BUILD those habits in order to develop a CONSISTENCY in my THINKING (structure analysis) and COMMUNICATION skills (phrasing). – Thank you for that!

    Finally, you helped me to make the DIFFERENCE with other candidates. The automatism mechanisms that I developed following your method allowed me to devote my brain to CREATIVITY and CRITICAL THINKING (out of the box), and my body to ENERGY and STRESS CONTROL during the interview. These values are extremely significant during the case interview. The nuances of your INSIGHTFUL comments forged me these particular ABILITIES that participate clearly to INTELLIGENCE development and improvement. – Thank you for that!

    GENERAL-LEVEL
    Victor, the 3-step process I just described is drastically important. Indeed, all together it conveyed a PERLOCUTIONARY act mainly on 2 levels.

    CASE-SITUATION adaptation: Through your teaching material, I developed very specific skills. I have learned WHY and HOW being HYPOTHESIS-DRIVEN. This ability is the main driver that really CONDUCTS all type of case analysis. The hypothesis is the starting point of the THINKING and the DATA-DRIVEN approach shapes that THINKING. Moreover, if I know WHEN to apply and HOW to adapt the STRUCTURE and the PHRASING, then each specific situation can be aced. You helped me to understand this and apply this for my case interviews. – Thank you for that!

    LIFE-SITUATION adaptation: I do think that this specific METHODOLOGY applies in REAL LIFE as well. You conveyed to me your RATIONALE and the ANALOGY with HOW to solve daily issues with a third party, organize my argumentation, and communicate it became obvious. – Thank you for that!

    HUMAN-LEVEL
    The last level of impact of your programs is strongly linked with PSYCHOLOGY. And there are 2 additional life lessons I took from you.

    Your personality and web-site policy (i.e. refund policy) contribute to the learning as well. One can learn from your FAIRNESS and HONESTY. You deliver a message but you deliver it in a RIGHT and NICE way. This favors the TRANSMISSION but also can be taken as a MORAL lesson. – Thank you for that!

    The last point I would like to mention is about your advices to OVERCOME rejection or pressure. This is important because you prepare people to the REALITY and how to MANAGE the EMOTIONS. This can be taken as life lesson as well! – Thank you for that!

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    I am here to factually SUPPORT that what you teach actually WORKS.

    It works on the CASE-LEVEL because I am getting on a FINAL ROUND at Mc Kinsey in Switzerland. The feedback of my interviewers – I had 3 interviews – were: “We liked your CREATIVITY and ENERGY”. It meant to me that I was developing that DIFFERENCE interviewers look for (third dimension). After familiarization and internalization, I was just enough stressed to convey my CREATIVITY and ENERGY to the interviewer.

    It works on a more GENERAL-LEVEL daily with my colleagues at work – I am still working for my thesis. I am applying the CONCEPTS I have learned with you to DEVELOP my research and ANALYZE my results. It impacted discussions with friends as well. In fact, the QUALITY of discussions I have around politic, science, or economy improved with your orientations upon PRACTISING of your method.

    After all, the interview process is a function of 2 variables: the CANDIDATE and the INTERVIEWER. We can meet all kind of interviewers. Your life lessons really HELPED to be at ease with everyone.

    Thank you for EVERYTHING.

    Dan Grünstein

  • Puttipath Tasnavites Feb 29, 2012, 5:25 am

    Dear Victor
    My name is Puttipath Tasnavites from Thailand. Without all your help with the LOMS program, I would never be able to receive an offer from BCG. Your LOMS has improve my ability to look at the problem in a structure way and also to find the solution in the best way possible which really differentiate me from other candidates. All the tips you gave are what make the difference between getting an offer and doesnt.

