Crisp communication

New answer on Apr 14, 2022
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Anonymous A asked on Apr 12, 2022

Hi - I know this might not be fixable overnight, but any tips on how to be crisp and to the point in your communication during the interview.

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replied on Apr 12, 2022
MBB | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep

It's easy to make something complicated, hard to make something simple. How to fix this?

Take a few seconds - gather your thoughts. Perhaps right them down. Take a quick breather to better formulate and then articulate your thoughts

  1. Pause before speaking to gather your thoughts - the time may feel like forever for you, but it's not nearly as long as you think. Leverage filler sentences such as "that's and interesting point" to buy some time if needed.
  2. Frame your answer - Generally, MBBers say "There are 3 parts to this". Then, they highlight in 1 sentence each of the 2-4 points
  3. Iterate through each point - After framing how you're going to answer the question, then answer it by diving into each "part" in the order you summarized each.

Use signposting - Always preface what you will be saying. For example, when brainstorming you can say "I'm thinking about this in three main ways: A, B, and C. Within A we can look at..."

Practice with a coach - Other PrepLoungers are fantastic practice but they are generally too nice! you need a coach who will really hit back and work with you to improve your answers.

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updated an answer on Apr 13, 2022
Ex-McKinsey London final round interviewer

I think it's worth calling out that it's not easy when you are thinking off the cuff in an interview setting.  Having said that, I  personally think it largely comes down to structuring.  Write down the 3-5 things you want to get across.  Distill the WHAT at its essence before getting into the details and rationale (i.e., WHY).  Often, it's completely fine to call out the ‘headings’ of what you want to communicate first then go into the details.  Specifically in case interviews, this allows you to establish the bigger picture with your interviewer, who most often times already has a good sense of potential considerations and does not need them to be spelt out in lots of detail.


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replied on Apr 12, 2022
Experienced Consultant - Startup Exec|Ex-McK EM, Booz & Co. Consultant | INSEAD MBA

Hello there,

A few tips :-): 

  1. Ask for time to reflect. Don't be shy! Consultants leave with the questions they ask you in a case and normally have several hours to mull out an approach. 
  2. Lean towards always start with the so-what / the outcome 
  3. If you will be mentioning several items, try to list them as much as possible (e.g., there are three key takeaways we need to keep in mind, first XYZ, second XYZ, and finally, XYZ). 

Hope this helps! In a case, perhaps where you need to crips is: 

  1. When you lay out your framework
  2. Communicating when you are moving into different parts of your framework (so your interviewer does not get lost)
  3. Conclusion and next steps 

Glad to chat more. Feel free to PM me. 

Best of luck!

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replied on Apr 14, 2022
10+yrs recruiting & top BCG trainer and coach & BCG Project leader & experienced hire & ICF coach

Hi there, 

I would recommend to:

1. Always structure your thinking before you speak out (what is that you want to say, what is key take away, goal, etc.)

2. Read newspapers and magazines (e.g. The Economist)

3. Subscribe to newsletter from MBB to get feel of the language


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replied on Apr 13, 2022
Accenture, Deloitte | Precision Case Prep | Experienced Interviewer & Career Coach | 15 years professional experience

Have a look at this thread for plenty of tips and guidance on your

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