Interview Process and Preparation - McKinsey, Bain, BCG

Following is a success story from a student that interviewed with four firms and got offers from both McKinsey and Bain. He reports on the interview process at these firms and shares the preparation method that contributed to his success. Your video workshops, your mails and your book have all been of great help during my application process. As for the interview process, there are some things I can tell you. In the end, I enjoyed nearly all my interviews.

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Case Interview Prep

Tom Spencer

Case questions form the cornerstone of the consulting interview, and reading this blog or reviewing the case prep resources listed below will not be sufficient preparation. but this won’t help you in the consulting interviews. Case Interview Workshop by Victor Cheng (Recommended).

How to Get a McKinsey Interview Through Networking

I wanted to send you a quick note on how I have been able to secure a McKinsey interview , despite not knowing anyone in consultancy. I have consequently been invited for an interview. The objective of this email was to simply highlight that there are several alternatives to securing an interview. My Thoughts: This is a great example of how the management consulting interview process works. There are two ways to get an interview with a management consulting firm.

An Interview With Deb Siegle

Women in Consulting

Deb Siegle, WIC’s president, was recently interviewed (by email) regarding women consultants and business owners for possible inclusion in an article for one of the Boston College blogs. Here are excerpts from that interview. By: Deborah Siegle.

McKinsey + BCG Undergrad Consulting Offer

The student shares her tips on how hard work and preparation are the keys to case interview success. Even 10 days before my first round interview with BCG, I had zero case interview preparation experience. Your workshop was very helpful, as were the printouts. I brought the page detailing the Customer-Product-Competition-Company analysis everywhere I went and studying that helped me ask the right questions during my interviews.

From STEM PhD to Federal Consulting: An Interview with Josh

Management Consulted

Here at MC, we had the pleasure of recently interviewing Josh and asking him how he’s navigated his interesting career path, and how consulting was a great place for his passions and skills to collide. I was selected to interview at both the NIH and the DoD and subsequently was offered positions in both organizations. I learned about government consulting when I started interviewing for jobs near the completion of my AAAS Fellowship.

Networking to Get McKinsey, Bain & BCG Offers

Management Consulting Networking Success Story: I just want to drop you one additional thank you e-mail, as I heavily relied on your preparation sources throughout my interviewing journey (and the corresponding case interview preparation). I interviewed last autumn for a post-MBA/PhD position at the top firms in Germany. I went through workshops offered by these firms and talked to numerous recruiters and consultants. The first interview went great.

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From the Bench and Bedside to the Boardrooms (How to transition from academia into consulting, Part 1 of 2)

Tom Spencer

Excelling in the Interview. If you happen to attend a non-target school then the next best thing would be to attend a virtual recruiting and case interview workshop. Before the Interview consulting applicationsIntroduction.

Website or No Website? Answers and Help for Independent Consultants

Successful Independent Consulting

Recently I interviewed Jared Gold, the creator of WebsiteBy Tonight , a service that specifically serves self-employed professionals and solopreneurs. As a self-employed consultant do you really need a website?

LinkedIn Connection Secrets

The More Clients Blog

Last week I interviewed my friend, Ted Prodromou who is most definitely a LinkedIn expert and the author of The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business. ( We covered a lot in that interview, but for me, the most interesting part was about how to make connections.

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Delivering an Unforgettable Customer Experience - Think customers.

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Last week while I was attending the Gartner Customer 360 Summit in San Diego, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop that was focused on best practices in enabling great customer experiences. Intuit also administers a panel of about 10,000 accountants and tax professionals who share their input through in-depth interviews and topical surveys. --> -->. ); 1to1 Media is a division of Peppers & Rogers Group, a leader in Management Consulting. Back

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Using Online Platforms to Boost Your Billings

Successful Independent Consulting

Sample projects include company valuation, workshop development, competitive analysis, financial projections, go-to-market plans, performance measurement, and pricing. Photo ID 40184079 © Ratz Attila. Independent consultants face the constant challenge of finding their next project.

Digital Business Development Podcast #1: Jim McCraigh

Tsavo Neal

Kennedy University in addition to having presented over 250 other seminars, workshops, and webinars. Links Mentioned: Informational Interviewing . In this episode, you’ll learn… The most important lessons Jim has learned 30 years in the consulting business.

