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    Most recent answer on Jul 11, 2021
    <p>Hi everyone, I am Carmen. I am currently drafting CV for my job application to MBB or Tier 2 firms (SEA region).</p> <p>Is there a minimum font size requirement for the CV? I had looked through various websites and found different opinions on it.</p> <p>I am currently using font size 10 (Times New Roman) and wondering if it is acceptable.</p> <p>Thank you!</p>
    Hi Carmen, 10 is certainly the minimum, but it's perfectly fine. I prefer 10.5, but happy with 10 if you have a lot to say. That said, more important than font is how does your resume look? It should not look crowde ... (read entire answer)
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    Omitting a second master's degree in resume/application?

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    Most recent answer on Jul 07, 2021
    <p>Hello,</p> <p>I need this board's advice regarding my old master's degree.</p> <p>I received a bachelor's degree with a near perfect GPA and then a Master in Finance degree with a ver low one (somewhat below 3.0) because I studied full-time during my master's studies. Doing so was possible in the country where I'm from, yet this put a limit on the grades that I could get.</p> <p>Since that time, I've had ca. 7 years of work experience. Recently, I've moved to the US for my MBA studies in one of top programs, and I'm planning to go to management consulting after graduation. I don't know how to address that old master's degree though. Can I omit it in my resume/application forms? I guess it adds zero value now. It's my second master's because I'm doing an MBA now. The grades were low, and there are no gaps on my resume because I worked full-time during those studies.</p> <p>However, I listed this degree on my applications before (e.g. for a US visa). Also, I guess that employers do screening/background checks on newly admitted employees so I'm not sure how they degree is going to be treated if it pops up. Also, I'm not sure whether omitting that degree in the resume is acceptable or whether it means that I'm misrepresenting myself.</p> <p>Clearly, I can explain those low grades or list a degree without a GPA, but I'm unsure what is the right thing to do here.</p> <p>Your advice would be highly appreciated!</p> <p>Thank you!</p> <p>I'm not sure how to</p>
    Hi there, My advice would be to list it but omit the GPA! As such, you'll have to also omit the Bachelor's GPA, but, given it's your lowest/first degree of 3 it has little weight regardless.
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    Careers events requiring CV

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    Most recent answer on Jun 27, 2021
    <p>I was planning to go to a careers event with a firm where they ask for a CV and will let you know by a deadline if you've got a place. Is this effectively a CV screening process that feeds into later applications?</p> <p>Thanks!</p>
    Hey there, In most cases, the CV you present for a recruiting event will also be the one that is valid for your application at a later stage, provided, no major items on it change, i.e. new degree, new work experience ... (read entire answer)
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    Cv structure

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    Most recent answer on Jun 17, 2021
    <p>Hello Everyone,<br> I am trying to apply to MBB firms and a few more consulting ones, I wonder whether my CV is on point and would give me a chance to get into the interview process. What do You think I could change or improve?<br> Thanks<img alt="" src="/uploads/user-temp/291615/images/Schermata%202021-06-17%20alle%2008.56.22.png"></p>
    Hi Sebastiano, Overall your experiences are quite good and your resume has a lot of potential! that said, there is a fair amount you can do to optimize your resume and improve your odds. Some of the things that stan ... (read entire answer)
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    CV - previous work start date

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    Most recent answer on Jun 12, 2021
    <p>Hi, I'm wondering whether consulting firms are strict on CV screening and date validation? My previous job's official start date was Jan 15th. However, I have started some works (conducting industry research, etc) based on my boss' request near year end. Is it okay if I put the job start date as December? Or, it must be the same month as the official document stated?</p>
    Hi there, You need to match the date on record at the company. I'm sorry, but it sounds like their background check will reveal that you commenced employment on Jan 15 (i.e. when you started payroll). Please don't mes ... (read entire answer)
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    Initial CV/Resume screening at MBB - who does it?

