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”.

Travel, Training and Mentorship

Tom Spencer

Three significant aspects in the life of a management consultant: travel, training and mentorship. Travel. When it comes to travel, different consulting firms have different policies. Consulting firms will typically assign new recruits with a formal mentor.

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How to avoid being blacklisted from consulting (or any other) recruiting

Tom Spencer

Talking about travel or hobbies are great ways to start a conversation and showcase your personality, but don’t drag it too long. Before the Interview consulting recruitmentAs with most other competitive professions, breaking into consulting roles has a lot to do with networking.

The True Meaning of Consulting Work/Life Balance

Management Consulted

Consulting exit opportunities consulting questions consulting recruiting consulting travel life as a consultantI’ve been reflecting recently on my life and my work. It started 1 month ago at my Columbia Business School reunion.

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.

Charting your consulting career direction

Tom Spencer

Travel is an alluring carrot that attracts many young people towards consulting. Every year consulting firms hire new high achieving young graduates, meaning that recruits from last year must move up or move out. Recruitment Process consulting career

How has the pathway to partner changed in the consulting industry?

The Source

Consulting offers many attractions for graduates choosing a career to embark on: the high salaries, the travel opportunities, the chance to work on clients’ most complex, high-stakes business problems—to name a few. … Featured Talent Partnership Recruitment Talent model

What Nursing Parents Need to Know About Pumping During Work Travel

Harvard Business

But if the new parent’s return involves business travel, and that parent has chosen to nurse, it’s even more complicated. While it’s common for new parents to feel stressed about juggling life at work and home, for a pumping, traveling parent the stress can be heightened. “I went about looking for how to pump and travel,” she told me. Become a Travel-Logistics Master.

Applying to McKinsey from a Non-Target School

I hadn't applied during the regular recruiting season as I was planning on going directly to an MBA program and trying to get into consulting afterwards. This was the mental image I had in my mind when I was recruiting (and no information existed anywhere to counter this image. This happens by giving up too early in the recruiting process as a way to avoid future rejection. Question: I wanted to thank you for your excellent materials, specifically the LOMS program.

The Top 8 Undergrad Consulting Majors

Management Consulted

A fun fact – Jenny Rae was an economics major at UVA, but famously decided to shave her head and travel the world after graduation (yeah, her parents were really proud). 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 Get a McKinsey Interview Through Networking

1) On campus / Send in your Application - Recruiting. When I was at Stanford, McKinsey would come on campus to recruit in December or January each year (I forget the exact month). I guess she noticed how much effort I was putting into doing my homework that she sent my resume to the head of Stanford recruiting and said, "You should really interview this guy." Hint - recruiting coordinators have a slow season, and I had contacted this person during her slow month.

Conversation with Accenture Australia

Tom Spencer

Georgia was extremely helpful and was kind enough to answer some questions I had about Accenture and its recruitment process. Tom: What is Accenture’s travel model? Accenture: Accenture’s travel expectations are largely driven by the needs of our clients. If a graduate is placed in a role which requires them to travel they will typically fly out on Monday morning and return to their home location on Friday afternoon.

Management Consulting versus Investment Banking

Management Consulted

Consulting compensates with perks that banking does not offer – from better travel allowances to more generous health and retirement packages. Travel. Consultants – depending on firm – travel anywhere from 25-75% of their time.

Tips for Successfully Preparing for a Case Interview in a Short Time Frame

As I was about to travel overseas on volunteer work, I had a very condensed interview process with each firm (including one day with 6 straight case interviews in 8 hours!) To tell the truth, once I found your website, I decided to use it exclusively and didn't even consider checking anywhere else as it seemed to have everything one could potentially learn about the recruitment process.

Conversation with L.E.K. Consulting

Tom Spencer

I recently had the opportunity to communicate with Janine Clifford, Recruitment & HR Manager at L.E.K. The life of a management consultant is certainly a busy one and often involves travel. Tom: What is LEK’s travel model?

Consulting Networking: 6 Best Practice Guidelines

Tom Spencer

One of the more memorable parts of the consulting recruiting process was witnessing people attempting to network with consulting firms. What can inspire a more productive conversation with a consultant or recruiter is helping them understand how you might be an asset to the firm.

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. Bad #2: Travel. Roughly 80% of cases are travel cases.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: What We Do: Part 1 of Sex Among.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

We declare ourselves experts and recruit a choir to sing our praises. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, April 15, 2013. What We Do: Part 1 of Sex Among the Consulting Class. Sex is a tricky subject, especially in a competitive and personality-driven field like consulting.

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

Tom Spencer

Working 80+ hours during stressful weeks, not being home (or having any notable social life) between Monday and Thursday, frequent travel, and a high-pressure work environment can really take a toll on some people.

