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How to give "concise" answers during interviews

Anonymous A

Hi everyone,

I just got rejected from BCG in the second round. The feedback I got from the recruter is that my answers were not concised and that I was often using complicated sentences during the interview (for both personal fit and case).

I wanted to know if you know any techniques or exercices in order to improve this specific communication skill.

Thanks in advance

Anonymous B replied on 05/10/2017


In order to make progress and have a clearer and more to-the-point communication, try thinking in bullet points. Very often we get lost in narratives, which can sometimes be a draw-back when time is limited and one has to articluate fast and clear recommendations. This is a technique often used in consulting for efficient and effective communication: list the reasons (MECE) why you studied X, want to join their firm, want to be a consultant, and keep it 2-5 reasons and then enumerate them one by one, strating by the most important ones (Pareto).

Secondly, when it comes to talking about any relevant projects you have done, use the STAR framework, it really helps!