preparation of interview as an experienced consultant

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Anonymous A asked on Sep 26, 2018

Hello all,

I am currently in experienced consultant in a tier 2 strategy consulting firm and I have interviews with MBB in december and january. I find it very difficult to prepare compared to a fresh graduate. I have reread case in point + read some framework + am doing cases everyday and working on my story and testing it with consultants and experienced managers from MBB.

What would you advise as a work plan? As I am stressing a little bit because I feel I am not progressing.

Thanks,

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Vlad
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replied on Sep 26, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Here is a list of things you can do to boost your progress:

  1. Take a session with an expert here / current MBB consultants to get some feedback
  2. Take some FIT interview coaching. Over 150+ candidates that I've coached only a couple really experienced ones were great with the FIT part
  3. Work on the social / economic / non-profit and other non-traditional cases. I've noticed that most of the candidates are struggling with them. More on these cases here: Non-Profit/Public Sector/Non-Traditional Case Strategies
  4. Work on the operational cases - most of the candidates completely miss them. More about them here; Operations Cases? McK
  5. Continue working on fast and accurate math - you can always do better. Details here: Case Math Prep
  6. Work on your business acumen. I strongly recommend developing the proper industry knowledge. More details here: What's the best way to increase general business acumen?
  7. Make sure everything is fine with your communication: Structured discussion
  8. Do more cases!!!!

Best!

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Guennael
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Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

I understand what you are going through - as a former experienced hire myself, I did find it much harder to prep without my school's resources. There are ways however. Warning, obvious conflicts of interest here but...

1. If you aren't sure what exactly what you are looking for / "what good looks like", you have dozens of current/former consultants here who specialize in helping you how to figure it out. It won't be free, but I'd argue that getting into MBB is well worth it

2. Once you know what you are striving for, then practice cases with fellow applicants make sense

3. You probably have met MBB consultants in the past, perhaps in a personal setting. Don't hesitate to reach out to them for help - worse they can say is no.

I really cannot speak strongly enough against Case In Point's framework/case chapters - please don't waste your time on it. You can also look up Victor Cheng's 6 hours of free video on YouTube, well worth anyone's time.

When there is a will, there's a way. Good luck

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Lee
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replied on Sep 26, 2018
Interview at BCG soon. Looking for solid partners.

Same here. Find it difficult.

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