which stage are you in the preparation? That would be helpful to understand your ideal next steps.
In general, a good preparation for a consulting interview will move through the following areas:
- Define a calendar. Calculate the hours you have available in the next week, then divide your preparation in the activities below.
- Get a general understanding of the process. As first thing you may want to get a general idea on what a consulting interview is about. Case in Point is an ok starting point for that although not enough for being fully prepared nowadays.
- Work on improving structures, fit questions and communication. You can start from the Case in Point structures and fit questions, and create your own evolution reading MBA Handbooks (target 20-30 cases at least) and practicing live cases with peers on PrepLounge. Try to concentrate on profitability, operations and market sizing cases, as they are the most common type of cases for ATK.
- Iterate the process to eliminate the last mistakes. After the first 5 sessions, try to book sessions with candidates more experienced than you - in this way you will learn a lot faster. You can also speed up the process booking coaching sessions with an expert.
In general you should focus on three areas in your preparation:
- Fit questions (eg Why do you want to work for ATK?)
- Cases (eg Our client is a commercial bank losing money, how would you increase profits?)
- Your questions at the end for the interviewer.
All these steps are important for your final assessment. Fit questions preparation takes less time than the case to reach a good level, so it is ok to dedicate less time overall compared to the case prep. However, be sure to have all the key questions prepared - if are unable to provide a good answer to questions like “Why our company” or “Why should we hire you” it’s unlikely you can move to the next round.