What Do Creative Marketers Look Like?

The More Clients Blog

When I asked my subscribers if they’d like to be interviewed for the More Clients Club about how they attracted clients, Judy responded with a long list of all the things that have worked for her over the years. Her company conducts several workshops a month at their facility as well as events sponsored by other businesses. I’ve taken a few excerpts from my interview with Judy that you can watch on my website.

Announcing the CEO Club of Greater Boston

Emerson Consulting Group

Why CEOs Need a “Watering Hole” CEOs are a lonely bunch, often uncertain where to turn for advice, feedback, peer support or knowledgeable coaching.

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Rough consulting week: Embrace the suck

Consultants Mind

When people I interview ask me about work-life balance, I have to bite my tongue a little bit. Traveling this week, facilitating a workshop, several proposals due to clients. Last week was brutal. Was glad to just make it through the days without disappointing people or making too many mistakes. I had 32 different conference calls, a boat-load of work, a dentist appointment and planning for my mom’s 70th birthday.

5 Steps To Securing a Consulting Internship

Tom Spencer

Most consultancies hold company presentations, networking events, or workshops for students at target universities, which enable you to get to know them better. Consultants and recruiters often spend no more than a few seconds looking at your application when shortlisting interview candidates.

We’re still clueless about lifetime value

Seth Godin Blog

I riff on some of this in the new interview I did with Larry King.]. It’s a thirty-day workshop that will pay dividends If an Apple upgrade breaks your phone and you switch to Android, it costs Apple more than $10,000. If you switch supermarkets because a clerk was snide with you, it removes $50,000 from the store’s ongoing revenue.

Three Lessons Learned from Writing a Book

Women in Consulting

I reached out to clients, experts, authors, and businesses for interviews and quotes. I moderated panel discussions, spoke at meetings and conferences, did podcast interviews, recorded videos – all new experiences. :: In retrospect, I’ve always wanted to be an author.

Tour Recap – Day 6 (Harvard)

Management Consulted

If you want a small group setting to accelerate your case interview performance (like, 0-60 in a day) join us next weekend in San Francisco – September 21 for our last 8-hour Consulting Bootcamp in the U.S. Welcome back to Tour Throwback Week. We hustled up and down the U.S.

Management Consulted East Coast Tour – Fall 2015

Management Consulted

Many of you (really) smart people even got to purchase or preview our best selling Consulting Interview Bible, available on Amazon or right here on our handy dandy website! When Willie Nelson wrote “On the Road Again,” we’re pretty sure he was talking about us!

Positioning Yourself As The Expert — How To Develop A Consulting Voice That Clients Will Listen To with Ron Carucci: Podcast #21

Consulting Success

Back in the days, I’m talking about the words ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ weren’t terms yet but in essence that’s what the workshop we were doing would have been called. Today I’m joined by seasoned consultant and passionate leader Ron Carucci.

The Business Plan Is Alive And Well But It May Not Be What You Think

Steve Shu Consulting

Business plans can often take the form of workshop sessions and Powerpoint documents as opposed to a traditional textual Word document. The business planning effort can be more organic than written and involve focus groups, customer prospect interviews, etc. As many times I have written a “business plan”, it seems the flavor of it can vary quite substantially. I think the notion of this catches a good number of people by surprise.

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Technology and Wisdom: Where and How Do They Intersect in Life, Work and Play? (Part 2)

Women in Consulting

When they needed to staff up a service center, he went about it in a whole new way: no JDs, no interviewing, no hiring managers. So he started with a Happy Hour, and then invited people to come to a all-day workshop to work on problems important to SFDC. By: Jennifer LeBlanc.

Conversation with IMS Consulting Group

Tom Spencer

You are likely to visit clients for client meetings and workshops. Tom: Does IMS Consulting Group use the case interview as part of its recruitment process? How many interview rounds are there? Steph: We have one competency interview and two case interviews at the assessment centre. The first round would be telephone or a speed interview. Tom: What’s a speed interview? Steph: Speed interviewing involves coming to our offices in London.

