Recruiting versus reality

Tom Spencer

Consulting firms are very good at selling themselves to potential recruits. In this post, I explore the other side of the value propositions presented by consulting firms during the recruiting process: “You will be exposed to a wide range of problems and industries”.

Case Presentation Interview: New Style of Case Interview

Management Consulted

And the case interview has been a consistent staple in the consulting recruiting process. Some firms, however, use what’s known as the “case presentation interview” to test candidates. Management consulting is a decades old industry.

Top 6 Consultancy Recruitment Videos


Recruitment videos can either be a bit bland and dull or they can be epic. This has got to be the most dramatic of all recruitment videos - it's so empowering that it makes you feel like by training and working for this firm you could really be part of an amazing global business that encompasses the whole world (so I guess the marketing works then!) PwC 'Graduate Recruitment Video' Australia 2006. Ernst & Young 'Recruiting Commercial' Sweden 2007.

The Barriers to Recruiting and Employing Digital Talent

Harvard Business

Because these firms tend to have slim margins and cannot pay Silicon Valley salaries, many have had to get creative in their recruiting and employee development. In our work with a dozen industrial firms in Germany and Scandinavia, we’ve studied how they try to increase the digital skills of their workforces — from creating accelerators to training internal talent — and we’ve observed how some of these common strategies present their own difficulties.

Marketing Plans – From Subscribers

The More Clients Blog

I’m a successful Executive Recruiter for the past 38 years. I verbally present a top-performing candidate who would add significant measurable value by resolving a current costly project in the decision maker’s department.

What are interviewers from consulting firms really looking for?

Tom Spencer

So maybe you’ve gotten to the second round, maybe you’re still waiting to hear back, or maybe you’re hoping to interview again in the next recruitment cycle. Presentation Skills. Consulting Interviews Cultural Integration intellectual capital presentation skills

The Top 8 Undergrad Consulting Majors

Management Consulted

The insight in to problematic behaviors gained here will be a big asset to you in your consulting career as you diagnose issues and think of ways to present solutions in diplomatic terms. Consulting firms recruit from many top liberal arts schools, and there is such a thing as consulting fallout – people who were passionate about the idealized form of something (i.e. consulting recruiting management consulting

How to Select the Best Marketing Strategies for Your Business

The More Clients Blog

Recommendation: As your network expands, start to find audiences to present your ideas through professional associations, chambers of commerce, and other groups, both offline and online. Learn the skills of giving a great presentation and of following up with your audience members. I’ve probably had more conversations about this topic with clients than any other: How to choose the best marketing strategies for one’s professional service business.

Dinged From MBB Consulting Firms – Now What?

Management Consulted

If you interview and fail first rounds, don’t expect to re-interview during full-time recruiting. In fact, Teach for America is considered a “target school” for MBB – so you get to go through active recruiting at top firms. but simply because we believe the other options we’ve mentioned will enable you to stand out more in the re-recruiting process while still getting corporatized. consulting recruiting

Networking to Get McKinsey, Bain & BCG Offers

I went through workshops offered by these firms and talked to numerous recruiters and consultants. All I had done in the cases was basically come up with structures built around your Business Situation Framework and very interactively present these to the interviewers (turning the sheet 180 degrees, etc). My Reply: Congratulations on the BCG offer, and thank you for sharing the ups and downs in your recruiting process.

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Management Consulting versus Investment Banking

Management Consulted

Hard skills: 1) Microsoft Powerpoint – you will (and have to) become a master at this, and will eventually have the ability to produce presentations quickly, concisely, and meaningfully. 3) Presentation skills – this is a cornerstone of consulting work.

You’ve been rejected from all consulting jobs. What’s next?

Management Consulted

Practice will only help for future interviews or next year’s recruiting cycle. If your heart is still set on management and strategy consulting, the best thing you can do is recruit for jobs with the best combination of brand recognition and skill-development. Important disclaimer – don’t get a masters degree just for recruiting purposes. If you’re out of school, network through school alumni, colleagues past and present, family and friends.

