Big 4 entry level possible without internship/much working experience?

Big4 consulting entry level MBB
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Anonymous A asked on Jul 26, 2017


I graduated M.A. business administration and am a bit clueless what I should do now.

I like the idea of management consulting, but have no prior work experience in that area. I have a good GPA, international experience and some work experience in start ups.

Do you think I have a chance to get a job at one of the big 4? I know MBB is out of my possibilities, but was wondering what other options might be realistic.

Let me know please!

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replied on Jul 26, 2017
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Hi Anonymous,

it would be difficult to assess your chances without more specific information. In general what management consulting companies assess in a CV is the following:

  1. University reputation
  2. Degree
  3. Academic performance
  4. Work experience
  5. Extracurricular activities
  6. Experience abroad

It would be good thus to know how you specifically fit in these areas to properly assess your chances (Where did you get your MA? Which is your GPA? Where did you go in exchange? How long and where did you get startup experience?)

Having said that, the most critical and normally underestimated area in an application for consulting is your ability to get a referral. With the right referral, indeed, it is possible to reach an invitation, even from MBB, also if you are not stellar in the previous areas - I personally saw people with below average GPA receiving an invitation from BCG thanks to a proper referral. At the second post of the following link you can find some additional information on how to get referrals:

Finally, if your long-term goal is to enter management consulting in MBB, it could make sense to look for strategy companies like ATK, OW, RB, Strategy&, rather than the Big 4. We the exception of Deloitte, indeed, they are not very strong in strategy (assuming you are considering PwC separated from Strategy&). Thus, an experience in a strategy consulting firm – although not as prestigious as MBB – could help more in reaching the top firms in the industry/ have a good career in management consulting.

Hope this helps,


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replied on Feb 28, 2022
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I don't see why not. Of course, that depends on your GPA and other achievements. You'll only know if you apply.

By the way, be careful when chosing not to apply to a certain company because you think you don't have a chance.

I recently coached a candidate that thought had no chance to get into MBB and had a bunch of plans on how to get there in 5 years… however she already had a great resume and just wasn't applying because she though she didn't have a chance. 

Oddly enough, she had all they would be looking for in a candidate…

Give it a try!

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