How to get top performer award in MBB? Is there any specific criteria?

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replied on Nov 05, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


There is no such thing as a top performer award.

However, the intuition is right, there is a different "ranking" of your performance that is discussed in a comitee every 6 months.

Dimensions taken into consideration:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Anlytical skills
  • Client management skills
  • etc.

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BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep

First: Read the 25 tips in my consulting handbook here:


Second: In terms of things you can learn/do to prepare beforehand:

1) Daily Reading

  • The Economist, The Financial Times, BCG/Mskinsey Insights

2) Industry deep-dives

  • Learn, in-depth, how the industries/companies your office advises, work. (PM me for an industry overview template)

3) Analytics tools

  • Alteryx, Tableau, etc.

4) Excel

5) Powerpoint

  • Best practices/standards
  • Different layouts
  • Quickly editing/updating slides
  • Thinking in PowerPoint

6) Presentation skills / sharp communication

  • There are some online/virtual classes for this


Third: In terms of doing well in your role when you're there:

1) Understand the context/prompt (what role are you in, what company, who's watching, etc.)

2) Understand the objective (what, specifically, is expected from you...both day to day, and in your overall career progression)

3) Quickly process information, and focus on what's important - Take a lot of information and the unknown, find the most logical path, and focus on that.

4) Be comfortable with the unknown, and learn to brainstorm - think/speak like an expert without being one

In summary, there will always be a flood of information, expectations, competition etc. and not enough time. Find out which ones matter when. (i.e. be visibile and focus efforts on the things that people care about)

Earn Respect:

Navigate Effectively through politics:


Fourth: Here are some great prior Q&As for you!

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BCG | Strategy& |Roland Berger | Interviewed >100 candidates in formal hiring process

For each level there are a specific criteria that you must met and the result will determine where are you in the performance rating. The criteria can be different for different firms but in general it goes along the lines of:

  1. Problem solving / Structured thinking
  2. Communication written and verbal
  3. Teamwork and collaboration
  4. Role model and company value

Item no. 1 is usually has the largest weight and overriding the other item. i.e. if you fail in item no. 1 then eventhough you are excellent in other items it will not matter.

Hope this helps :)

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replied on Nov 07, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

There is nothing like a top performer award in MBB

In MBB every 6 months evaluation cycle happened when they put consultants according to their performances. They will be put on the range - below expectations, at the expectations, above expectations, and a way above expectations. And it's not one person who will be above expectations, there will be multiple.

So, it's not about being top one or smth, but if you are talking about excellence it's basically a way above expectations.

There is no single answer, but depending on your level and functions you are getting into.
But want to be among the top performers at MBB, I highly encourage you to take a program that is specifically referred to this and to make sure that you will start well with MBB and always be a top performer.

Do have any further questions on this?

Feel free to contact me in PM


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Anonymous updated the answer on Nov 05, 2020


I will follow a generic approach that would apply to any consulting firm. It is a highly competitive environment within a consulting firm because the peer group is a highly intellectual bunch. So to shine in that lot takes a lot of hard as well as smart work.

Always remember that you need to do more that what is expected and better that your peer group. This is how you grow faster.

1. Project Delivery - Always ensure that your do an excellent job on the project. Put in that extra effort to ensure that your project deliverables exceed expectations. That means you need to have those skills to do that. So equip yourself with those skills through lot of practice and knowledge through lot of reading and analyzing. ( I always volunteered to take more than 1 project. This helped me to have the highest metrics in terms of chargeability.)

2. Client Feedback - Nothing can be as strong as a good client feedback. But do it in a genuine way and not my unnecessarily soliciting it from your client.

3. Assist in business development, practice development - Be involved in all these activities since it helps you stay connected and at same time you are aware of whats happening around you in the practice.

4. Networking - Very important to be networked well.

My story - Joined Accenture Strategy from a non-target B-school, to be honest a non-tier B_school. I worked hard by taking up more projects than my peers, working on lot of proposal design, practice development, helping in developing service offerings, recruitment etc. I became a practice lead in 3 years, replaced the person who was the existing practice lead. He came from one of the top 5 b-schools in India and had double my experience in years.

End of the day what differentiated me from others was my passion for consulting and strong work ethics. Trust me, very few have it. At the same time, meritocracy is not eveything. Being in the grapevine matters a lot too. So its for the individual to figure out as to how he/she navigates in this dynamic environment and creates a space for self.

Along with perks of being a top performer comes the negative side as well. You will develop lot of enemies within peer group as well as across hierarchies. I had situations where Lead Partners blocked my promotion even though I was rated No 1 in the peer group. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Rest you figure out once you start working in these firms. :)


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