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Fit preparation experienced hire Strategy& Germany

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New answer on Feb 21, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 05, 2021

My interview as an experienced hire at Strategy& at a German office is coming up. Could you provide some guidance concerning the following topics:

A: Interview:

  1. Is there a specific focus, e.g. highly qualitative, pure market estimations?
  2. Is a good cop / bad cop mentality in practice (when having multiple interviews), i.e. one interviewer is proactive and friendly, the other one is harsh and challenges everything?
  3. Other specifics for experienced hires?

B: Consulting approach: What is the consulting approach at S& like? Especially,

  1. Is it “strategy & execution” as advertised, meaning Strategy& mostly focuses on the first (strategic) phase of projects, and PWC takes care of the implementation?
  2. How do they judge if a project is a success? (measurements)
  3. USP in terms of consulting approach compared to other consultancies?

C: Organization: What is the organization like? Especially,

  1. What is the feedback culture like?
  2. What is the discussion culture like, i.e. is participation encouraged, does the best idea win?
  3. USP in terms of organization compared to other consultancies?

Thanks a lot in advance!

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Oliver
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replied on Jan 05, 2021
Manager | Ex-Strategy& | INSEAD MBA |50+ Interviews @ Strategy& - 75+ Mock-Up Interviews @ INSEAD for MBB applicants

Hi,

this might get a little longish, following your structure. Answers based on my experience as interviewer and Manager at Strategy&.

A: Interview

  1. Generally: no. Cases usually are based on the experience and daily work of the consultants, who interview you. Some will be more quantitative, some more qualitative. Mostly no "extremes", such as the pure market estimations you mentioned. Brainteasers are frowned upon and will usually not occur.
  2. Generally: no. Harsh, "bad cop"-style interviews are discouraged. Of course you will be challenged and you'll be asked tough questions, but the interviewer should remain friendly at all times. Yet, there may be exceptions and some interviewees may find certain interviewers less appealing than others.
  3. Expect more senior interview partners (Senior Manager, Director level) early on in the process. Be prepared to explain your motivation very well. The overall process may be also more individual (than for graduate recruiting) based on your experience and the impressions your interviewers have of you.

B: Consulting Approach

  1. "Strategy to execution" is an offering Strategy& offers jointly with PwC. Of course, not all projects will be set up this way, depending on client demand. But yes, if a project is set-up in the "strategy to execution" design, Strategy& focuses on the strategy/ design phase and gradually hands over to PwC for implementation. Classic projects of such would be large-scale transformation or Mergers and following Post-Merger Integrations.
  2. How does any consultant company measure success? Let me answer with a hint of humor: if the client is happy, the project is a success.
  3. USP is definitely the above mentioned "strategy to execution" approach and more generally the opportunity to bring in experts from the broad PwC network. With the global 250k+ employees, there is usually an expert for anything no matter how exotic the topic may be.

C: Organization

  1. Open feedback culture. You should receive direct and actionable feedback on the job. There are of course formal processes to support this, e.g. at beginning/ mid/ end of project. Feedback is naturally also part of your review cycle.
  2. Discussion is encouraged. You may openly discuss within your team and yes, the best idea will win. Of course, in times of high workload and tight deadlines, leadership styles tend to get more directive and discussion may be less. As the saying goes "in times of storm, there can be only one captain".
  3. As I am lacking inside knowledge about other consultancy organizations, I'll refrain from answering this question.

Hope this answer helps you. If there should be any further questions, please feel free to reach out.

Best

Oliver

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Anonymous A on Jan 07, 2021

That puts it really into perspective. Thanks for the thorough answers!

Vlad
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replied on Jan 06, 2021
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

a) 1 - nope, depends on the interviewer. A lot of them have MBB background and interviewers will be similar to MBBs

2. Nope. But you might have good and bad interviewers. However, they don't coordinate it

3. Depending on your expertise, they'll test your industry knowledge

B.

1. Nope, it's all types. The check is a bit higher with S& and they have long-standing clients. Also, PWC wold offload some clients if there is a conflict of interest with the audit

2. Too complicated. 60% of projects unfortunately lead to nowhere. And its not related to a particular consulting company. The internal measure of success is - were you available to sell the next project and is the client happy?

3. There is no USP, this industry is not that creative

Best

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Gaurav
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updated an answer on Jan 06, 2021
#1 MBB Coach(Placed 750+ in MBBs & 1250+ in Tier2)| The Only 360 coach(Ex-McKinsey + Certified Coach + Active recruiter)

Hi there,

I'll try to keep it short.

A. The focus of the interview depends on the interviewers and their preferences & experience. The same applies to "bad cop / good cop" mentality - totally depends on the interviewer - or his mood at this specific moment.

B. "Strategy to execution" > other types. Completely agree with Vlad and Oliver on measuring the success.

C. Again, as Oliver said, you should be ready to speak your mind as well as receive criticism. Think about it when discussing the personal fit part.

Hope it helps,

Cheers,

GB

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Ian
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replied on Jan 06, 2021
#1 BCG coach | MBB | Tier 2 | Digital, Tech, Platinion | 100% personal success rate (8/8) | 95% candidate success rate

Hi there,

Wow! You've been incredibly thorough.

Honestly, while I appreciate this thoroughness, I do have two pieces of advice:

1) Try not to overcomplicate here. A1 and A2, B2 and B3, and C1 and C2 are just either too detailed, the wrong thing to focus on, don't really matter, or you'll never find an answer for

2) These types of questions need to be asked (and should have already been asked) during your informational chats and networking with this firm!

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Raj
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replied on Feb 21, 2021
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Hi - you've got some great answer already. Is this for the Munich or Frankfurt office? Feel free to DM and I can provide some specific pointers

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Clara
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replied on Jan 07, 2021
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