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    Most recent answer on May 28, 2021
    <p>Hi,</p> <p>Does anyone know who does the initial CV/resume screenings at MBB, that decides who to invite to first round interviews? Is it junior consultants or HR recruiters? </p> <p>Thanks!</p>
    The process differs by office and by the type of role and where you apply Typically when you apply on campus for roles (BA roles at target schools, Target MBA programs), there is a team of consultants that is respons ... (read entire answer)
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    Tech Startup background to management consultant.

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    Most recent answer on May 19, 2021
    <p>Hi all, nice to meet you all here and I am dedicated to shift my career to management consultant. Please check my background as follows,</p> <p>Brief Background:</p> <ul> <li> I have 9 years work experience, majorly worked in tech startups, and started my own startup before. I have successful proven track records in my career that I could provide solutuions, plan and manage strategies myself, and had very positive results under very limited resource provided to me.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>I gruduated in top 10 University in UK, and am going to study part time MBA this year. Cerfied Project Management Professional (PMP) - seems not really relevant but a bonus.</li> <li>I don't really mind its MBB, other 2nd tier firms or the Big 4 companies. My short term goal is to get interviews.</li> </ul> <p>My questions are:</p> <ul> <li>Am I too old to get into consultant firms now? Saying that I don't have prior management consultant experience (but I do have experience working with them)</li> <li>Based on my research - I think my experience, skillsets and background do fit to the role. (such as propose a solution quickly and logically, manage and implement projects and strategies, no work-life balance in startups as well, and entrepreneurship.) the problem is, how do I make a bridge between my CV and the job, and also whats the best approach to get the job interview efficienctly and effectively? (I think apply the job through linkedin or official HR site are just like throwing my CV into blackholes.)</li> <li>Any consultants who have similar professional background to me and would like to share your tips and experience? </li> </ul> <p>Your advice is much appreciated and really wanna understand more from you guys.</p> <p>Cheers,</p> <p>Billy</p> <p>Billy</p>
    Hi Billy, No, not too old. But you may be fine with working and possibly be managed by colleagues younger than you if you get an offer The #1 thing that can help is to get a referral – you can find more here: http ... (read entire answer)
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    Resume screening?

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    Most recent answer on Apr 30, 2021
    <p>I applied to Roland Berger and Accenture Strategy for Associate Consultant roles but got rejected in the initial screening. I had followed the Harvard resume format and had quantified my results, but I can not figure out what am I doing wrong.<br> I am just wondering if any experts will have any advice or look at my CV. </p>
    Hello Ishani, I would be happy to help you. There a lot of mistakes that someone can make even using the right format. Feel free to contact me to have together at your CV. Best, Luca
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    Free CV Screening?

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    Most recent answer on Apr 30, 2021
    <p>Hi Guys,</p> <p>Are any experts willing to quickly go over my CV? I will be applying to MBB along with all other over the next few weeks. I'm also very interested in coaching services soon as I have almost done around 20 cases now. I guess this could act as an introduction between us? All help would be appreciated.</p> <p><br> Thank you</p>
    Just share your sanitized document in this blog post and you will receive some comments on that! Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below! Robert
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    CV review/feedback

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    Most recent answer on Apr 30, 2021
    <p>Hi all,</p> <p>I was wondering if anyone would be willing to read through my CV and provide some feedback on it? I think the areas I need to improve on are making sentances more impactful. It would also be good to know if there is a particular sentance structure I should be following. For example, should it include: what I did, the skills I used and the results/impact?</p> <p>Would really appreciate the feedback!</p> <p>Thanks,</p> <p>Abed</p>
    Hi, feel free to send it Best Antonello
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    Getting an interview at MBB with low GPA , and a reason you don't want to talk about

