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As a microbiology graduate, I have little or no knowledge about preparing for business consulting interview? Please help!!!

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Two years ago, my passion for consulting pushed me out from medical career as a microbiology. When I diverted to business-oriented with hope of securing a consulting career, I failed over and over again upto about 50 times at resume submission/online applications. Flexibly, I diverted focus to sales/Maketing career because of the pleasure I derive in practicing related case questions during my initial pursuit for consulting. Diverting to sales/marketing role landed me to "Digital Marketing & Branding Expertise" which I practice greatly today, all thanks to consulting aspirations! BUT I DIDN"T GIVE UP THAT ASPIRATION YET!

Luckly now, I've been scheduled for a coffee chat from Bain & Company after 2 years of consistent failures, though it's simply a coffee chat, I feel so elated. By imagining myself winning that coffee chat already, I want to start preparing for the main recruitment processes. Please Help, I Don't Want To Fail Again!


Please who & what can help me?

For Now, My one-paged CV is modified already for the process. You can still review & confirm its potentials in helping me win this career at this one-time opportunity that just come my way.


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Vlad replied on 03/08/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School


1) First of all, I would check what are the reasons for failure. Since your CV is already being modified I hope you'll be able to reshuffle it in a right way. Also, I recommend reflecting on what you've done in the last to years since the previous rejection. These 2 years should add up to your resume and be a good reason to hire you. Consulting firms should see the progress from your previous application (career progress, new knowledge, etc.

2) I would not make too many bets on a coffee chat. Here are some ideas re coffee chats:

3) Your ideal scenario is if the person decides to make you a referral. More on the referral here:

4) Then try not to put all the eggs in one basket. Continue talking with all the big3 companies, so that you could multiply your chances

5) Start your preparation for the tests (if it is relevant for the role and company you are applying to) More info here:

6) In parallel start your preparation for the cases. It is a very broad topic, but I will give you some advice:

  • Time is the King. You'll need at least a month if you can prepare full-time. 3-4 months if you can't work on it systematically
  • Feedback and coaching will save you time. Work with an expert here. An expert will give you the right knowledge.
  • Practice cases with the other candidates to get the skill. Try to find the candidates with at least one real MBB consulting interview experience and 50+ cases solved. Ask for the cases from the real case interviews. Unfortunately, in the beginning, you'll have to solve the "Chicken and egg" problem in finding the experienced partners

7) 2-3 weeks before your interview start crafting your FIT stories. More details here:

Best of luck!

Ibrahim replied on 03/08/2018

Your motivation and aspirations are remarkable! Very good job.

I found this article helpful ( particularly number 5. Basically, don't ask them for a job, but sell yourself. Moreover, People love to talk about themselves, and therefore we easily fall for people who listen to us and ask good questions. So this is an opportunitity for you to learn about their journey and how they got to Bain. Literally ask "what led you to Bain?/What do you like about working at Bain?" etc etc. Once you get them talking, you can inform them of your similarities and start to build true rapport with them.

Also, you of course do want this to eventually lead to a job. However, try not to come off as needy as that will send a red flad. Try to focus on your skills and stories of leadership, communication, etc which are transferrable to consulting.

A great resource which was recommended to me by several BCG consultants is "Case In Point" (

By the way, many companies value diversity and like people who don't strictly come from non-business backgrounds. The key is to show that you are a leader, fun to work with, and a master communicator.

Hope that helps!

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