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    UPDATE and LAST CALL: Imbellus Combo: Guide + Videos by Francesco

    Imbellus McKinsey McKinsey Imbellus McKinsey Imbellus test McKinsey problem solving game
    Christine asked 12 minutes ago
    Christine
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    Hi everyone! We hope you enjoy your time on PrepLounge and that your case prep is going well!If you are currently preparing for the McKinsey Imbellus Test, we have great news for you! Francesco, author of several of our preparation materials on PrepLounge, has updated his Imbellus Combo with 6 new videos on the Plant Defense game and new information for all the 5 possible Imbellus games! With this new version you will: Find out how to resist 25+ turns in the plant defense Game instead of the recommended 15 Get access to a new Automated Excel with Formulas, helping you to build a Food Chain in ... (read entire question)
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    Improving profitability

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    The best answer (8 hours ago) is from:
    Ian
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    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Ian
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    gave the best answer 8 hours ago
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Hi there, Yes, absolutely you can! Profitability (not profits) can be grown through price increases, prodeuct mix changes, absolute cost reductions, AND scale advantages (i.e. economies of scale from increasing volume)
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    Finding former MBB consultants

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    Anonymous A asked 17 hours ago
    Hello all, I have a few quick questions and I apologize if it's out of place. How can I find former MBB consultants who are currently doing freelance consulting? Thank you  
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    Entering MBB

    Bain & Company BCG McKinsey
    Most recent answer 6 minutes ago
    The best answer (12 hours ago) is from:
    Cristian
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    McKinsey / Oxford grad / ex Firm mock interviewer & internal training faculty / top 25% best consultants in the Firm
    Cristian
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    gave the best answer 12 hours ago
    McKinsey / Oxford grad / ex Firm mock interviewer & internal training faculty / top 25% best consultants in the Firm
    Wow! What a great question! I don’t think I have the space here to write all that I’d want to say, so I’ll keep it short. But first and foremost, congrats! Here’s 3 tips: # Stand for something - develop a value proposit ... (read entire answer)
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    Referrals for campus roles (UK)

    campus recruiting Referral
    Most recent answer 60 minutes ago
    Anonymous A asked 22 hours ago
    Hi, I've heard of referrals being important for experienced hires to be invited to interviews, but was wondering if the same applied to campus/graduate, on-cycle candidates? Can recent university graduates be referred f ... (read entire question)
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    How to arrange networking call sequence?

    Referral
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    Anonymous A asked 15 hours ago
    I'm currently networking aggressively to try to schedule a referral. Usually I start from more junior ones first, as I want to understand the firm more and avoid dumb questions asked to seniors.  The problem I'm facing ... (read entire question)
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    Application to BCG Middle East & Case Prep

    BCG bcg Dubai Cover letter dubai oil & gas renewable
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 24, 2021) is from:
    Ian
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    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Ian
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    gave the best answer on Sep 24, 2021
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Hi there, 100%! Absolutely advise you to add this, especially as the Middle East (Led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia) start to invest more and more of their O&G profits into renewables. That said, the major focus of yo ... (read entire answer)
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    How to elegantly imply that you accept the correction in case interview?

    Case Interview
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 24, 2021) is from:
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    Experienced interviewer | Roland Berger Project Manager| Cambridge University | Super intuitive approach
    Calvin
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    gave the best answer on Sep 24, 2021
    Experienced interviewer | Roland Berger Project Manager| Cambridge University | Super intuitive approach
    “Yes you're right. That's an important element to consider” “Yes, that's also an important point to consider" Psychologically by adding a “yes” at the front, it creates a positive spin and dilutes the fact that you miss ... (read entire answer)
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    Kearney London office

    A.T. Kearney ATKearney Fresh Graduate graduate program London UK
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 27, 2021) is from:
    Francesco
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    #1 Expert for Coaching Sessions (3.600+) | 1.300+ Reviews with 100% Recommendation Rate | Ex BCG | 8+ Years of Coaching
    Francesco
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    gave the best answer on Sep 27, 2021
    #1 Expert for Coaching Sessions (3.600+) | 1.300+ Reviews with 100% Recommendation Rate | Ex BCG | 8+ Years of Coaching
    Hi there, I agree with the other coaches, the best thing is to check with HR. If all the other companies have deadlines in October it seems unlikely the deadline passed already, but if there is no information available ... (read entire answer)
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    GRE OR GMAT

    Actively preparing for interviews with Bain and BCG and Bain BA BCG career progression Client and MBB GMAT MBA The Boston Consulting Group
    Most recent answer 6 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 26, 2021) is from:
    Agrim
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    ex-BCG Dubai PL | 100% Personalised Coaching | 2021 Real Cases only | 6+ years in Consulting
    Agrim
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    gave the best answer on Sep 26, 2021
    ex-BCG Dubai PL | 100% Personalised Coaching | 2021 Real Cases only | 6+ years in Consulting
    GMAT should be more helpful in securing the MBA. If you get an MBA without GMAT - its not going to be a deal-breaker in recruiting. Although a high-score MBA ‘can’ be a plus in recruiting. So there is no downside in not ... (read entire answer)
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    Who has had a decisive influence on your life? How?

