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    How to answer the question: Why us? Not other consulting firms?

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    Most recent answer on Jun 28, 2021
    <p>Hi there,</p> <p><br> I have just had a screening phone call with HR from Roland Burger. I was struggling when he asked me "Why us? Why Roland Burger? Why not MBB?". <br> Some reasons such as having an opportunity to learn, to diversify knowledge...maybe not persuasive enough for them. I could not tell them the real answer is that I failed all the MBBs, and Roland Burger is kind of a second-best.<br> I tried to do research to see what differentiates RB from other MBBs, but there is not much out there.<br> Could you guys give me a suggestion on what I should do when I had to answer these questions? They are becoming extremely difficult to find a good answer, especially when you have interviews with Tier 2 consulting such as RB, L.E.K...?<br>  </p> <p>Thank you very much.</p>
    Hi,  To best answer these questions - make sure you read up about the firm and its culture and values. Everyone wants to be told they are special and unique, understand what makes each firm unique ·         For exam ... (read entire answer)
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    When to ask which questions: Which questions do you ask before you come up with a structure and which do you ask after?

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    Most recent answer on Dec 31, 2020
    <p>After a few mock cases, I found that I have difficulties deciding which questions to ask before I come up with a structure and which questions to ask after I come up with a structure. </p> <p>I keep wanting to ask all the questions I have as soon as I hear the explanation of a case, but then I find myself already starting with the analysis by asking relatively specific questions.</p> <p>Is there a rule for this?</p>
    Pre-structure questions 1) Clarify the business model. Even if you think you understand it, try to repeat it to make sure that you understand in correctly. 2) Clarify the objective. Here make sure that your goal is: ... (read entire answer)
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    Questions to ask in networking event

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    Most recent answer on Oct 21, 2020
    <p>Hi All,</p> <p>there will be a networking event of my target consulting firm next month and I have been invited luckily. Wondering what questions I should ask apart from my education, working experience and interest in consulting? </p> <p>Is there any useful tip to build relationships through networking event?</p>
    That’s a good and important question. I am glad you asked. During the meeting you should try to find some touch points with people to build relationships, thus ask for their hobbies and iterests outside the work. If ... (read entire answer)
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    What questions should I ask at the end?

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    <p>Applying for Mckinsey Digital</p> <p>I dont want to ask at the end of the interview typical questions </p> <p>Could you give me some good questions to interact at the end and show interest on the company and on the industry?</p> <p>Thanks in advance</p>
    HI, The main objective is to have a good conversation and highlight your intellectual capacity and curiosity. Thus: It is ok to ask: Questions that cause positive emotions and highlight consulting pros (e.g. Mck ... (read entire answer)
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    Is ok to systematically ask question to clarify the business model? Especially for Profitability cases

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    Most recent answer on Aug 13, 2020
    <p>There are many cases where man is not familiar at all with the business model. Epecially for profitability cases where it is important to know if there is a mix in order to properly tailor his framework. Is it ok for Mckinsey type interview to ask a clarification question upfront about the business model? The # segments? If yes what is the most elegant way to do it? Would you advise to systematically ask this question for all cases?</p>
    Yes, as highlighted, not asking this might be an hindrance to the development of a customized framework and hence resolution of the case. The way I would phrase such a question would be (let's take credit card as an exa ... (read entire answer)
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    Questions to ask towards the end of the interview

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    <p>What are good questions to ask towards the interview with McKinsey?</p>
    Hi Anonymous, relevant questions at the end are a great way to show your interest in the company and get additional points. Ideally, your questions should respect the following criteria: Should not be related to s ... (read entire answer)
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    How would you quantify the difference between two very different things?

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    Most recent answer on Aug 08, 2020
    <p>Hi all. </p> <p>Recently, we had a team meeting, and some interesting topics were put on the table.</p> <p>However, our team leader gave an exciting question for the team to solve.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>How would you quantify the difference between THE Blue Pill "that one" and an M&amp;M's candy? </strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The propose of this question is to test our approach to an unusual problem.</p> <p>I am thinking of actually looking at like this:</p> <ul> <li>the active ingredients in each</li> <li>what is the documented impact</li> <li>target market </li> <li>selling price</li> <li>where to find</li> </ul> <p>I am curious to learn how different your approach would be. </p> <p>Cheers.</p>
    Hi! This is a very nice example of a question that is too undefined to structure. So the precondition to come up with any meaningful approach is ot nail down the person who asked the question on the reference point of ... (read entire answer)
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    How many clarifying questions are appropriate and when should they be asked?

