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Case Interviews: all you need to know

What is a Case Interview? Case interviews are simply word problems based on real client projects on which the interviewers themselves have worked. The interviewer will be assessing you on several areas that characterise a good consultant, that can be summarised in your ability to solve problems and translate solutions into actionable insights for clients. Is case interview the same as consulting interview? No, it’s not. You will generally have 4-6 interviews in two rounds, with each i...

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How to make the best of the 80-20 rule

Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist who was able to establish, factually, that 80% of lands in Italy was owned by just 20% of the population. Even though the Pareto's principle is only an observation, it has proven itself to be valid in the biological world. In management, for example, it has been observed that 80% of the job is done by 20% of the people, as stated by a quality control expert named Joseph Juran with what he called the rule of the “vital few and the trivial many&rd...

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The consulting coffee chat galateo

You have a look at your calendar and you see a meeting at 2pm, a lecture at 3pm and a consulting coffee chat at 4pm which you totally forgot about.  It is not easy to get hold of consultants from top tier firms, so you need to make sure to make the best of this opportunity. At My Consulting Coach, we like to begin with an end in mind. That’s why we would ask ourselves    What is the purpose of a coffee chat? For most applicants, it will likely be: 1. Giving a go...

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Three things I wished I knew before my final round at McKinsey

I am Edlyn, a recent graduate from University College London determined to become a top strategy consultant. About a year ago, I had my final round at McKinsey and I failed. The reason why I am writing on this blog is that after getting rejected at McKinsey I reached out to My Consulting Coach and they helped me secure an offer from BCG, where I've been working for the last 3 months. So, all's well that ends well? Yes, but I am still disappointed in my performance on the day of the McKinsey F...

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Six tips to succeed in the written case

One of our customers wrote us: I have practised around 100 cases and feel reasonably confident about the verbal case interview. The written case, however, seems like a big and quite scary unknown. I didn’t have the chance to practice much on the written format, so I just hope that what I have been doing to prepare for the verbal cases will be useful. The verbal case study and the written case study are essentially the same concerning logic, structure and analytical thinking. Hence, preparin...

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Starting a case interview on the right foot

Shortlisted candidates for a case study interview must have shown a lot of promise, at least, on paper. However, it is the way they handle small details that often separate the best candidates from “the very best” who manage to get the job. Let’s consider one of them. After an interviewer gives out a case study question, it is a usual practice for candidates to confirm that they have captured all of the details of the case correctly. Some candidates will simply restate everything the in...

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4 obstacles PhDs face in getting into management consulting

Consulting companies are more and more welcoming towards PhDs and other candidates with advanced degrees. Candidates with advanced degrees have been selected carefully by their institutions, shown a strong commitment to further their studies, and tend to be brilliant and sophisticated minds. Usually the story goes like this: PhDs started their studies with everything else but consulting in mind, but at the end of their long and tiring research experience, they discover consulting and are att...

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Five fit interview mistakes nearly every candidate makes

The fit interview is usually the most overlooked step in the consulting interview process. Candidates either ignore the fit interview, thinking that it counts for very little compared with the case interview, or they understate its importance, considering it simply as a box to tick. This is simply wrong. The fit interview is extremely important, usually getting roughly equal weight as the case interview. There is no “average” between case and fit interviews: if you fail either of the two ...

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How to nail the fit interview

WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE FIT INTERVIEW? The fit or personal experience interview is usually the first part of typical consulting interview and lasts anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes. The main objective of a fit interview is assessing whether the candidate has the leadership traits and the motivation that can make him succeed. There are two main areas you’ll be tested on in your fit interview: Leadership, impact and teamwork: You'll be asked to talk about a specific experience th...

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Why you should not use Case in Point to prepare for your consulting interviews

An unofficial survey among aspiring consultants shows that Case in Point clearly stands out as the main preparation resource for aspiring consultants: several applicants used it as their only guidebook and almost all candidates consulted it at a point during their preparation. If something is so popular there must be some good, you could argue. The highlight of Case in Point is the Ivy Case System, basically a collection of 12 frameworks that allegedly cover most situations you could encounte...

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The business case everyone should solve before applying to consulting

You are the ideal candidate for consulting: first class degree in a top British University, internships in one of the most sought after investment banks in the City and strong extracurricular activities. You have a plan to succeed in consulting. Months of case interview sessions thought your School’s consulting club, intensive networking sessions, smart questions asked at McKinsey and Bain presentations…you are fully aware of the odds but you are fully committed to secure th...

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Why all consulting companies are not created equal

You are planning your consulting applications. Probably you are dreaming about McKinsey of BCG, but then you hear someone advising you to apply to smaller consultancies or international consultancies that recently created a new strategy division. It’s the consulting experience after all, they say. Plus you get more exposure in a smaller consultancy and the environment is friendlier. Probably you are still fascinated by the allure of McKinsey, but all in all it doesn’t sound like such a ba...

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