I worked for 2.5 years for McKinsey and was repeatedly rated as one of their top consultants. During my time at McKinsey, I helped numerous friends in their case preparation and landing offers at the top consultancies (not only McKinsey but also BCG and Bain). My friends told me how my coaching brought them to the next level and made them understand what they needed to do in order to pass the interviews.
Having recently left McKinsey, I am now able to provide coaching not only to my friends but also to upcoming consultants who may face barriers in having crucial insights about the case interviews. I have observed that the case knowledge often resides in "network islands," limiting its availability to those with connections in top firms. People that do not have this network often do not pass the interviews, even though there are perfectly qualified and equally (if not more) talented than the people who pass. My goal is to level the playing field and empower all candidates to excel in their interviews and to secure the positions they deserve.
About the coaching
The interview process assesses your potential as a consultant and your fit within the consultancy's culture. The most effective way to showcase your abilities to be a great consultant is to embody the behavior of a second-year consultant. My coaching is designed to identify your existing skills (e.g., story-lining, structuring, client interaction) and to equip you to reach the level of a second-year consultant. If we are not able to cover everything in the coaching, I will help you in crafting a plan to work on the identified areas. I will also help you showcase your cultural fit.
In my coaching, I will teach you my three secret ingredients for a successful case interview:
- Winning over the interviewer: Consulting is primarily about people. In real consulting settings, having a great relationship with your client is the most important pillar to deliver a successful project! This can be transferred to cases as well. If you build a great relationship with your interviewer within the first five minutes, you will not only have demonstrated the most important consulting skill but the interviewer will also help you solve the case.
(I build such a great relationship with two of my interviewers that they made sure that I would join one of their studies when I started – and that was 6 months after the interview)
- Impressing with a kick-ass structure: If you have won over the interviewer, the next important part is to show that you have the required problem-solving skills. However, structuring a case does not only showcase your analytical capabilities, but it also shows that you can work with little guidance. Specifically, for project managers, it is important to have fellow consultants that they know will be able to dissect any problem into pieces and start solving it independently.
(In fact, I had a partner stopping after my structure with the words “You got this, let’s talk about something else”)
- Bringing it home: After steps 1 and 2 the interviewer will already have passed you to the next stage in his/her head. Step 3 is, therefore, not about impressing the interviewer anymore, but to avoid big mistakes. Due to steps 1 and 2, you can count on the support of your interviewer and that he/she will forgive small mistakes. There are several red flags that interviewers have in their minds, and I will teach you how to avoid them.
(My first interviewer gave me the answer to a calculation with the words “Let’s not spend time on the calculation, I trust that you can calculate. I am curious what other ideas you have”)
One last note: The coaching will not only help you land your offer but also excel in your first year on the job!
100% money-back guarantee
If you are not happy with the coaching, I will directly refund the money while we are in our coaching session.