Senior position in corporate strategy

BCG McKinsey and Bain
New answer on Dec 30, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Nov 24, 2020

Hi,

I have an interview for a corporate strategy and development director role coming up. I have a background in IB, specialized in M&A. Company is a fortune 100 and interviews are x-McK, x-BCG and x-Bain. So interview most likely more focued on the 'strategy' than 'development'

Question: are there different expectations on how to solve cases as an analyst/associate joining a mgmt consulting firm (classic case prep like on preplounge) and joining a more senior position.

To elaborate. Do they want to se the same meticulous walk through of the case with issue trees etcetera etcetera - or do they expect something else. e.g. a more loose high level discussion in another struture - perhaps more on how to guide teammembers and how to assists in PS sessions.


Hope it make sense and thx in advance.

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Ian
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replied on Nov 24, 2020
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Hi there,

The expectations are indeed different (no matter what anyone says).

You are expected to truly know/understand your field and to be able to talk professionally/knowledgeably about any related topic that comes in.

While analysts/associates are often "hand-held" through a case, you won't be at all.

Furthermore, you can indeed expect less "structure". Interviews are more likely to be a rattling off of pointed questions ("How would you handle x", "How do you see x changing within the industry" etc .etc), than a formal case. Furthermore, if a case is given, it might be more "flow-y". So, they may give a quick prompt, rattle off some numbers/conclusions, and call it a day. There may not even be exhibits.

On the other hand, you may get a full "formal" case as well!

In essence, be prepared for anything and everything (sorry!), BUT be 100% certain that the bar is higher and your expertise needs to show through.

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Adi
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updated an answer on Nov 24, 2020
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Same consulting type rules apply + additional ones i.e. you must show sharp structured thinking, problem solving, asking intelligent questions and solving the case. In addition for Director level roles, think about how you can bring in following aspects into the case solution as relevant:

  • E2E journey->Strategy leading to subsequent operating model and then change management
  • Your experience & knoweldge from other industries/funtions/roles which apply well to this corp strat role/case at hand
  • People management & handling multi skilled teams
  • Business development and/or P&L management
  • Complex programme management
  • Your point of view on innovation and workforce of future
  • Your point of view on this company's industry & general SWOT

Good luck!

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Vlad
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replied on Nov 24, 2020
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Hi,

I guess nobody here can give you an answer since it will depend on the company / particular person. If you know they are Ex-MBBs - I would expect something similar

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Antonello
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replied on Dec 30, 2020
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Hi, I have supported tens of experienced hires for strategy roles in big corporates. Feel free to text me to understand my way of working.

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Antonello

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Anonymous replied on Dec 24, 2020

Hi,

From my experience, usually the interviews will focus more on testing how you will handle a real problem facing the company. I would still prepare proper case interview as a structure will help to answer these sometimes vague situation.

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Iman

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Gaurav
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updated an answer on Nov 28, 2020
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Hello, I honestly think that it will depend on the company where you are applying, but without any doubt, for higher positions, it will not be the same.

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Clara
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replied on Nov 26, 2020
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Hello!

What they are testing is the same (in terms of skillset, etc.). However, of course, the bar is not the same when interviewing as undergrad or experienced hire

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Clara

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