    Thank you so so much.
    Sincerely,
    Puttipath Tasnavites

  • Mihnea Munteanu Feb 29, 2012, 3:21 am

    BTW – Rough Transcript for testimonial

    Hello my name is Mihnea Munteanu, and I’m from McKinsey & Company Chicago. I’m here to share with you my experience with Victor Cheng.
    In a very short period of time, I went from literally not knowing anything about consulting, coming from a undergrad major that doesn’t often partake in the consulting route to securing job offers with the two top firms in the industry. Victor helps you get a fundamental understanding of what consultants do and the skills needed to succeed in it. Victor emphasized structured thinking, structured communication, and team work. These skills are really the ones that are tested during the case inteview, they’re the ones I use on a day to day basis at McKinsey. What Victor does a bit differently from the competition is that he really focuses on unveiling why and how the interviewer is looking for these skills, and then he demonstrates how you can best show these skills on interview day. For example Victor emphasizes that you really need to communicate your logic outloud during the case. The case interviewers look for this because on the job we do this every day and Victor appropriately puts a lot of emphasis on this aspect. I got a lot of feedback after I was hired at McKinsey that I had done a really great on doing this the case. Even though I had always been great at communicating my thoughts, if Victor hadn’t highlighted this for me as important skill, I probably wouldn’t have focused on showcasing it during the case as much. I think an aspect that really made a difference in me securing multiple offers was the emphasis and the technique Victor put around giving the conclusion to the case. I had a really tough case in one of my interviews where we were jumping around so many different aspects – suddenly I had to tie them all in together. Because I had practiced formulating my conclusions in the way Victor suggested, according to the interviewers, I was the only one to fully beat that case in the entire interview process, at least up until that point. Clearly Victor’s advice was incredibly powerful resource that really helped me structure the conclusion in a concise way I just want to end this by saying that I really would recommend Victor’s advice during the interview process as I’ve seen that they are consistently very high quality resources and they’ve helped me a lot.

    Thanks,

    Mihnea Munteanu

  • Marine Feb 29, 2012, 12:41 am

    Dear Victor,

    As I was looking to transition from banking into consulting, my past experience and network helped me secure interviews with most of the big consulting firms. But as I discovered after my first interview with Oliver Wyman Finance, this was clearly not enough to get an offer.

    I tried many of the books and training options for case study available online, went through pages of GMAT exercises, asked consultant friends to give me mock case interviews. Everything made sense, I felt comfortable, and yet I still just got to the final round of McKinsey. I was good, but something was missing.

    And then I discovered Caseinterview and LOMS. It was a complete breakthrough. Listening to your cases for hours on end, replaying the great pyramid principles, the mistakes, your corrections, just cleared my mind and organised my thoughts. For one month I spent about 5 to 6 hours a day listening LOMS, while continuing some of the side training and reviewing your case interview secrets. The frameworks and case analytics eventually just became a part of who I was, and I could hear your advice in my head as I solved new cases. From then on I went on nailing every case interview I got with BCG, AT Kearney and Monitor.

    I have been an incredibly happy Senior Consultant at Monitor in London for the past 6 months, and I owe much of this happiness and success to LOMS training. Your advice and tools unlocked my potential and gave me a consultant mindset.
    Thank you.
    M. Serres

  • Suo Feb 28, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Apologies, last name for the above.

  • Daniel Feb 28, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Hi Victor,

    I wrote to you a few months ago thanking you for your help when I received an offer from McKinsey’s Stamford office, but kept it short since as great as gratitude is, long emails are not. As I said then, I consume an unhealthy amount of self-help/improvement/whatever materials and yours are the best (in any category). It is extremely specific and very reflective of reality, turning the unnatural [case] interview setting into a natural one. Now that you’ve given me permission to bombard you, I’m thrilled to help you produce more excellent materials in any way I can, even if I’m just providing a single data point!

    Wish you much success and can’t wait for your future materials.

    Many, many thanks,
    Daniel

    ————————————————————

    Background

    I was a recent Harvard undergraduate. During school, I became fascinated by the great ideas in business, psychology, and their growing intersection–what makes certain people or institutions successful and others not? While the current focus of management consulting was (and is still) less about psychology, I really believed that I would find the experience incredibly invigorating and could even someday help lead the new revolutions in business thinking (e.g., MIX). Full steam ahead.

    Attempt #1 – Failure (Drowning in Information)

    In school, I was a top performer and excellent presenter. I also had significant experience effectively leading large groups of people. And if there was ever an ocean to be boiled, I vaporized it, going through every possible nugget of information on case interviews (including your Case Interview Secrets, which were the most helpful), practicing more than anyone else I knew. However, I failed every one of McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Oliver Wyman, Monitor, Booz, and probably a few others.

    Under the stress of an actual interview, I took nuclear weapons to deal with anthills and completely over-thought each question. I prepared in the most naïve way—the way I had always prepared for things and exactly as you suggested not to—and was sorely disappointed in myself. Looking back, though, at least my consistency was remarkable.

