Getting The Interview

I am often asked by readers if networking will really help them obtain a consulting interview or if it could affect them negatively. My response is networking, if done properly, is never taken as a negative. I suggest you network with anyone within a management consulting firm regardless of whether they are involved in recruiting or consulting [...]

A question I get quite often is how do you network your way into a consulting firm interview when you don’t know anyone who works in a consulting firm? When I first started networking, I did not know anyone who worked in consulting either. In fact, it is not necessary to know someone who works in a [...]

Reader Success Story: I am an avid reader of your emails. Reading your email,forms a mandatory part of my reading list, which also includes Business Week, Economist, FT, Wall Street Journal, and the Quran. I wanted to send you a quick note on how I have been able to secure a McKinsey interview, despite not knowing [...]

I just want to send you a thank you e-mail, as I heavily relied on your preparation sources throughout my interviewing journey. I interviewed last autumn for a post-MBA/PhD position at the top firms in Germany. I applied to nine firms, and I had networked heavily with the four major players here in Germany, which are McKinsey, [...]

Video Tutorial on Networking from a World-Class Networker Important: If you are serious about long-term career success in any field, the video above should be considered mandatory viewing. The video above is hands down the best tutorial I’ve ever seen on networking. I wish I saw it years ago as I would have managed my [...]

When I left McKinsey to start my own company, a number of my McKinsey friends also left to do the same. My two back-to-back startup attempts failed. A number of my McKinsey friends’ startups succeeded, in some cases wildly so (one of them was StubHub). For the first time in my career (and actually life), [...]

Being insightful in a case interview is an important skill, especially as you get in more competitive environments (like a final round interview). Being insightful is analyzing the data and noticing an important relationship that would be significant to the client/CEO. To over generalize, there are three kinds of insights: 1) Positive 2) Avoid a Negative [...]

Consulting is a very competitive field, with most firms receiving tens of thousands of applicants each year. Regardless of one’s natural intellect and career qualifications, I continue to be amazed by the number of emails I receive from people who put in only one or two days of preparation, got rejected and are surprised by [...]

One of the most common questions I am asked is how much time is needed to prepare for case interviews? My response is typically extensive preparation gives you an enormous advantage. The ratio is probably 15:1 or 20:1 in favor of the person who prepares a lot vs. someone who prepares little. Now for some people, [...]

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