By Stephanie Horn (Managing Consultant) and Matt Strickler (Senior Advisor), Consulting Career Academy at The MBA Exchange This fall, thousands of new MBA students will arrive on campus, excited to begin the next phase of their lives. Many individuals attend business school primarily to switch to a new career path. […]
Consulting firms go to a select list of colleges because they are hiring candidates with strong potential. Top firms take a relatively small class of business analysts and post-MBA associates. While BAs and new associates are usually the most junior member of a team of five or six, they are learning […]
I’m afraid of burning out during my consulting internship. How do I prepare to deal with the stress?
By Stephanie Horn I will be honest with you — consulting companies intentionally try to make the internships as fun as possible so that you will want to come back. So burning out during an internship may be less of an issue than burning out as a full-time associate. I’ll […]
“Do McKinsey interviewers prefer candidates who answer case interview questions in a unique way from everyone else or the tried-and-true methods?”
Stephanie Horn, Managing Consultant at the Consulting Career Academy; Kellogg MBA and former McKinsey consultant, responds to this question posted on Quora. I appreciate your question because it highlights the important distinction between the tangible and intangible parts of the case interview process. In a case interview, the consultant is looking to see how the […]
What is the best way to gather comprehensive information about individual offices at a consulting firm?
A key success factor in getting a consulting offer is matching your skills and abilities not only to the right firm, but often the right office in that firm. Offices can vary dramatically in terms of size, culture, and type of business and when you apply to consulting firms, they […]
When applying for a job at a top-tier consulting firm, you want to maximize your chances for success by working hard on the variables you can control. You can’t control when you’ll be invited to interview, who will interview you, or what the subject matter of the case will be. […]
Your odds of acceptance of applying for a job from the McKinsey, Bain or BCG website are similar to your odds of getting a job from applying to any large company’s website — very low. You can think of a job search where you solely respond to openings on company […]