Skills for Consulting

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New answer on Aug 19, 2020
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Markus
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Hey community,

what are skills a person needs to have for a successful career in strategy consulting? For what are recruiters looking in CV and the interviews? Does anyone have a comprehensive list to cross-check whether everything is covered in the CV and to emphasize on in the interviews.

Best regards

Markus

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Antonello
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replied on Jan 02, 2020
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Hi Markus,

the 4 main skills interviewers are looking for in candidates are problem solving, entrepreneurial drive, leadership and personal impact. These are also the key dimensions of the valuation grids used to assess the performances of consultants inside the firms.

My recommendation is to work on these points in your CV and cover letter but also when you craft impactful stories about your educational and professional experience.

Best,

Antonello

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Clara
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replied on Jan 03, 2020
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Hello!

- CV screening: they look for people with a brilliant past -since it can be the "best" predictor for the future. What does this mean precisely? A combo of many things: good performance in past school/jobs, quality of those, other activities carried out, etc.

- Interviews:

- In the FIT part, as they state themselves, they look for (1) leadership, (2) personal impact and (3) entrepreneurship

- In the BUSINESS CASE you test problem solving, ability to think differently, numerical agility, creativity in the aproach, etc.

It´s not a recipie in which you need to show at least X% of this and Y%, but the overall picture with all components put together.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Luca
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replied on Jan 02, 2020
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Hello Markus,

I confirm what Antonello said and I would like to add also the "teamwork" skills. You will spend most of your time in a small team of 3/4 people: they have to be sure that you are able to work in a team and that you are a nice person to work with.

Best,
Luca

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Anonymous replied on Aug 19, 2020

Dear Markus,

In CV recruiters look for your background - schools, GPA, Internship, work experience and other hard skills. It's hard to impress with soft skills through CV only. So you can describe them partly in Cover letter and hopefully be nicely prepared for the FIT interview.

There you will be assessed for leadership, entrepreneurship, personal impact.

Best,
André

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