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Key Qualities firms look for in Associate Consultant Interns?

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Recent activity on Jun 02, 2019
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Suyash asked on May 28, 2019

What are the key qualities that firms look for in candidates that they short list for Associate Consultant Internship?

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replied on May 28, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


It's absolutely the same with Full-time roles. It can be different for each company but at the end of the day it's the following:

1) Problem solving - tested by your ability to solve cases. This includes:

  • Structuring the problem
  • Analytics
  • Business judgment
  • Math skills
  • Creativity
  • Synthesis

2) Your fit with the company

  • Maturity and fit for client facing - probably the most important one
  • Leadership
  • Being high achiever
  • Ability to persuade and influence others


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Suyash on May 30, 2019

Thanks for such a detailed answer Vlad. I really appreciate your efforts.

replied on May 31, 2019
BCG | Kellogg MBA |82% Success rate| 450+ case interview| 5+ year consulting | 30+ projects in ~10 countries

I agree with previous inputs from experts. Having said that you know what is good: Companies are explaining those dimensions most of the times. Sometimes at their websites, sometimes at their linkedin accounts etc. These requirements are most of the times similar to each other but by checking those sources you can also capture differences between expectations of the companies.



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Anonymous updated the answer on Jun 03, 2019

Hi Suyash,

Indeed, the requirements for interns are the same as for full time candidates. For Oliver Wyman Germany, interviewers sometimes even don't know whether you are applying for an internship or a full time position - because it does not matter.

Good luck!

Best regards


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Suyash on May 30, 2019

Thanks Jacob, will keep it in mind and prepare accordingly.

Vlad gave the best answer


McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School
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