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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. Being prepared is about so much more than merely knowing the answers. With this article, we hope to provide you enough detail on the factors not relating to the questions but rather the approach you take to responding to them. 

Nothing Is Inconsequential 

You are so focused on everything related to the interview, it is easy to forget about the smaller things that seem so inconsequential, the fact is that everything counts, in one way or another. So you have taken the time to prepare for your case interview. You took practice tests, prepared and practiced case interviews and know what to expect. You are prepared and confident, but you have probably also been wondering about a few things. Like what is the right way to answer a question, or how long your answer should be? Maybe even knowing what information to refer to? 


These are all things that will make you nervous and maybe even leave you feeling unprepared. Having answers to even the least important things, or practicing voice control and how to answer questions confidently and clearly. Taking a few minutes a day to practice the insignificant things will go a long way toward supporting your confidence. 

Start With Confidence

Majority of the interview questions can be divided into one of three categories. These categories are:


  • Why did you choose to consult as a career?
  • Why have you set your sight on that specific company?
  • Who is the person behind the CV?

Taking the time to be prepared for anything is an effective way to walk into the interview confident which definitely comes across in your posture, voice control, eye contact and even your handshake. A confident person can also influence others more easily, which is something your interviewer will definitely take note of. 

Why You Chose Consulting As A Career

Most often this question is answered with the most standard answers which include:

  • The opportunity to work in the industry
  • The chance to resolve problems 
  • Working with creative and diverse people
  • Traveling

Here are a few tips to consider when answering questions about why you chose to consult as a career: Remember, explain your answer. Put the answer first and then take the time to explain the motivation behind your answer. This style of communication is referred to as the pyramid principle. Take the time to explain your motivations and your goals. Support your answers with personal stories. 

For example:

The reason for choosing to consult as a career is that I want to work in a diverse service environment. 

Why choose a diverse environment?

I like change and thrive on achieving the challenge. I like working in an environment that is so diverse in not only industries but also social, cultural and environment. I found while I took a year off after university to travel that I really like meeting different people, experiencing different cultures and being in different environments. In the consulting industry, I can remedy various problems and challenges that will require me to see each challenge with a new purpose. Challenge drives my performance.

Why have you set your sight on that specific company?

Withstanding a few slight differences, the top-tier companies like McKinsey, BCG, and Bain are remarkably similar in the work they do. One distinguishing factor is the culture in each of the companies. It is crucial to be informed and recognize the differences. You should refer to and talk about the unique differences like culture, values and how they align with your personal development goals.

Make sure you take time to get to know the company. Get information through networking and examining the company on their career page.

Who is the person behind the CV?

The most significant thing to remember here is to not quote your CV. The interviewer is already properly informed of the information on your CV, and their questions will be for further details. Your answers should leave a vivid impression of who you are. The objective at this time is to leave the interviewer wanting to learn more about you. This is also your chance to shine and draws attention to reasons and details that support your assurance you will excel in the industry. Describe yourself using three key strengths that define who you are. 

Notes:

  • Take time to practice your communication skills.
  • Allow 1-2 minutes to answer a question. Do not devote more time than needed but also remember to be thorough.
  • Make sure to listen to the question, plan your answers and speak with a pause.
  • Speak fluently and confidently.
  • Keep eye contact. 
  • Keep a professional, approachable posture.
  • Be relaxed but professional.

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