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    Most recent answer on Apr 26, 2021
    <p>I'm not getting selected for any meet/greet events, and I think my GPA is the problem. I'd like to interview for a position at MBB about 1 year from now, but am afraid my chances are not high if I'm not getting through these already. </p> <p>I'm based in europe, where undergrad+grad is the standard. I have a graduate degree in engineering, at one of the top engineering schools in europe. My GPA there is good (4.0, I think I was in the top 10% of my cohort but it's not something they track), and I have a list of extracurriculars and an award as well. Currently I'm doing an Engineering Management traineeship at Mars Inc, where I'll become the manager of my own team starting september for my 3rd year. And also there I have some cool extracurriculars. In summary the last ~4 years have been pretty good. </p> <p>However, they ask for GPA averages starting from highschool even for recruitment events. And my GPA for highschool is average, the undergrad one is low (2.3). I do have a double mayor and some extra curricular events, but it's not good. <br> My problem is the reason why. It's very personal.. I had a few traumatic life events as a teenager. After that I spent some years depressed and honestly struggeling. I did the minimum to pass what I wanted to pass but was pretty much 'out' otherwise. I had another thing happen right before the graduate program started (it's been a fun ride..) and finally got therapy after that, which has helped a lot and my CV shows it for sure. <br> <br> I feel like there is no way I'll get to the interview stage without the explanation of what happened, if they don't already toss me out based on the numbers. I also don't know how to mention this and sound like a winner instead of a victim (I'm a woman, and it's sexual assault related). I'd prefer to not mention anything at all, but am not sure if there is a way around it. Even if everything else on my CV is stellar enough to get the interview, I feel like I'd still be asked about the undergrad degree and what happened there. </p> <p>Is there any advice or experience for something like this?</p>
    Hi there, I am really sorry for what happened. It’s admirable though to see how you have managed to grow after that. It seems you have been through very difficult times and it’s great that you managed to overcome them ... (read entire answer)
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    First round of screening - how to know if you didn't make cut?

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    Most recent answer on Mar 04, 2021
    <p>Hello! <br> <br> I submitted an application to both BCG and McKinsey last February 17 via their corresponding online portals and got email confirmations from both that my applications have been received. I was wondering: </p> <p>1. How long does it usually take before you find out whether you've made it to the next round of the application process.</p> <p>2. In the case that you don't make it, will they email you to inform you that you didn't pass the screening? Or do you just have to manually check the website to see your application status. </p> <p>3. My application status in the McKinsey website is indicated as "closed" - does this mean I did not pass the initial screening? <br> <br> For context, I'm from South East Asia and have applied to the SEA offices. I'm a newly licensed MD, having just graduated from medical school last year. My university is one of the target schools of the MBB firms in my country at least. Not to sound too overconfident, but I actually had my resume (and cover letter for BCG) edited by several consultant friends of mine + invested in an editing service by one of the more reputable MBB prep websites, so I thought I had a pretty good chance of at least passing the resume screening. Honestly quite anxious right now and just want to confirm with the folks here if at this stage, is it still a bit early to expect a response? or should I even expect a "rejection" email in the first place since it's the first screening? <br> <br> Thank you so much! </p>
    Hi there, Usually up to one month – the exact timeline depends on the office and recruiting pipeline Yes they will inform you also in case of rejection Not necessarily – in any case they will notify you about th ... (read entire answer)
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    Did the introduction of online tests for MBB made the CV screening process less strict?

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    Most recent answer on Mar 01, 2021
    Hi there, Interesting question. I don’t think anyone has a number-based answer on this. However, I would expect online tests and additional future automation in the recruiting funnel may remove some constraints in t ... (read entire answer)
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    Rejection from a MBB - what went wrong?

