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    ▶ HIRING SEASON SPECIAL! 25% off your Premium Membership! ◀

    Hiring Timeline MBB preplounge
    Most recent answer 8 hours ago
    Christine
    Admin
    asked 13 hours ago
    PrepLounge Community & Marketing Manager
    Dear PrepLounge Community,  you probably all know that fall season is the hot season for hires in management consulting! We want to support you as much as possible during this hot phase, which is why we have come up with a great deal. ▶ Get 25% off any Premium Membership  ▶ From Monday, September 20th until Monday, September 27th, 2021 ▶  Use the code HIRE25 during the checkout process    Don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any further questions. We wish you much success with your upcoming interviews. You can do it! Christine PrepLounge Community Management Follow us on: Facebook |  ... (read entire question)
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    ▶ New on PrepLounge: Consulting Project Simulations ◀

    consulting project preplounge projects
    Most recent answer 1 hour ago
    Christine
    Admin
    asked on Aug 31, 2021
    PrepLounge Community & Marketing Manager
    Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your time on PrepLounge and that your case interview preparation is successful so far! I have some great news for you: We just launched a new product on PrepLounge: Project Simulations.  The project simulations allow you to go through interactive projects and get to know different industries and topics in order to prepare for your career in management consulting. We have prepared nine projects that will enable you to simulate your work on the job!  If you are really keen to be the first one to try the project simulations, send me a private message! I will ... (read entire question)
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    McKinsey Final Round

    McKinsey 2nd Round
    Most recent answer 2 hours ago
    Anonymous A asked 3 hours ago
    Hi all,  I had my final round of interviews at McKinsey on Friday. There were three in total (partner, associate partner and engagement manager) for the London office. Think I did well in the partner and EM interviews b ... (read entire question)
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    London office sector/practice reputations

    practice sector
    Most recent answer 5 hours ago
    Anonymous A asked on Sep 19, 2021
    Hi, which firms have noticeably strong reputations in particular sectors or practice in the London office? E.g. I've heard OW is strong in FIG, EY-Parthenon in education, Kearney in supply chain optimisation, etc. Are t ... (read entire question)
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    How common are foreign hires in the U.S. MBB offices?

    MBB second language
    Most recent answer 5 hours ago
    Anonymous A asked 20 hours ago
    I'm from a non-English speaking country (Germany) and have worked in a boutique consulting firm in NYC for the past two years (note: I do not require visa sponsorship). My English is good, but you can tell I'm not a nat ... (read entire question)
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    Is now a good time to apply to apply for consulting positions as an experienced hire at MBB?

    Application MBB Interview
    Most recent answer 5 hours ago
    The best answer (15 hours ago) is from:
    Florian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    #1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | Imbellus Expert
    Florian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer 15 hours ago
    #1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | Imbellus Expert
    Hey there, Generally, it's a very good time. McKinsey's global recruiting director stated in February that they are planning to hire more people this year than ever before. I would assume it's the same across MBB, with ... (read entire answer)
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    5 hours ago
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    Does BCG also have an application ban like McKinsey?

    BCG BCG McKinsey and Bain McKinsey
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (15 hours ago) is from:
    Florian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    #1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | Imbellus Expert
    Florian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer 15 hours ago
    #1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | Imbellus Expert
    Hey there, Yes. If you are banned make sure to improve 2 of the 4 metrics on your resume: Academics Work experience Extracurricular activities Experience abroad Cheers, Florian
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    6 hours ago
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    work accomodations - mbb

    Client and MBB
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 16, 2021) is from:
    Mariam
    CoachingPlus Expert
    Ex-Bain | ~5 years of consulting experience in the Middle East (UAE) | 4 years of candidate coaching with Bain
    Mariam
    CoachingPlus Expert
    gave the best answer on Sep 16, 2021
    Ex-Bain | ~5 years of consulting experience in the Middle East (UAE) | 4 years of candidate coaching with Bain
    It depends on the firm and the home office. For Bain Middle East office, all consultants were given an allowance during the pandemic to be used for “home office setup” (e.g. monitor, ergonomic chair, headphones, etc.) I ... (read entire answer)
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    6 hours ago
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    How much lead time is expected from application to interviews?

    application process
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 16, 2021) is from:
    Ian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Ian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer on Sep 16, 2021
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Hi there, I generally advise my candidates to apply when they are 80% ready. The lead time can be as short as 2 weeks, so one must feel “about ready” when they apply. Based on your context, you should probably be applyi ... (read entire answer)
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    6 hours ago
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    Imbellus

    Imbellus Interview McKinsey McKinsey McKinsey Imbellus McKinsey Imbellus test
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 17, 2021) is from:
    Hagen
    Expert
    Bain & Company Project Leader | 200+ interviews conducted | 5+ years of coaching and mentoring
    Hagen
    Expert
    gave the best answer on Sep 17, 2021
    Bain & Company Project Leader | 200+ interviews conducted | 5+ years of coaching and mentoring
    Hi there, This is indeed an interesting question which is probably relevant for quite a lot of users, so I'm happy to give you my perspective on that: From the experience of coachees of mine and of my personal network, ... (read entire answer)
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    6 hours ago
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    Resume Typo

