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Anonymous A asked on Aug 31, 2018 - 4 answers

After preparing for couple of months generally for consulting - case interviews, fit stories, numerical tests & math skills, cv & cover letter, I feel a bit stuck since I am doing it alone and do not have any feedback or interactive response on my activity.

Is there any ways to bring in vitality & interaction in consulting preparation process and to accelerate it?

  1. Bootcamps?

  2. Coaches

  3. Mentors

  4. Live Case prep?

  5. Other?

I am considering to physically relocate myself to get into a best environment for consulting preparation where there would be possibilities to:

  1. Networking & meeting firms in events

    1. Meeting consultants from tier 2 consultancies

  2. Case prep Clubs

  3. Case prep Partners

  4. Etc?

What would be a best place on earth to serve as a hub for getting into consulting? I believe tier 1 cities?

Ex. Europe: London, APAC: Singapore, etc?

Would money spent on physical first hand interaction would be better spent or should I find coach or mentor? Or do it simultaneously?

Thank you in advance for your opinions.

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Hi Anonymous,

I agree with Kay and Vlad, there is no need for a physical relocation to improve your preparation. Specifically, I would consider the following options:

  • Online platform resources (eg resources section on PrepLounge); you can find several services of this kind and choose the one more properly covering your potential areas of improvement.
  • Peer-to-peer preparation. For this, PrepLounge is definitely the best platform to put you in touch with other candidates
  • Expert sessions. If you have limited amount of time, got stuck in improvement, want to double check your level or have specific needs that cannot be covered with the other two options (eg finding referrals), you can consider booking a coach to boost your preparation.

Best,
Francesco

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Hi,

I believe that for Tier 2 consulting having the practice sessions here on preplouge is more than enough. You don't have to relocate to prepare but the key thing here is not to prepare on your own.

For Tier 1 prep I believe YOU NEED BOTH good partners and coaches to increase your odds of success. Partners give you quantity and build your muscle memory. Coaches specifically:

  • Can save you tens if not hundreds of hours. I know many candidates who have done 100+ cases with the poor partners and got no offer.
  • May have a program covering all possible types of the cases (pls check in my profile)
  • Can assess you using the real case interview criteria
  • Can work on your fit interview since they heard hundreds of stories and know how to make them perfect
  • Give you a professional feedback since they have seen hundreds of candidates and can calibrate your performance
  • Have real FULL cases from the interview, rather than the cases that passed through tens of candidates and now look completely different from what they were originally
  • Know the typical mistakes, pitfalls, traps, etc
  • Know how the process works internally and can help you build the right strategy
  • Have a lot of industry experience and can help you build business judgment and the right industry knowledge

Best!

Anonymous replied on Aug 31, 2018

Hi Anonymous!

It certainly sounds like you are very committed to this career choice - well done! However I don't think all the suggestions you're considering are necessary.

If you'd like the best choice to brush up on confidence for interviews, my suggestion would be to get a good subscription to one of the case study prep platforms (e.g. PrepLounge!) and do interviews with other prospective consultants, and if it is within your budget then also to practice with some of the experts. You'd get help on the case study prep as well as a chance to network.

Having lived in London for three years, I can tell you that it's not really that easy to meet consultants "at networking events". Unless you are a student, I haven't heard of many open networking events, and they would only be a few times a year if that. I wouldn't relocate entirely - if anything, you can come visit London for one of these events and take advantage.

If you truly feel like you are quite far off being able to apply soon, I would also suggest further education as a way to move yourself forward in multiple ways.

I hope that helps!

Kay

Astrid replied on Sep 03, 2018
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Hi there,

thanks for asking your question on our Consulting Q&A!

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