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How to answer "what make you a good consultant here?"

Edited on Oct 31, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Oct 02, 2020

How to answer "what make you a good consultant here?"

I answered something like 1. I am ex-consultant; 2. I have lived in the country that I am applying for, I know the culture norms and business situation there; 2. I bring cultural perspective and business experience from other regions.

But it didn't seem like the interivewer was happy. How should I answer the question?

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replied on Oct 03, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


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updated an answer on Oct 03, 2020
#1 BCG coach | MBB | Tier 2 | Digital, Tech, Platinion | 100% personal success rate (8/8) | 95% candidate success rate

Hi there,

Honestly, that answer it pretty weak....

1) Ex-consultant doesn't mean you're good at it....what did you do well as an ex-consultant?

2) You live in the country? So do x million others...that doesn't make you a good consultant. Furthermore, a good consultant can go into any country and rapidly understand the business landscape, cultural norms etc....that's why they're consultants!

3) Cultural perspective/experience from other regions also isn't that important. How does that actually directly relate to doing your job?

What you really need to talk about is the traits required for a good consultant and how you exhibit them. So you need to talk about how you are good at any of the following (pick whichever you can defend the best):

  • Solving complex problems
  • Hardworker and able to drive to get things done
  • Learning rapidly and loving being thrown into new situations
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and styles
  • Excellent client management skills
  • Etc.


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updated an answer on Oct 31, 2020
#1 MBB Coach(Placed 750+ in MBBs & 1250+ in Tier2)| The Only 360° coach(Ex-McKinsey+Certified Coach+Active recruiter)

Hi there,

Actually your answers are not strong enough.

Recruiter wanted to know which skills you have and you have got during working in consulting.

There are some skills examples of a good consultant:

  • Structural thinking
  • Ability to interact with people
  • Ability to work with information
  • Time management and resource management
  • Ability to learn
  • Customer focus
  • Ambition and drive for success

Do you need any further help?

All the best,



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