What I often find when working with aspiring management consultants is that 100% of their efforts are focused on the case interview portion of the recruitment process. While I would argue that this is indeed the most difficult part of recruiting, one cannot disregard the other phases. You have to earn an interview before all of that case preparation even comes into play! In my experience, being selected for an interview has two main components—how well you’ve networked with t
You’ve worked so hard to land your dream management consulting job, and now you walk into the office on your first day. Likely you’re excited, eager to learn, and honestly a little nervous. When I walked into Bain & Co. for my first day as a full-time employee, I was no different. I wanted to stand out in my first year and set myself up for success in this job; thankfully I received valuable advice to do so from my business mentors. I’ve detailed their tips below, and hopeful
If you’ve decided on a career in management consulting and have been doing a good job in school/extracurriculars as well as networking… then you’re probably beginning to look at consulting interviews. They’re definitely different than your typical job interview, and you’ll be wanting to look anywhere you can in order to find the right edge. One of the most overlooked areas for an edge is in the behavioral portion of the interview. It’s amazing that 40% of your interview score
We all know it’s smart to ask questions about a career during recruiting; however, when I was recruiting with the Big 3, I often found it difficult to balance showing that I was truly committed to consulting while getting answers to some of my trickier questions. One of these questions was if it would be possible to carry on a social life while pursuing a management consulting career. I had built lots of strong friendships in college and had been involved in a number of “extr
When I was looking for a job out of college, I knew that travelling was of particular importance to me. I wanted to be able to see and experience a lot of new places while also having a job that was challenging and offered a lot of options for after. Management Consulting was probably the only job that could fit all of these criteria. When I joined McKinsey, I travelled a lot. One of the first things I did was talk to my staffing manager and let them know that travelling was
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