Top 5 Consulting Resume Mistakes by Ph.D’s, Postdocs, and Other Advanced Degree Holders

Management Consulted

engineers, med students, JDs, post-docs, interns, practicing MDs or residents, these magical BCG and McKinsey consulting seminars are crash courses, extended job interviews, and sell weekends all rolled into one. If you get invited, show up, and stand out, you’ll put yourself in good stead with the folks at BCG and McKinsey, and will be in a perfect position for the guaranteed interviews that are one of the many prizes of these fabled weekends.

Conversation with A.T. Kearney

Tom Spencer

These extend from basic introduction-to-consulting workshops, to advanced excel/ppt skills, and of course regular seminars hosted by senior partners to discuss their white papers, recent interesting or topical projects, and subjects relevant to us all. Kearney Consulting use the case interview in its recruitment process? Tom: How many interview rounds are there? Kearney: At campus level, two rounds of 2 interviews.

Don’t Give Up on Unconscious Bias Training — Make It Better

Harvard Business

For example, implementing a new interview process, without educating employees on its benefits, inhibits its adoption. We found that, months after attending the workshop, employees reported engaging in more of the research-backed strategies for mitigating bias highlighted in the workshop than they had prior to the workshop. In the post-workshop survey given at the global technology company, we asked participants to commit to one action they would take to manage bias.

Commercial Awareness – what is it and how do I get it?

Tom Spencer

For instance, you can join a finance or business related society – not only will it look great on your CV and demonstrate your passion for commerce, but the society will probably host talks and workshops that can help develop your commercial knowledge.

10 Myths About Negotiating Your First Salary

Harvard Business

Based on our decades of experience with researching negotiation; teaching negotiation to undergraduate students, graduate students, and executives; and giving negotiation workshops to participants of all ages and all over the world, we would like to debunk many of the common myths that hold people back at the negotiation table. Nicholas Blechman for HBR. You just got your first job offer. It’s an exciting and stressful time.

Two Powerful Ways Managers Can Curb Implicit Biases

Harvard Business

The workshops companies invest in typically teach them to constantly check their thoughts for bias. While interviewing a candidate, we might ask her where she went to school or to share her experiences. PATRIK STOLLARZ/Getty Images. Many managers want to be more inclusive.

Being a Parent Made Me a Better Manager, and Vice Versa

Harvard Business

This has meant reading parenting literature , talking to other parents (in my research mind I was “interviewing” them), and attending parenting workshops, all while noticing how effective (or not) my various approaches to parenting may be.

Silence the Critical Voices in Your Head

Harvard Business

He hired me as his coach and asked me to interview 15 coworkers so he could better understand how they perceived him. For example: “I’m so glad my workshop was helpful to you. There’s one debilitating behavior that most of us fall victim to with great regularity: listening to critical voices in our heads.

7 Ways to Successfully Manage “UPWARDS”

Cheryl Cran

Often when I facilitate a workshop on change and we begin to discuss the impact of different generational attitudes as it relates to change there is a lot of interest. I was recently working with a group of Gen X and Y leaders who are in the Commercial Real Estate industry.

Using Design Thinking to Help Nonprofits Fundraise

Harvard Business

To learn more about how successful leaders engaged in this experimentation, I interviewed over 100 of them, and I found again and again that they had shown great flexibility and creativity as they tested a wide range of ideas. Another founder who followed the method is Beth Schmidt, a former teacher who started Wishbone, a crowdfunding site that provides money for low-income high school students to pursue a career passion through a summer experience such as a camp or workshop.

The Problem with Saying “My Door Is Always Open”

Harvard Business

Our two-year research study , including interviews with over 60 senior executives, as well as workshops and case studies, illuminates a glaring blind spot: We simply don’t appreciate how risky it can feel for others to speak up. When we interviewed the CEO of a global company, she enthusiastically agreed, saying, “I want people to be who they are.”

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Every Generation Wants Meaningful Work — but Thinks Other Age Groups Are in It for the Money

Harvard Business

We interviewed five employees from each generation, inquiring about how important meaningful work was for them, what they find meaningful in the job they currently do, what their ideal job would be, and whether they saw any generational differences in definitions of meaningful work. The traditionalists we interviewed said that meaning comes from challenging work that allows people to grow, and also from work that helps other people.