Consultant Ninja: What to put on a consulting resume (part 3 of a.

Consultant Ninja

In my years of being involved with MBA recruiting, Ive never been able to hire a former special forces operator, but Ive been dying to come up with the right reason. Presentation Zen. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja. Management Consultant | Excel Jockey | Slide Monkey | Corporate Insurgent | One-Eyed Man in the Valley of the Blind Mckinsey | Bain | BCG | Booz | Oliver Wyman. Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

How to Give the Same Talk to Different Audiences

Harvard Business

6 Ways to Look More Confident During a Presentation. It’s worth finding out whether there is a typical age or gender for the attendees (for instance, if it’s an event for female executives, or for recruits straight out of college), and any commonalities in geography, functional role, industry, etc. With those goals in mind, you can choose which modules from your standard presentation to include, and whether you need to develop bespoke material to augment it.

Male and Female Entrepreneurs Get Asked Different Questions by VCs — and It Affects How Much Funding They Get

Harvard Business

We recruited both professional VCs (194 angel investors, 30% of whom were women) and ordinary people (106 Amazon Mechanical Turk users, 47% women). Venture capital Gender Presentations Entrepreneurship Digital ArticleThere is an enormous gender gap in venture capital funding in the United States. Female entrepreneurs receive only about 2% of all venture funding , despite owning 38% of the businesses in the country.

5 Ways to Project Confidence in Front of an Audience

Harvard Business

Whether you’re presenting on an analyst call or speaking to your entire organization in a town hall meeting, you’re being judged on your confidence and competence, not just your content, and the way you appear and how you sound matters. A study on CEOs giving IPO road-show presentations found that even hardened financial advisors judge a leader’s “competence and trustworthiness” within as little as 30-seconds. Michael Blann/Getty Images.

Introduction to Case Interviews

Tom Spencer

Almost all consulting firms include the case interview as part of their recruitment process. In a case interview, your interviewer will present to you a series of hypotheticals with made up clients, situations, and business problems.

Top Firms Case Interview Preparation (2019 Update)

Accenture Recruiting. AT Kearney Recruiting Skills Test. Roland Berger Presentation Interview. About. Top Management Consulting Firms. Interview Resources. Accenture. Accenture Careers. Accenture Interview Question. AT Kearney. AT Kearney Analytical Skills Test. Monitor Deloitte. Monitor Deloitte Role Play Interview. Monitor Deloitte 2nd Round Interview Prep. Monitor Deloitte Interview Tips for Experienced Hire. Oliver Wyman. Oliver Wyman Careers. Roland Berger.

Dealing with rejections

Tom Spencer

I knew beforehand all case interviews are presented with two exhibits (specifically for this company), but I ended up receiving only one so I knew I was heading the wrong way. That was one of the most frustrating rejections I dealt with during recruiting.

5 Steps to becoming a Successful IT Consultant


You then present recommendations, and implement them. Certifications prove the most effective to clients, recruiters and consulting management about your abilities. Finally, presenting solutions physically and in written or oral reports serves as a last important action.

So you want to be a consultant …

Tom Spencer

It’s now January, and as the MBA internship recruitment season shifts into full gear, here are some tips from someone who went through the consulting recruitment process last year. Happy recruiting!

Management Consulting Salary Guide for 2019

Some consulting firms recruit individuals quite early. Here are some of the top MBA programs that consulting firms recruit from, and the first-year consulting salary figures associated with these MBA programs. However, only students of top talent within these programs are recruited.

Bespoke and Precedent Driven – Understanding the Two Different Approaches to Consulting

Tom Spencer

During the recruitment process for consulting internships and full-time positions, I went to countless presentations given by consulting firm representatives who explained the consulting industry and made sales pitches about their firms.

