There’s a joke within McKinsey on how to solve a case. Here’s the case: A client is considering entering XYZ market segment because their core market is shrinking. What do you do? Candidate / 1st Year Consultant: “My hypothesis is they should enter the market. For that to be true, four key factors must be [...]

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, [...]

Below is a field report from a reader of mine who recently started working at BCG after a year at a Big 4 Accounting Firm. Here’s my comparison of consulting in a Big 4 Accounting firm and at BCG (note from Victor while this readers experience is specific to BCG it can apply to McKinsey [...]

One of the skills that’s being tested during a case interview is something I call data sufficiency. Basically, you have a bunch of data and the question is do you have ENOUGH data to make a particular conclusion. This is certainly something that is tested during a live, in-person, face-to-face case interview. It is also [...]

This McKinsey F1Y’s story reminds us how important practice and prep work is in securing an offer. Success Story: I wanted to shoot you an email to let you know that I just received an offer for an Associate position with McKinsey. It was the culmination of nearly three months of near-constant preparation, not only [...]

Success Story: I just received (and accepted) my offer from McKinsey in Dubai and thought I would take a minute to give credit where credit is due and perhaps ask for you advice. First off, let me say that I’m a big fan of all of your materials and I am confident that using them [...]

Success Story: THANK YOU! I finished 1st in McKinsey Budapest’s case study competition. In the first round we had to write the PST, and 24 out of 110 students qualified to compete in the oral part, which was a presentation-only case interview (with prep time of 3 hours). This recent success reminded me how lucky [...]

Question: First of all thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge over the web, it has given me the courage and confidence to challenge what I thought would be impossible. My question is about applying to multiple firms, and internationally – the process itself, advantages, and disadvantages (particularly with regards to MBB). I’m [...]

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