    Attempt #2 – Success (Case Interview Secrets + LOMS = K.I.S.S.)

    It wasn’t until nearly a year and a half later (and well into my current job) that I stumbled on your pitch for LOMS. I wasn’t planning to interview again, but after a few minutes, I knew LOMS could get me the offer: before, I had the best tools (Case Interview Secrets) and enormous amounts of material (all my reading and thoughts), but I was missing the instruction manual. I immediately downloaded LOMS to my phone and listened to it nearly 24/7. By the time I submitted my resume to McKinsey a few weeks later, the entire interview process seemed like a formality—I was that good. What happened?

    1. You showed me what the interviewers were looking for

    With LOMS, you did all the testing for me—what works and what doesn’t? From structuring ideas down to specific speech patterns, I learned to sound and think like I had already been working at McKinsey and that the interview was just another problem-solving session.

    2. You gave me the chance to practice obsessively

    I’m a big believer in ‘practice makes perfect’. With your materials, I was able to practice in the right way as much as I wanted. Before, I didn’t have anyone (even across many friends) who wanted to practice as much as I did, and certainly didn’t have someone who could provide crucial, on-point feedback.

    3. You gave me confidence (now this sounds like a bad song…)

    This is more a corollary of points 1) and 2) because guided practice builds confidence, but it was the deciding factor in my ultimate success.

    The PARADE Method

    The PARADE method rounds out your prep materials wonderfully. With your help, I was able to give such good responses to personal experience questions that my interviewers were actually speechless on several occasions. I prepared for the personal experience interview in three steps:

    1. I prepared a PARADE ‘summary’ for the three or four question archetypes for four experiences (around a dozen summaries). These are what I gave as the initial response to personal experience question.
    2. I broke down each of the four experiences into the 15 – 20 discrete actions or scenes and answered the following questions:
    a. What was I thinking?
    b. What were others thinking?
    c. What did I say and why?
    d. How did others react?
    3. I practiced giving my PARADE summaries in the mirror while filming myself (probably one of the more awkward things I’ve done)

    Positive Externalities

    Since digesting your case interview materials (alone, never mind the HSMC stuff), I have also become a more effective presenter and a more effective thinker. My work has improved so much that senior people are taking notice. In fact, I was recently invited to meet with the former CEO of Goldman Sachs International and he specifically followed up afterward to begin a potentially life-long relationship. These unexpected benefits make me re-realize how deep the advice you give actually goes…I can’t wait for more good surprises!

  • István Mag Feb 28, 2012, 5:31 pm

    My name is István Mag, I’m a 23 year old business student and a future first year Associate at The Boston Consulting Group. In the following, I tell the story of how I got my dream offer from the Hungarian office of BCG and especially how Victor Cheng helped my dream come true.
    I think BCG extended me an offer for a lot of reasons, but the fact that I’ve spent at least 50 hours just on reading and learning Victor Cheng’s advice as well as watching his videos are definitely one of them.

    In May 2011 when I got the invitation for the interviews with BCG I felt ready for the challenge due to my academic and professional background. I’ve done the CEMS Master’s in International Management Program with which I spent one semester in Switzerland and I’ve worked almost one year at an M&A boutique in Budapest. Moreover, I’ve taken part in a lot of case competitions- sometimes with success- where I’ve learned a lot about solving cases. In fact, I got the invitation from BCG owing to my performance at the BCG strategy cup.

    So, I felt ready for the challenge but I postponed the interviews by fall 2011 because I was going to do a summer internship at an M&A boutique in London, UK. Luckily, since when I started reading Victor’s emails whilst doing my summer internship I realized I was so far from being prepared.

    Of course, I asked my friends about their experiences and I knew I would have to prepare for the interviews since BCG was my dream workplace, but I wouldn’t have thought that I had basically no knowledge of how to do well on these very special interviews.

    After the realization of lacking the necessary knowledge I dug deeper in the topic, and spent a lot of time going through Victor Cheng’s lessons repeatedly. I copy pasted all the emails I received from Victor into a word file that I was reading all the time. In total the word document is 64 page long… and every word was worth considering.

    Victor taught me how to prepare both methodologically and mentally and this is what makes the difference between him and the competitors.

