Congrats for getting into such a competitive company!
First and foremost, please read this article!
This is my consulting survival guide and will help you succeed on the job.
IMPORTANTLY: Know that no-one can perfectly prepare for the job and that's the point: You will mess up, you will learn, you will be trained and supported. That's OK!
Here are some things you need to do/demonstrate:
Master technical skills: Develop strong analytical, problem-solving, and quantitative skills. Excel in using tools and software commonly used in consulting, such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and any relevant industry-specific software.
Be a fast learner: The consulting industry is fast-paced and ever-evolving. Be adaptable and willing to learn quickly to keep up with the latest trends, industry developments, and client needs.
Prioritize client focus: Always be attentive to the needs of your clients and strive to deliver exceptional value. Be proactive in identifying potential issues and provide well-thought-out solutions.
Develop strong communication skills: Effective communication is essential in consulting. Be clear, concise, and articulate in both written and verbal communication. Work on your presentation skills and practice active listening.
Build relationships: Foster strong relationships with your team members, managers, and clients. Be a team player and collaborate effectively with others. Networking within the firm and with clients will be invaluable for your career growth.
Time management and organization: Juggle multiple tasks and deadlines efficiently, and prioritize your workload effectively. Be proactive in managing your schedule and ensuring that you meet project deadlines without compromising quality.
Seek feedback and continuously improve: Actively seek feedback from your managers and team members, and use it to identify areas for improvement. Embrace a growth mindset, and continuously work on refining your skills and overcoming challenges.
Be resourceful and take initiative: Demonstrate the ability to think creatively and find innovative solutions to problems. Don't be afraid to take on new challenges and responsibilities, and always be ready to contribute beyond your assigned tasks.
Maintain a positive attitude: Be resilient and maintain a positive attitude, even when faced with setbacks or difficult situations. Stay professional and composed under pressure.
Demonstrate leadership potential: As you gain experience, show your potential for leadership by mentoring and supporting new team members, taking on additional responsibilities, and displaying confidence and competence in your work.
Be objective-driven: Always make sure that what you are proposing and/or doing is relevant to the case/project you are working on.
Leverage What You Learned When Casing to Thrive on the Job
Third: In terms of doing well in your role when you're there:
1) Understand the context/prompt (what role are you in, what company, who's watching, etc.)
2) Understand the objective (what, specifically, is expected from you...both day to day, and in your overall career progression)
3) Quickly process information, and focus on what's important - Take a lot of information and the unknown, find the most logical path, and focus on that.
4) Be comfortable with the unknown, and learn to brainstorm - think/speak like an expert without being one
In summary, there will always be a flood of information, expectations, competition etc. and not enough time. Find out which ones matter when. (i.e. be visibile and focus efforts on the things that people care about)