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Getting a consulting job with science PhD

Anonymous A asked on May 23, 2017 - 1 answer

Hi, I have a PhD in neuroscience and would like to apply to consulting firms. I have never done any case interview. Any recommendation where should I start? Any advice at all?


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I am not sure how far along you are with process. Consulting firms usually have 3-4 stages. You start by applying, attaching CV and Cover Letter (sometimes) then filling in questions about why consulting, what you know about the industry etc. If you know people working in industry you can ask them about day to day, projects they worked on etc. The more you know, the easier it is to pass that stage. Each application on average takes 3-4 hours.

Next stage is Situational Judgement Test, which is mostly logical on what you would do in certain work situations. You don't really need to prepare, it's mostly common sense.

After you get an interview invitation, could be a webcam, phone or face to face with a HR representative. You can prepare for these by practising with a friend or a coach.

Finally if you pass, you have an invitation to Assessment Centre - here you will have a case study, group presentation, sometimes in-tray exercise and interview.

Hopefully this gives you a bit more info and advice. I can help with any of the stages I mentioned as well as give you insight into best approach to application. Let me know if you need help or have any other questions!