    As for the methodological point of view, I found it extremely useful that Victor not just described basically every minute of the interview but also explained how you should start and then drive the interview and how you can make sure that you don’t miss points of utmost importance as well as how to draw a conclusion that’s based on a thorough and structured analysis at the end of the interview.

    For the opening of the case, the most valuable was that Victor demonstrated how to clarify the objective and taught how to draw a well-structured issue tree that was essential for solving the case.

    Regarding the middle of the case interview, the tips that eventually turned out to be most helpful were the importance of always comparing the numbers you receive or ask for with previous time periods’ numbers and the competitors’ numbers as well as the importance of being hypothesis driven and the importance of sequential synthesizing.

    With regard to the closing of the case, the form that Victor suggested appeared to be extremely powerful.

    As for the mental preparation, it’s crucial that through Victor’s guidance I’ve understood the interviewers’ mindset better. Moreover, I also managed to lower my stress level by accepting Victor’s comforting thoughts that even if you don’t do well on a case interview, it doesn’t mean that you’re not talented; it only means consulting is not for you, but you can be equally successful in other fields of business and life.

    Since I think I managed to follow most of Victor’s advice I got good feedback after my interviews. Although these were literally my first consulting interviews and I had the chance to do only two mock interviews, I was told it seemed I knew what I was doing, I seemed confident and my thinking process was well-structured.

    In conclusion, although I had been indirectly training for consulting life and interviews for years, without Victor Cheng’s guidance I probably wouldn’t have got the offer from BCG.

    Thank you Victor Cheng! Good luck with everything in the future!

    Kind regards,

    István Mag

  • Mihnea Munteanu Feb 28, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Hey Victor,

    Here is my video testimonial link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ta80BJJW1fY

    I’m not 100% sure as to how to allow the “download” option, I could only find the embed option. If you need it set feel free to contact me.

    Thank you again for all the help!

    Mihnea Munteanu

  • Warren Cheng Feb 28, 2012, 12:16 pm

    My name is Warren Cheng. I am an associate at the Boston Consulting Group in Hong Kong. While applying to different consulting firms, I have used many different resources – books, interview coaches, alumni connections, various consulting guru blogs…you name it. Having seen and used many of these materials, I can say for sure that Victor Cheng’s material is the most useful in helping to score my offer. And that is for specifically three reasons: his versatile approach, consultant way of communication, and passion for the subject.

    Victor teaches not just frameworks, but a high level of thinking. This way of thinking helped me solve my case interviews disregarding the case type I receive: whether it is an M&A, market entry or turnaround. It requires me to memorizing nothing more than a few simple business ideas. Since I was studying in the US while applying to be in an Asian office, my rounds of interviews are with consultants from both the US and Asia. Because of this, the cases I received ranges from straight forward number crunching to brainstorming with Partners, and on subjects across the continents. I would have long been disqualified if I had stick to simple framework memorizing. Thanks to Victor’s approach, I was able to adapt to different situations while leveraging logic and business sense unique to myself.

    Another asset that I learned from Victor is to communicate like a consultant. It is easy to layout: structure, sign-post and synthesize. But to actually do it in a case interview is another matter. In all the communication with Victor, whether it was email, voice recording or video, Victor keeps reinforcing the consultant way of communication. It was so embedded in me after having gone through his case prep materials that I started talking this way myself. One of the feedbacks I got from a Partner after my interview is that my summaries during and at the end of the case (what Victor calls synthesis) was clear and concise, something that is not common in associate level candidates. Even until this day, after being a consultant for a while, I still talk with the same manner and receive praises for being concise in my communication.

    Finally, I would argue the most influential part about Victor, is his passion for consulting. Victor is not only good at cracking case interviews – he likes solving them as well. Only with passion can someone dig deep into analyzing the entire interview process: from dynamics in the behavioral portion, to techniques and body languages to watch out for during the case portion. Victor’s passion for the subject makes the daunting task of prepping for cases a little more fun. And I would argue that this is the key to my success of getting an offer at BCG – Victor made me like practicing and actually doing case interviews.

    There is no doubt that the road to consulting offer is a tough battle. And I was really fortunate to have Victor be there along side. I could not have gotten my BCG offer without his help.

    Thank you Victor!

    Warren Cheng
    BCG Hong Kong Office

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