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Consulting Interviews - Any and all tips appreciated

Postby Transferthrowaway » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:37 pm

Tapping TLS for my significant other to see if there is any knowledge re: consulting. SO will be coming out of TFA and applying through those channels.

Anything in particular that should be in the cover letter? Really, any advice/experience you can give about Monitor/BCG/Mckinsey would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Consulting Interviews - Any and all tips appreciated

Postby Grizz » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:49 pm

If you were truly ALPHA you would be tapping DAT ASS

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Postby Transferthrowaway » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:51 pm

Grizz wrote:If you were truly ALPHA you would be tapping DAT ASS

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Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:03 pm

OP, are you talking management consulting? If so, get yourself a good case book and do many, many practice cases and enlist your friends/career services people to listen to your answers. I've been in a couple of consulting interviews and I found cases to be tough. If you do enough prep, you'll see there's a formula for answering many of the cases. Don't forget that interviewers care less about the answer you arrive at, and more about your thought process. Some interviews can be group interviews--they're testing how you work collaboratively but productively, so don't forget your manners and your tactful leadership skills. Hope you like powerpoint.

some case books:

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Point-Comple ... 0971015821 <--- this is the one that most people in my undergrad used, and most of them now work at McKinsey. Just saying.

http://www.amazon.com/Ace-Your-Case-Con ... 1582070091

http://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-Cons ... 0324290195

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Postby Patriot1208 » Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:19 pm

As far as what to put in the cover letter, make it about what sets you apart. If you have something that shows off your quantitative skills mention that. If you have something that shows off your leadership ability, mention that. In general consulting firms are very whorish when it comes to gpa and standardized test scores, so those essentially matter the most. But if you can network, outline specific things that set you apart, and have at least requisite stats you should be able to get interviews. And of course the case interviews are tough, practice with others and go through case in point.

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Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:27 am

Anyone know: do consulting firms hire during 3L? Are you meant to do your 2L summer with them first? If so, that seems dangerous to me, since you lose out on big law.

I would love to land a consulting offer as a 3L though, and compare it to my hoped-for firm offer.

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Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:32 am

Anonymous User wrote:Anyone know: do consulting firms hire during 3L? Are you meant to do your 2L summer with them first? If so, that seems dangerous to me, since you lose out on big law.

I would love to land a consulting offer as a 3L though, and compare it to my hoped-for firm offer.


It's usually possible to split 2L summer with biglaw/consulting -- MBB can be very accommodating with their summer schedules if they want you.

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Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:13 am

I'm not a disgruntled ex-consultant or anything, but I saw some friends work 80-100 hour work weeks and traveling all the time, so I'd caution aspiring consultants to do enough research about the demands of the job and the toll on your lifestyle before diving in. It's true that you'll probably gain some invaluable skills, make great connections, and open yourself up to some great exit options (from the big 3 firms, anyway). To me, however, it wouldn't be worth it. I'd much rather spend my 100 hour work weeks cooped up in an office near wall street doing someone else's BlueBooking :lol:




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