Introductional and CV Questions – How You Should Prepare and Respond
The preparation for your case interview in management consulting requires a lot of work, diligence, perseverance, and discipline. It is not uncommon for many candidates to focus on the case interview itself, without keeping the CV questions in mind. Even if it makes up the smaller part of the interview, it is still equally important in the interviewer's decision as to your case-solving. Within this article, our case interview coach Clara gives you insights into how to answer intro as well as CV questions. You will find several detailed examples including practical hints and solutions.
What to Expect in This Article
- 1. Introduction to FIT – A Key Section of the Interview
- 2. Introduction – What Are “Intro and CV Questions”?
- 2.1 What Are the Interviewer's Goals With These Questions?
- 2.2 Which Communications Techniques Can Be Leveraged?
- 2.3 General Tips When Answering Intro and CV Questions:
- 3. Detailed Example 1: Walk Me Through Your CV
- 3.1 Hints
- 3.2 Short Example
- 4. Detailed Example 2: Tell Me About Yourself
- 4.1 Hints
- 4.2 Example
- 5. Detailed Example 3: Tell Me About the Thing That Makes You Most Proud on Your CV
- 5.1 Hints
- 5.2 Example
- 6. About the Author
In consulting interviews, candidates will usually face two or three on-site rounds of interviews with consultants. This series of 3 expert articles, focused on the preparation of the FIT part, will provide guidance to prepare the initial part of those in-person interviews –of which, normally, the initial 15` will be dedicated to FIT-. Everything you need to know about motivational interview questions and behavioral interview questions is included in my other two articles.
Although many candidates underestimate FIT and focus their preparation on business cases, FIT is as important to be prepared as business cases. In consulting interviews, FIT is an in-depth assessment of your skillset, not a standard motivational interview.
The importance of the FIT interview derives from the job description and required skillset of a consultant, not limited to analytical and problem-solving skills, but also encompassing team and client management abilities. These last two cannot be tested through business cases, hence the importance of FIT.