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The Bain Online Test: How to Prepare (2019 update)

When you apply to Bain, you might be asked to complete one or more online tests before you are invited to interview. Note that whether this is required and the precise format of any tests will vary depending on the office and the precise position you are applying for.Here, we'll quickly run through what exactly the Bain Online Test is before giving some pointers on how you can best prepare to pass with flying colours and move one step closer to landing that dream job!

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Big 4 vs. Big 3

As many readers will already know, traditionally the Big 4 firms specialise in accountancy, whilst Big 3/MBB firms focus on management consulting. However, increasingly these firms are all moving towards offering more comprehensive ranges of services. As such, Big 4 firms now integrate management consulting divisions. Similarly, Big 3 firms have broadened their repertoire beyond merely providing advice into various aspects of implementation.

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What to Wear to a Consulting Interview

Picture this - you have put in the time and are totally prepared for an interview at your dream consulting firm. You've been through our MCC Academy course in full, getting to grips with all the necessary theory and skills and learning how to solve cases properly. You have also prepped for fit questions and have a compelling narrative explaining why you are perfect for the job. In the run-up to today, you have practiced extensively with peers and even with real consultants and can now confidentl...

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A Guide to Preparing for You McKinsey Interviews

In order to stand out as the best in a very strong field of applicants at the hiring offices of McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Deloitte, and other top firms flooded with candidates with a range of experience, thorough preparation is essential. The interviewer’s questions are designed to weed out those who very obviously haven't prepared for the interview process. My Consulting Coach knows this -- our team roster includes former consultants who conducted the inter...

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The Importance Of A Successful Internship

Many interns kickstart their internships with a significant number of key goals and intended objectives in mind. Often, the most common being proving their academic skills and sufficiently impressing the organization's management over the course of the internship. The ultimate goal for most interns is to successfully secure a long-term position with the organization. 

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Communicate like a consultant - The Rule of Three

Ask any good consultant or public speaker about the rule of three and their eyes will light up - How can you master this powerful tool?

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The Differences Between PwC Consulting And Strategy&

This is a question that seems to come up quite often, however it is also one that is not always answered completely or accurately. We have sourced key information from a variable number of valuable resources and combined this information into an easy to use summary for your information. 

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Preparing For Digital McKinsey

If you are preparing for a case interview with Digital McKinsey, you are most likely wondering if there are differences in terms of preparation. Are the interviews different to the generalist McKinsey interviews? Are there specific cases you should focus on? What type of PEI questions can you expect? We have gathered information from a number of resources and put together some information to support you in preparing for Digital McKinsey. 

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Best Internships To Impress MBB Recruiters

An internship can represent an extremely valuable way for a student to give not only improves their experience but also improves their resume. It is a valuable experience and can be the core foundation of your career path. There are a number of benefits for college students or recent graduates to participating in an internship in the consulting field. It not only provides you the chance to experience your career path from a true perspective but also arms you with knowledge and the power of confi...

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Spoilt For Choice: McKinsey, BCG or Bain?

Congratulations! Your hard work and perseverance has paid off and getting offers from more than one MBB, which is an impressive achievement. Right now you will be taking an extremely significant step and choosing the offer best suited for you. There are a number of factors to take into consideration, and we are hoping to provide you with some guidance to assist you in making your decision. You worked hard to get here. It took planning, practice and much effort. Taking the time to research, compa...

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All You Need To Know About Selection Criteria In McKinsey, BCG and Bain

Although in some instances, the selection criteria may seem similar, there are also clear differences between the 3 organizations. Differences in criteria are also influenced by a number of factors and can range from more stringent academic requirements to your employment history and previous experience.

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From Application To Offer: The Timeline Of The Recruitment Process

McKinsey have developed an efficient, quality driven application and interview process which is particularly objective and consistent. This means that the thousands of resumes that are reviewed and processed every year are thoroughly and professionally handled. Applying and going through the process can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Not knowing what to expect, how long to wait or when to start preparing can be unnerving. We have included some information and a general timeline t...

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How To Approach A Bain Written Case

Although the actual case format can differ from one firm to the next, preparation and practice is key to solving the case. Whether the firm is using a self-developed or standard GMAT test, your preparation plan should be more about enhancing your skills and knowledge in general than focusing in on a specific format or industry. Plan your practice on improving the skills you will need as a consultant rather than focusing in on any one specific case will provide you the confidence needed to delive...

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Brainstorming For Consulting

Traditional brainstorming meetings are still one of the most conventional ways of generating ideas and solving problems in companies across the globe. With traditional brainstorming, participants of the sessions simply contribute ideas at random but remain an essential way to bring together diverse ideas and recommendations. Brainstorming sessions can be structured or unstructured. Many believe that unstructured brainstorming is a tremendous waste of creativity and potential. When you brainstorm...

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Differences Between Interviewing At Roland Berger And Other Companies

The one thing that you need to remember is that interviews will differ from one consulting company to the next. In some instances there will be clear, vast differences, in others there are only small variations that can be noted. The fact is that each company has their own visions, values, and approach to the interviewing process. The most practical advice to anyone preparing for interviews with various companies is to structure your approach to solving the case, rather than focus in on one spec...

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Differences Between Interviewing At Roeland Berger And Other Companies

The one thing that you need to remember is that interviews will differ from one consulting company to the next. In some instances there will be clear, vast differences, in others there are only small variations that can be noted. The fact is that each company has their own visions, values, and approach to the interviewing process. The most practical advice to anyone preparing for interviews with various companies is to structure your approach to solving the case, rather than focus in on one spec...

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Advice On Understanding Charts

A vast portion of a consultant’s career is spent analyzing data and summarizing information and facts. Being able to turn graphs and tables into comprehensive information is important but even more so, being able to identify and draw insights from the information. A few minutes into your interview, the recruiter slides a chart across the table and asks you share the insights that you can draw from the information contained in the chart, are you prepared enough to respond to the questions complet...

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How to answer 'Why McKinsey/BCG/Bain' questions.

Preparing for your interview is not only about being prepared or informed and knowing what to answer but also about possessing confidence. If you are stepping into the interview, you want to be prepared. It is critical you have taken the time to prepare. Knowing what to expect and, follow the process and how knowing how to utilize your knowledge, means you will step into the interview confident and positive. 

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How to Come Up With Compelling ‘Personal Impact’ Stories For McKinsey PEI

Every interview at McKinsey will start off with questions relating to your personal experience. This is referred to as PEI (Personal Experience Interview). Your personal impact skills are what enable you to promote your vision and persuade a client to organize and operate their business in a certain way. The PEI questions represent an opportunity for you to present your key performance skills and showcase your own personal accomplishments and achievements. This document aims to support you in pr...

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First and Second Round Interviews: Main Differences

Whether it is your first or second interview, understanding the differences between the two interviews can provide you a more valuable indication of how to prepare. It is vital to remember that these differences are influenced by a number of factors. Therefore, the information that follows is strictly prepared for the purpose of offering you a guideline on preparing for the interview. 

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