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    Most recent answer on Aug 06, 2020
    <p>I have received conflicting feedback regarding how many clarifying questions are appropriate and when I should be asking them.</p> <p>Some say I can ask questions as long as they clarify main points and help understand the context and client objectives without asking for any actual data (i.e. no fishing for answers).</p> <p>However, I've also been told that I should only clarify any points I didn't understandin the prompt and our clients objective, then leave all other questions for when I'm going through my structure (e.g. Who are our customers?, What are our products? How is this market doing relative to our client?)</p> <p>Perhaps there is a middle-ground between the two sets of feedback I've received?</p>
    Hi Anonymous! You touch on an important point here. Many candidates don't understand what distinguishes the clarifying questions at the start from later analysis-related questions (asking for market data. financials, ... (read entire answer)
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    Clarifying questions

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    Most recent answer on Aug 06, 2020
    Anonymous gave the best answer on Jun 05, 2018
    <p>I've been told that I need to ask more clarifying questions prior to structuring my approach. I have a hard time thinking of clarifying questions on the spot and was wondering if anyone had any techniques or tips to prompt me?</p>
    Hey there, It could be helpful if you clarified with whoever provided your feedback on why you should have asked clarifying questions. In the absence of more detail, I'll share 2 cents from some common pitfalls that ... (read entire answer)
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    Best questions to ask at the end of interview

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    Most recent answer on May 22, 2020
    <p>Hello all,</p> <p>I have a question regarding what insightful questions to ask the interviewer at the end of an interview that make you stand out?</p> <p>Thank you.</p>
    Hi! There is a whole lot of great questions you can ask. My best advice is to really think through what interests you most about the job, the firm, or the industry! If you have a particular interest (industry sector, ... (read entire answer)
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    When to ask questions and when to proactively make assumptions

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    Most recent answer on Apr 05, 2020
    <p>Dear preplounge community,</p> <p>When doing case interviews, I am not sure when I am supposed to ask as many questions as possible, or when I'm supposed to proactively make assumptions.</p> <p>Asking many questions can show I am leaving no stone unturned, but can also make the interviewer think I want him to solve the case for me.</p> <p>Making assumptions can show confidence and proactivity, but you can easily miss some informations you should have asked, either going into the wrong direction or using wrong data.</p> <p>Let's take the Asian lubricants producer case from Bain:</p> <p>https://www.preplounge.com/en/management-consulting-cases/candidate-led-usual-style/beginner/bain-case-asian-lubricants-producer-71</p> <p>You need the population of Russia, Germany, and Turkey to compare the market size of each country. Should I ask first for the data, or should I proactively make assumptions, knowing that if I'm too far away the interviewer will correct me?</p> <p>As an heuristic I try to ask many questions in the beginning, and make assumptions as the case moves forward. Am I on the right direction ?</p> <p>If I ask a question but the interviewer responds something such as "make an assumption" or "what do you think?", does it mean I should have make an assumption in the first place and not asking the question?</p> <p>If the question is too precise and should be answered more broadly at the humility vs confidence level don't hesitate to do so.</p> <p>Best regards,</p> <p>Clément Camus</p>
    Hi Clemens, Honestly, it depends on the case and the company you are interviewing with (at McKinsey you almost never have to make any such assumptions, an interviewer gives you all the data you need). But the best ... (read entire answer)
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    It's the interviewees time to ask questions to the interviewers - What to ask an experienced consultant

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    <p>Every interview consists of more than one part. After going through your resume and talking about the possibilities within the organization it's time for you to ask good questions. But what do you ask someone who is working in consulting for a couple of years without seeming to be stupid? What else can you ask except whether they like their job and what they hate about it? </p> <p>Best wishes</p>
    Hi, First of all - never ask why someone hates the job. You'll fail the interview:) The main objective is to have a good conversation and highlight your intellectual capacity and curiosity. Thus: It is ok to ask: ... (read entire answer)
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    Asking for culture

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    Recent activity on Mar 14, 2018
    Anonymous gave the best answer on Mar 14, 2018
    <p>What are some good questions to ask interviewers/friends to get to know the real picture of culture in each firm/office?</p>
    Agree with Vlad, but there is a way I've found useful. I ask my interviewer their best memory so far of being at the firm. It solves for two things: (1) ends the interview on a happy note (2) gives you the top-end/posit ... (read entire answer)
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