LumCO, a company producing injection-molded components for lighting applications, has operated successfully in its native European market. The company wants to open up one production facility each in China and the United States and establish their own distribution network in both countries to serve ... Open whole case
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About Roland Berger
What started out as a one-man company in Munich 1976 is one of the leading strategy consulting firms worldwide today: Roland Berger has over 50 offices in 36 countries.
Roland Berger’s clientele consists of top-notch industry and service companies and public institutions. The consultancy supplies solutions for any question in the spectrum of strategic management and counsels its clients in terms of strategy orientation, implementation of new business concepts or business processes. Also, when it comes to questions on organisational structure or technological strategy, Roland Berger always supplies competent answers.
In cooperation with every client, Roland Berger develops custom-fit concepts which exactly suit the needs of the respective corporation. As a consultant at Roland Berger, you will feel committed to the fundamental values of the company: entrepreneurship, excellence and empathy.
Career at Roland Berger
In order to successfully prove yourself as part of the team of Roland Berger you’ll need personality. The credo in this case is “It’s character that creates impact!” Are you ready to live by this motto? Did you enjoy an academic education and already had a chance to collect international as well as practical experience? Then nothing will stand in the way of your application at Roland Berger.
At the consulting firm, you start off with a kick-off seminar, which will take place over the course of two weeks. Here, you’ll learn more about the enterprise’s philosophy and working processes and of course, meet your new colleagues. Roland Berger offers you excellent opportunities to improve your qualifications and plan your career individually. Courses on management topics and techniques will supply you with the necessary know-how for your everyday work as a consultant and the next level of your career. In addition to that, you will work on your social, personal and leadership skills in advanced training classes.
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Hi, Your domain should not necessarily be in business. However, what's important - it should be outstanding (have achievements in the field). Also think of the referral. There are certain criter... (more)
Your domain should not necessarily be in business. However, what's important - it should be outstanding (have achievements in the field).
Also think of the referral. There are certain criteria for the referral:
- The consultant makes you a reference in the system and uploads your resume. Usually, he has to indicate why he thinks you are a good candidate
- You skip some steps in the recruiting process (CV screening at McK, Test at Bain)
- The consultant gets a referral bonus ($) if you get a job offer
As you can see simply mentioning a person in your CL does not change the process at all.
The conversion to reference will be higher among consultant / manager level people who are still interested in the referral bonus. The basic idea is to ask these people for a mock interview.
Here are some tips on how you can do that:
1) Leverage your own network - find friends or friends of friends who can practice cases with you or make you a reference.
2) Attend company events. Consulting companies do a lot of events both for graduates and experienced hires. Find the social network groups related to consulting or websites, subscribe to newsletters and stay tuned. Also, check if they have events in your University since you are a PHD.
While some of the events will be open to everyone, others will require a resume and a cover letter, so make sure to prep.
3) Talk to people on the events and send Thank You notes. After each event, there is a Q&A session where you can talk to consultants 1 on 1 or in a group. Ask for contact info or send a thank you note after the event ("I just wanted to thank you for visiting our University... It was especially interesting to hear about... Would be happy to keep in touch and apply in the nearest future.). Alternatively, you may use linkedin for that. If you are an experienced hire I strongly suggest to ask for a 1 on 1 meeting in a thank you note.
4) 1 on 1 meetings. All people like giving an advice. So don't hesitate to ask consultants for a career advice. Tell your story and ask how consulting fits into it
5) Mock interview Depending on where you are in your prep process you may ask a consultant for a mock interview. Consultants are very much opened to help even if it is a cold call e-mail. The main problem is a lack of time on their side. So don't be afraid to remind about yourself if the consultant has already committed but finds it hard to find the time
6) Talking to partners If you are an experienced hire I suggest to talk directly to the partners in your industry or the partner responsible for experienced hires (in consulting partners also have additional roles). Get an intro from the HR or from your friends working there. Partners care a lot about experienced hires with relevant industry expertise. Chances to get referral are much lower though. They also will not be interested in giving mock interviews.
7) If you are an MBA graduate Just talk to your section mates and ask for a reference or a mock interview - they will be happy to help. Make sure you attend all the consulting events.
The greatest accomplishments come from temporary defeat. 1) Try new tactics and and learning methods to really learn what you're doing wrong 2) Don't put all your eggs into the MBB basket - appl... (more)
The greatest accomplishments come from temporary defeat.
1) Try new tactics and and learning methods to really learn what you're doing wrong
2) Don't put all your eggs into the MBB basket - apply to other consulting firms (there ar elots of great ones) as well as other jobs that interest you
Hi Smreeti, Send it through and I'll give some quick feedback
Send it through and I'll give some quick feedback
Hi, Yes, in fact I have done the same today when I interviewed upcoming interns. The main reason is that interviewers typically have 2 3 different cases, thus they don't want you to share the solut... (more)
Yes, in fact I have done the same today when I interviewed upcoming interns. The main reason is that interviewers typically have 2 3 different cases, thus they don't want you to share the solutions to other applicants.