    MBB Resume
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 17, 2021) is from:
    Ian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Ian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer on Sep 17, 2021
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Hi there, Honestly, I think you should leave it. This is not something that will be noticed. However, if you're really uncomfortable/worried about leaving it in, contact HR and ask if you can resubmit/update the resume.
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    6 hours ago
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    How To Ask For Declined Offer Back?

    job Job offer
    Most recent answer 7 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 19, 2021) is from:
    Calvin
    Expert
    Experienced interviewer | Roland Berger Project Manager| Cambridge University | Super intuitive approach
    Calvin
    Expert
    gave the best answer on Sep 19, 2021
    Experienced interviewer | Roland Berger Project Manager| Cambridge University | Super intuitive approach
    This is very tricky, unfortunately. You would need a very good reason (which only you know best). You could still check if they are still interested in hiring you. What's the worst that can happen? Them saying “no”…
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    7 hours ago
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    Mckinsey First Round - Haven't heard back

    McKinsey first round
    Most recent answer 7 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 19, 2021) is from:
    Francesco
    Expert
    Content Creator
    #1 Expert for Coaching Sessions (3.600+) | 1.300+ Reviews with 100% Recommendation Rate | Ex BCG | 8+ Years of Coaching
    Francesco
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer on Sep 19, 2021
    #1 Expert for Coaching Sessions (3.600+) | 1.300+ Reviews with 100% Recommendation Rate | Ex BCG | 8+ Years of Coaching
    Hi there, Really difficult to say: Usually, the earlier you hear back, the better However, there could be several reasons why the feedback may be postponed (busy consultants, delays in completing the process for other c ... (read entire answer)
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    7 hours ago
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    CV for application

    Bain BCG CV McKinsey
    Most recent answer 7 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 19, 2021) is from:
    Ian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Ian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer on Sep 19, 2021
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Hi there, I give “quick tips” for free. That is, whatever I see in a quick minute, I'll let you know.
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    7 hours ago
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    MBB Salary upgrades?

    BCG McKinsey and Bain compensation MBA
    Most recent answer 7 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 19, 2021) is from:
    Hagen
    Expert
    Bain & Company Project Leader | 200+ interviews conducted | 5+ years of coaching and mentoring
    Hagen
    Expert
    gave the best answer on Sep 19, 2021
    Bain & Company Project Leader | 200+ interviews conducted | 5+ years of coaching and mentoring
    Hi there, This is indeed an interesting question which is probably relevant for quite a lot of users, so I am happy to provide my perspective on it: Based on the experiences of coachees of mine and my personal network, ... (read entire answer)
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    7 hours ago
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    Imbellus results

    Imbellus Imbellustestresult McKinsey Imbellus
    Most recent answer 7 hours ago
    The best answer (15 hours ago) is from:
    Florian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    #1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | Imbellus Expert
    Florian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer 15 hours ago
    #1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | Imbellus Expert
    Hey there, Some candidates receive a score without any context which is equally useful as an email with no score.  Most receive a simple rejection email. Cheers, Florian
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    7 hours ago
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    McKinsey ban?

    McKinsey
    Most recent answer 8 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 19, 2021) is from:
    Francesco
    Expert
    Content Creator
    #1 Expert for Coaching Sessions (3.600+) | 1.300+ Reviews with 100% Recommendation Rate | Ex BCG | 8+ Years of Coaching
    Francesco
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer on Sep 19, 2021
    #1 Expert for Coaching Sessions (3.600+) | 1.300+ Reviews with 100% Recommendation Rate | Ex BCG | 8+ Years of Coaching
    Hi there, A ban is a freezing period during which you cannot apply (and if you do, you automatically get rejected). Usually you have: 1-year ban: for internships and/or you had a good performance and were close to a pas ... (read entire answer)
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    8 hours ago
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    Strategy&

    Cases Practice cases strategy&
    Most recent answer 8 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 18, 2021) is from:
    Hagen
    Expert
    Bain & Company Project Leader | 200+ interviews conducted | 5+ years of coaching and mentoring
    Hagen
    Expert
    gave the best answer on Sep 18, 2021
    Bain & Company Project Leader | 200+ interviews conducted | 5+ years of coaching and mentoring
    Hi there, Complementary to what other coaches said, I would like to add the following aspects: The overall recruiting process at S& is very similar to the ones of MBB and other Tier 2 consulting companies. Thus, unl ... (read entire answer)
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    8 hours ago
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    Roland Berger MENA

    consulting
    Most recent answer on Sep 19, 2021
    The best answer (on Sep 19, 2021) is from:
    Ian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Ian
    Expert
    Content Creator
    gave the best answer on Sep 19, 2021
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Hi there, Your approach to preparing for RB should not be particularly different to your approach for any other strategy consulting interview. Learn a wide array of case types, industries, and scenarios that might come ... (read entire answer)
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    Knowledge sharing platforms

    consulting firms
    Most recent answer on Sep 19, 2021
    The best answer (on Sep 18, 2021) is from:
    Sofia
    Expert
    McKinsey San Francisco | Harvard graduate | 5+ years of coaching | >90% candidate success rate | Personalized approach
    Sofia
    Expert
    gave the best answer on Sep 18, 2021
    McKinsey San Francisco | Harvard graduate | 5+ years of coaching | >90% candidate success rate | Personalized approach
    Hello, In my experience working at McKinsey, this was for client confidentiality reasons. I believe in most projects you have to sign some paperwork saying that only sanitized data can be shared outside the project itse ... (read entire answer)
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