    PrepLounge: Personal Fit
    Most recent answer 7 hours ago
    Anonymous B gave the best answer on Oct 04, 2019
    I have been influenced by a friend of mine who inspired me for his determination in achieving results. No matter how difficult is the goal, if you work hard you can achieve it. I learned from him not to complain about h ... (read entire answer)
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    What is the salary range for Experienced Consultant and Senior Consultant at Arthur D Little in Dubai?

    ADLittle dubai Middle East
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    Anonymous A asked 17 hours ago
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    Roland Berger vs Kearney [QATAR]

    doha Kearney Middle East Qatar Roland Berger Roland Berger Middle east
    Most recent answer 7 hours ago
    Camilla asked 21 hours ago
    Hello guys Roland Berger vs Kearney (both based in Qatar, same level, comparable compensation): Which one is better taking into account:        *promotions        *work/life balance        *culture        *exit opportun ... (read entire question)
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    Market sizing: do I explain my approach first before talking about the number?

    absolute beginner Market sizing Market Sizing Beginner Level
    Most recent answer 12 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 27, 2021) is from:
    Sofia
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    McKinsey San Francisco | Harvard graduate | 5+ years of coaching | >90% candidate success rate | Personalized approach
    Sofia
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    gave the best answer on Sep 27, 2021
    McKinsey San Francisco | Harvard graduate | 5+ years of coaching | >90% candidate success rate | Personalized approach
    Hello, It would depend on the level of detail you are going for in the market sizing, and honestly either of the approaches you outlined could be effective in different situations. Generally I recommend going for #1 for ... (read entire answer)
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    When reflecting a completed case, how "deep" should the issue tree branches be?

    Case structure and frameworks
    Most recent answer 14 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 26, 2021) is from:
    Pedro
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    Principal | Former Head Recruiter for EY-Parthenon and Recruiter for Bain, Roland Berger and Internal Corporate Strategy
    Pedro
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    gave the best answer on Sep 26, 2021
    Principal | Former Head Recruiter for EY-Parthenon and Recruiter for Bain, Roland Berger and Internal Corporate Strategy
    Don't do 4-5 layers. Do 2-3 layers (considering the points mentioned by Ian) and ask if the interviewer wants to go deeper on anything. Most likely he won't, and you will save time (and avoid unnecessary mistakes). But ... (read entire answer)
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    Being hypothesis driven and solving case effectively

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    Most recent answer 14 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 26, 2021) is from:
    Ian
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    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Ian
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    gave the best answer on Sep 26, 2021
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Honestly, the hypothesis-led approach is outdated.   Rather, you need to have a hypothesES-driven or, rather, and objective-driven approach. Your entire framework is a set of hypotheses and views as to how to solve a pr ... (read entire answer)
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    Does referee's seniority matter? (consultant vs. junior partner)

    referrals
    Most recent answer 14 hours ago
    The best answer (on Sep 26, 2021) is from:
    Ian
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    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Ian
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    gave the best answer on Sep 26, 2021
    BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep
    Hi there, Why not both? Try now for the partner, but keep the consultant close. If the Partner ends up not referring you, you have a fantastic backup! If he/she does refer you, you can simply tell the consultant “hey, g ... (read entire answer)
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    MConsultingPrep’s PSG Simulation - Reviews feedback

    I'm preparing to McK coming next week McKinsey PST PSG
    Most recent answer 23 hours ago
    Anonymous A gave the best answer on Aug 25, 2021
    I haven't played their simulation but also checked it out and found three interesting points: Some of their articles are just copy and pastes from other websites The founder on the website claims to have worked for McKi ... (read entire answer)
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    Tell me about a difficult situation where you had to rely on your communication skills!

    PrepLounge: Personal Fit
    Most recent answer 23 hours ago
    The best answer (on Mar 24, 2020) is from:
    Daniel
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    McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
    Daniel
    Expert
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    gave the best answer on Mar 24, 2020
    McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
    While answering this question, it’s important to highlight a few things: Your interpersonal skills – what interviewer is interested in is not content, but how well you can interact with other people That you don’t ... (read entire answer)
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    How have you applied what you've learned in your career to other roles?

    PrepLounge: Personal Fit
    Most recent answer 23 hours ago
    The best answer (on Mar 24, 2020) is from:
    Daniel
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    McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
    Daniel
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    gave the best answer on Mar 24, 2020
    McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
    Here is good to choose some skills / acquired personality traits, which are consulting-related and to give specific examples of how you applied them elsewhere, e.g.: sporting events family life hobbies social ... (read entire answer)
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