Consulting Case Interviews at Non-Consulting Firms

Tom Spencer

As such, I’ve increasingly seen case interviews being used to recruit for corporate strategy roles in all sectors and business operation (“BizOps”) roles at startups. Generally, recruiters will make their demands for previous experience or knowledge crystal clear.

80/20 Rule to Get an Offer

Coming from a school which McKinsey did not recruit at, I had to reach out to many people to seek referral. Out of the 50 people, every single person from McKinsey told me that McKinsey just does not recruit from my school, and then told me to think about post-MBA trial. I carefully explained that I am a presentable candidate, and I have done a tremendous amount of work to prepare for the interview.

2 Years of Networking Results in Consulting Job at PwC

Management Consulted

This was a pretty ambitious goal considering no banks recruited from my school. I was tasked with research duties, creating presentations, working on models in Excel, etc. Was given a tour of office, had a follow up coffee with one of the Directors recruiting me.

Tackling the Case Interview

Tom Spencer

A common trademark in the consulting recruitment process is the case study interview. Public speaking is another useful skill, and one to start practising well before the recruitment process even begins.

Consulting Cover Letter

A strong cover letter presents an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate why you’re the best candidate for the job, and to plead your case as to why the firm should hire you over other applicants. Recruiters often read through cover letters that have lots of “me meme” in them.

Bulger Partners – Strategy Consulting for the Software Economy

Management Consulted

A majority of the firm’s hires are from the undergrad level (the firm doesn’t recruit at any MBA programs), and if Silicon Valley is your dream, working at Bulger Partners for 2-3 years may be better equip you for the future than a top-flight MBA. Be aware that the firm only recruits at a few select undergrad programs. BULGER PARTNERS INTERVIEW TIPS & RECRUITING. Bulger Partners uses executive recruiting firms to find lateral hires. BULGER PARTNERS.

What it’s really like at a top consulting firm: the good and the bad

Tom Spencer

Amid the intensity of recruiting for consulting, few stop to think what it will really be like once they’ve achieved their mission to get into a top-tier consulting firm.

Bulger Partners – Strategic Advisers to the Software Economy

Management Consulted

A majority of the firm’s hires are at the undergrad level (the firm doesn’t recruit at any MBA programs), and if Silicon Valley is your dream, working at Bulger Partners for 2-3 years may be better equip you for the future than a top-flight MBA. Be aware that the firm only recruits at a few select undergrad programs. BULGER PARTNERS INTERVIEW TIPS & RECRUITING. Bulger Partners uses executive recruiting firms to find lateral hires. BULGER PARTNERS.

Consulting Bound – Personal Life Management

Tom Spencer

Throughout the consulting career recruiting process, I found it memorable that in both informal conversations and formal presentations, the issue of personal life management did occur as a poignant topic of conversation.

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

Tom Spencer

Make sure you take time to find who the recruiting contacts are for your region of the country or even your specific school and be comfortable reaching out to those individuals. Introduction.

Get a head start through pro-bono consulting

Tom Spencer

Before the recruiting process begins candidates work hard to polish their resumes, prepare for case interviews, gain professional experience, and participate in extracurricular activities to distinguish themselves from the rest.

Networking How To – Building Your Consulting Asset File

Management Consulted

Before we get started, check out our core post on networking the “normal way” – at info sessions and through target school types of recruiting opportunities. You’ll use your asset file to gain access to recruiters, consultants, etc.

From Internship To Full-Time Job: The Best Way Into Consulting

Tom Spencer

If you want to figure out what really differentiates firms, company websites and recruitment events may not be enough. Other differences include the diversity of projects, the quality of flights and hotels, and the scope of support functions such as research and presentation design.

Using Case Interview Prep for Non-Consulting Offers

You get then 5 minutes to present your conclusions. I never submitted a resume through their website, but rather, followed your advice on networking and was able to connect and network with someone who directly referred me to their recruiter. I did a market study, and created a Prezi virtual presentation, which I presented to multiple people at the company to show them I could fulfill the role's responsibilities by doing the work the position required in advance.