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    Most recent answer on Feb 28, 2021
    <p>I was hoping to discuss my CV with someone to see if they have any feedback on why I was not successful. I thought I could at least get an interview as I had a solid referral.</p> <p>Thank you so much.</p>
    Hi there, It is difficult to answer without seeing your CV and Cover. The most likely reasons given you had a referral are: CV / Cover not well structured CV / Cover not fitting the requirements for a consulting ... (read entire answer)
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    Rejection of an Application

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    Most recent answer on Feb 28, 2021
    <div> <div>Hi everyone, Recently, two of MBB firms rejected my application and didn't invite me to the first round. 1. How can I know what was the main reason for the rejection? I have a BA in Economics in a well-known university in my country in the middle east where MBB are doing recruiting events every year), average grade (82 out of 100), significant experience in the public sector and in my opinion CV and Cover Letter well-written. I assume that there can be a lot of reasons that don't depend on me (office needs, authorization to work in Europe, etc.) but how can I know what should I improve or upgrade? 2. In a case like these, do I need to wait 12-18 months until I can apply again? Thanks in advance</div> </div>
    Hi, 1. yes, different reasons, depending also on the office hiring moment. Feel free to send me the CV for a feedback. 2. yes, you have usually to wait 12-18m. Things you can do to accelerate it is building a strong int ... (read entire answer)
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    Benefits of Referral

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    Most recent answer on Feb 28, 2021
    Anonymous gave the best answer on Dec 04, 2018
    <p>Besides the obvious benefit of having a current employee refer you in the firm's internal referal system/increasing your chances of getting your CV seen, what are the other benefits of referrals when applying to MBB and 2nd tier firms? I read on one post with a referral from McKinsey you skip the CV-screening. Is this true? Anyone know about BCG, Bain, Roland Berger, Accenture, Deloitte, ATK, OW, etc.?</p>
    Hi Anonymous, I don't believe that there are clear "you skip step x" things for most firms. Already for the reason that the organisation has to protect itself against nepotism, favouritism and for compliance reasons. ... (read entire answer)
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    Hello, while making Cv's can we Mention "Co-founded a start-up" for consulting internship applications, yes or no?

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    Most recent answer on Feb 26, 2021
    <p>Hello Everyone, </p> <p>While I create my CV for Consulting, I am having second thoughts on putting my Startup Counder experence (bootstrapped, very small, but legally registered and operational with growth).</p> <p>Do you think it is a good idea to show the startup in the CV (market reseach, Strategy implementation, client consulting as the JD etc) </p> <p>Any thoughts would be welcome on this!</p> <p>Thanks</p>
    Hello there! No second thoughts, definitely YES!:) It's a really great experience from which I'm sure you gained much experience useful in consulting like leadership, negotiations, project management skills and so o ... (read entire answer)
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    Applying to McKinsey in SEA without a referral

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    Most recent answer on Feb 24, 2021
    <p>With the recent news that McKinsey is planning to hire its largest intake yet in 2021, would it be advisible to make an application without a referral if the target office is a non-Singapore SEA one?<br> <br> Thank you! :)<br> </p>
    Hey there, In general referral > no referral (stating the obvious), however, if your profile is strong + you are applying at the beginning of the year (fewer slots filled), you should be fine even without. With th ... (read entire answer)
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    Resume review for internal referrals

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    Most recent answer on Feb 21, 2021
    <p>A friend of mine at BCG asked me to email him my resume to refer me. Before sending him, I want to make sure my resume is fit for consulting and it is ready to be submitted in a portal. I was wondering if anyone is willing to quickly review my resume. </p> <p>Thanks in advance. </p>
    Hi there, Feel free to send it my way. Happy to take a look. Cheers, Emily
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    Consulting Resume/CV Reviews

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    Most recent answer on Feb 21, 2021
    <p>Hello Community,</p> <p>I need a help to review my Consulting Resume/CV. It's of 3 pages now for 15 years of international experience and I want a fresh eye to review/edit. Is there any service provided on this forum?.</p> <p>Best regards,</p> <p>Abdaallah </p>
    Hey there, There is no hard cap, however, 1-pagers are preferred. How to deal with this? My experience shows almost all candidates can keep the same level of information, however, can trim the content down signifi ... (read entire answer)
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