The Growth of the Consulting Industry in the Nordics


It can, however, be a challenge to recruit internationally due to different law regulations, tax regulations, permits, language barriers and simply some consultants not wanting to relocate. Most consultants in the Nordics are willing to travel 1-2 hours to and from work every day.

Social Hierarchy

As I started recruiting for jobs, I discovered there was a hierarchy amongst professions (medical school, law school, investment banking, and consulting were "good"; consumer packaged goods and industrial companies were "bad") and a hierarchy amongst firms within an industry (McKinsey, BCG and Bain were "good"; other firms, less so). As I’ve traveled the world and done work across many industries, it never ceases to amaze me how many social hierarchies exist.

An Ex-Consultant’s Jump into the Start Up World

Management Consulted

He co-founded MobileSuites, an app that puts travel concierge services and hotel information at your fingertips, and which you can (and should) find and sign-up for here. Jenny Rae interviewed him to hear about his journey from Yale, how he knew he wanted to be in management consulting, his recruitment process (and why he chose Altman Vilandrie over Oliver Wyman), his decision to leave management consulting and the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. *.

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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

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. His free moments are spent traveling and enjoying sporting events with his wife and daughter. Introduction.

Oliver Wyman Careers

Oliver Wyman recruits globally primarily from 100 of the most selective schools across five continents. Travel. Whether or not you view travel as an opportunity depends upon your personal preferences.

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. The firm also employs a lighter travel model than many other firms. BULGER PARTNERS INTERVIEW TIPS & RECRUITING. BULGER PARTNERS.

The Right Attitude for Case Interviews

On the latter point, firms vary in the culture, mix of work, travel demands, and numerous other factors. Early in the recruiting process, people are very concerned about having a good recruiting season. It is possible to recruit well, but not do well early in your career. That's a very wise statement and is even more true on-the-job than it is in the recruiting process itself. Email: My success is really your success at case preparation.

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. The firm also employs a lighter travel model than many other firms. BULGER PARTNERS INTERVIEW TIPS & RECRUITING. BULGER PARTNERS.

AlixPartners Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

Even for such a high travel firm, which we’ll discuss below, they all seem to be so gosh darn chummy with each other. Travel – Now don’t get us wrong, warning a prospective consultant about travel is a bit like warning trainee surgeon that they may see blood once in a while. But where AlixPartners differs from a lot of other firms is the amount of Monday-Friday travel you’ll be doing as compared to Monday-Thursday travel that you can expect at even the very top firms.

Conversation with Partners in Performance

Tom Spencer

WE were grateful for the recent opportunity to talk with Amanda Melo, recruitment manager at Partners in Performance. Partners in Performance is a global management consulting firm and we were interested to learn more about the firm and its recruitment process.

4 Ways Cloud Computing Impacts Business Success

Tom Spencer

One key benefit of doing so is that it is allowing smaller firms to recruit globally and build virtual teams of experts who come together to complete client assignments on a per-project basis. In her spare time, Riya always enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.

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.

Conversation with Cartesian

Tom Spencer

Adam Fraser: At the business analyst level, you have the opportunity to engage with, and present to, clients and have quite a bit of client interaction, including traveling to client sites. Tom: What is the firm’s travel model? Some projects may require you to travel to another country and be on-site every day. Tom: Which universities do you recruit from? Adam Fraser: We will begin the new process of recruiting with careers events in October.

How to Transition to Management Consulting after Law School

Management Consulted

Generally speaking, a lawyer’s workload is more narrow and less diverse than a consultant’s; add that in with little to no travel and minimal exposure to different industries, and many lawyers are looking for a change. Don’t firms only recruit from top MBA programs? In fact, Harvard Law, Columbia Law, UVA School of Law, and Stanford Law are core recruiting schools for top consulting firms.

Top Consulting Firms

However, they tend to have an intense lifestyle with lots of travel, face-to-face engagements, and long hours as a result. If you are interested in a career with a lot of travel, this could be a good place for you. What are the Top Consulting Firms?

Conversation with A.T. Kearney

Tom Spencer

Kearney’s travel model? Kearney: Consultants generally travel to their clients from Monday to Thursday, returning to their home office on Fridays. Tom: When is the next round of recruitment application deadlines? At MBA level, we recruit from B-schools in Europe and the US as well as locally – so deadlines vary accordingly. Kearney Consulting use the case interview in its recruitment process?

What are good side projects for an aspiring consultant?

Killer Consultant

Grades are still a big factor in recruiting. Go travel, if you can. This post first appeared as an answer of mine on Quora. The original question was: What are good side projects for an aspiring management consultant?

Bulger Partners – Strategic Advisors 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. The firm also employs a lighter travel model than many other firms. BULGER PARTNERS INTERVIEW TIPS & RECRUITING. BULGER PARTNERS.