Dear all, preplounge has been my most important tool for my interview preparations. Thanks to my extensive preparations on preplounge and approximately 70 meetings, I achieved to receive offers from McKinsey&Company, Bain&Company, Roland Berger and Monitor Deloitte. In my opinion, there is no substitute to practicing actual interviews with peers. Books can only give you theoretical background knowledge that might be useful. Cheers, Florian
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Thanks to PrepLounge I landed job offers from both McKinsey and BCG. Before I was introduced to PrepLounge I read 2 Case Books in order to understand the interview and selection process better. But just with the help of PrepLounge I was able to transfer the theory into practise by doing live case interviews with different case partners and watching PrepLounge videos. What helped me most was the risk free coaching program (Prep4Success). Due to the individual feedback of the expert I was able to work on precise weaknesses and I gained confidence with every practise interview I did.
I first read Victor Cheng's book for some background and to get started. Then I came across PrepLounge videos on YouTube and decided to jump into the deep end and get real practical experience instead of theoretical and passive reading of cases. I can say with 100% conviction that I would not have even passed Round 1 let alone get an offer from BCG without PrepLounge.
As this is my 2nd time applying to Consulting, I know for sure that I was not prepared the first time and real-life practice and help from experts is the only reason I did well this time. While some people think that over-practising can make your analytical abilities go stale, I would argue that there is no such thing as too much practise and there are always mistakes and areas of improvement that you can address with each extra 45 minutes of a case interview. I would recommend using PrepLounge to anyone who is serious about getting a job in Consulting. Practise makes perfect!!
Last year (2012) I got interviews with two Firms (BCG and Bain) and bombed them because despite being well prepared in the theoretical aspects (I have used Case in Point, casebooks from Top10 universities and articles about specific subjects in a variety of sites) I hadn't practice enough real cases with partners.
However, 3 months ago, as I had never applied for McKinsey, I decided focus in this firm and for 1 month I used all spare time I had practicing cases on Preplounge. The theoretical knowledge I had obtained last year plus the experience practicing cases on Preplounge gave me enough knowledge and confidence to succeed in all McKinsey interviews I did.
I would say that the candidate does not need to understand a lot of business concepts in depth to succeed, but understanding this concepts will enrich your speech and make you more confident about what you are saying, so I would recommend doing this, at least for the most frequent concepts in business cases. Nevertheless, since it won't give you an offer in my opinion, the candidate needs to put the most effort in the next step, the practical business cases sessions, and at this point I can't see a better tool to use than Preplounge. It will definitely provide you with the inner skills that the candidate needs to succeed in case interviews.
I got into Mckinsey and will be starting soon.
I'm sending this email to thank you and underline how good your platform is.
I really made it thanks to Preplounge and I mean it. Coming from an IB background I did not know what cases were about and how to start. YouTube videos, being the interviewer and then doing back to backs with people all around the world was the best preparation I could possibly have.
I read case in point and followed the program of Victor Cheng. These sources gave a solid basis for practicing my cases in real life and on PrepLounge. PrepLounge offered me instant friends to practice cases with and discuss related topics of interviewing.
Besides doing cases I have benefited from the math section to train my math.
I am glad to write you my story.
I have started studying for case interviews in June during my last year of MSc and I have read the 3 best-known books for cases preparation.
By the way books are not enough to crack a case, so I failed my first interview with a MBB even though I have practiced with a couple of friends.
Using PrepLounge I have had the opportunity not only to refine my frameworks but also to apply them in tough cases, gaining insights from valuable candidates and skilled trainers.
Conclusion: I got 4 offers and I chose Bain.
Thank you for the support!
Step 1 (Understanding Case Interviews): Read the 'consulting bibles' such as Case in Point by Marc Cosentino and some guides by Victor Cheng to gain a flavour of what case interviews are like. Just a brief read-through should suffice to prevent rote memorising of their suggested frameworks.
Step 2 (Initial Practice for Case Interviews): Scoured for Consulting Case Books from MBA schools (any kind will do) and practice with a few friends who are in the same stages of applications as me (i.e. novice case interviewees). This is the stage where formulaic structures and frameworks are applied to analyse business situations and where the cases are very standard (i.e. profitability decline, what is the issue?) and uncreative.
Step 3 (Engagement with Case Interviews): Attended one of case workshops series held by Imperial Consultancy Society conducted by Dennis (one of the ex-McKinsey Premium experts). A five-week course to understand what McKinsey and other top consulting firms look out for in a case and personal interview with mock practices. Was recommended to try out PrepLounge with a discount code for premium membership. Also applied to more than 20+ consulting firms of all sizes and specialties for formal case interview experiences.
Step 4 (Full Force Practice for Case Interviews): Used PrepLounge and scheduled meetings almost once every two days with different candidates. Important to play both the roles of interviewers and interviewees to learn from others' strengths and mistakes and listen to their useful feedback. Also essential to find reliable and helpful practice candidates who are invested in helping you improve (or finding better cases than what PrepLounge offers). Did about 50+ interviews within two months till the point of being jaded / sick of cracking a case; this is where I became confident with my case skills even in a formal interview setting. The ease and comfort with case interviews will allow me to spend my energy on actually cracking the cases and building rapport with the interviewer instead of being anxious about calculation mistakes and memorising rigid frameworks.
Thanks PrepLounge for supporting a board to find interview practice partners and valuable cases! I finally got an offer at one of the top firms and I recommend everybody to use PrepLounge extremely intensive.
And do not forget: There is also a personal fit part next to the cases that needs a lot of preparation. Therefore, the PrepLounge advice on personal fit interview helped me a lot.
I've received an offer from a MBB in Canada after a short, intensive and ultimately successful prep session with PrepLounge.
After going through some theoretical material on my own, I knew I needed live case cracking sessions but didn't have the partners to practice with... PrepLounge gave me access to a fantastic network of qualified candidates that helped me get interview ready in a matter of weeks and land an offer.
Case partners not only fined tuned my case cracking skills but also shared their interview experience and tips. Some had already passed first rounds at the same firm I would be interviewing with!
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