Yes. Although the consulting companies will claim that they are hiring throughout the year - at the end of the day its the supply and demand problem
Yes, definitely. Some offices are particularly hard to get into (London, NY, San Francisco).
In my experience coaching people all over the world for a few years now, id also argue some countries are "easier" to get in - but please understand that doesnt mean they are "easy". It is all a matter of degree... and you wod need to speak the native language anyway
I have actually heard a different answer from a couple of Mckinsey employees. Would love to hear your thoughts on it: I was told its a lot harder to get into smaller offices such as Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, etc. due to a significantly lower amount of work/projects available. Thus their selection process is rather rigorous and they make sure they really get the best of the best. Unlike in London, where they have large turnover rates, high fluctuation and need for new talent pretty much always.