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    M.Sc. with good grades but no experience - how to enter?

    Application associate consultant entry level germany internship junior associate Trainee
    Most recent answer on Apr 16, 2021
    <p>I already graduated (Physics, really good grades &amp; good university) so most firms I apply to ask me to apply for an Associate position instead of an internship. But I worry, that they will reject me because I lack relevant experience. Are there other entry possibilities/internships - anything I can do to "get in"?</p> <p>I already got invited for interviews by KMPG, BCG but also got declined by some others. Should I apply everywhere or try to get an internship or sth else first? It bad that I might get declined or can I apply again after some internships or sth?</p> <p>PS: Additionally, I have an exchange semester in Hong Kong and a scientific publication in the journal Physical Review. The "only" thing I'm missing is the relevant practical experience.</p>
    Hi Vincent, Here are my thoughts: If BCG invited you, you have the potential to be invited by all the major strategy consulting firms If time allows, try to get an internship before applying to other consulting ... (read entire answer)
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    Experienced Hire (3.5 years+) for An Entry Role, or Associate Role?

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    Most recent answer on Apr 09, 2021
    <p>Hi everyone.<br> <br> As I have been working in a technical field for 3.5 years+, I was thinking if I would be eligible for an entry role at MBB.<br> <br> I graduated from one of their target schools, and I did not manage to pass their first interview when I first graduated from my Master's without any professional working experience. I only applied to one of the firms 3 years ago, so I figured I could apply to other firms as a fresh or new applicant now, and possibly re-apply to the same firm.<br> <br> With a potential referral from MBB, would a BA role or Associate (jr?) be suitable given my background? For re-applications, do you think if I stand a chance to be considered for an interview again, maybe for the same role?<br> <br> I have not considered any MBA or PhD to improve my profile due to financial and time commitments, and am hoping to pursue an MBA only after joining one of the firms. The only improvement is the working experience at one of the Fortune 500 companies<br> <br> Thank you.</p>
    MBBs are very open minded on background and so I don't see any reason for you not to apply again. Having said that, since you've pursued a technical path, it will be important to be able to translate how your profession ... (read entire answer)
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    Starting at MBB (McKinsey)?

    associate Bain & Company BCG McKinsey and Bain Boston Consulting Group business analyst entry level MBB McKinsey & Company New Joiner starting
    Most recent answer on Apr 07, 2021
    <p>Hello everyone!</p> <p>I come from a lower working class background and due to recieving a full ride scholarship for college I was given a laptop to use during my studies. As I have just graduated and secured an entry role at McKinsey I was wondering what the firm offers to new joiners, especially as things are virtual where I am based.</p> <p>I wanted to know if I should invest in a new laptop, phone, microsoft office etc..? I was also hoping for some insight on what MBB firms offer new joiners (from Tech to Mugs!)?</p> <p>Thanks,, Julia.</p>
    Hi Julia, Congratulations on the offer! Laptops and phones are included in the standard benefits when you join. Others included: 401k (or equivalent) Health insurance Office equipment and related plans (may ... (read entire answer)
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    Salary Differences

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    Most recent answer on Mar 29, 2021
    <p>Hi there,</p> <p>could you tell me <strong>roughly,</strong> for the <strong>italian offices, </strong>the entry level salary differences among:</p> <p>-MBB</p> <p>-Tier 2: A.T. Kerney, Oliver Wyman, Arthur D. Little, Roland Berger etc</p> <p>-Big 4?</p> <p>Thank you very much</p>
    I don't have an exact number, but these sites should help. Google is your friend here! (Note, when I did a quick search, I seemed to get the range of 35-45k Euro) https://in.indeed.com/cmp/[company name]/salaries ht ... (read entire answer)
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    Preparing for a new job + tips for starting well

    entry level graduate
    Most recent answer on Feb 21, 2021
    <p>Dear coaches,</p> <p>I am starting a new job as a Graduate Trainee (I'll be rotated within several departments) at a big company in two weeks.</p> <p>1. What would be your tips for preparing for a new job in that timeframe? From any point of view - mentally, skills etc.? </p> <p>I bought an excel course even though I'm solid in it because I believe it is useful everywhere and you can always be more efficient in it...</p> <p>2. What would be your top tips for adapting fast and doing well in the first few weeks / months?</p> <p>Thanks !</p>
    Hi there, Congratulations on your offer! These are the tips I usually recommend for MBB prep: On the technical side, Excel will be the most important technical thing to master at the beginning, in particular for ... (read entire answer)
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    Application still under review - Pwc

    consulting gradutes entry level PwC
    Most recent answer on Dec 24, 2020
    <p>Hi community,</p> <p>I've applied to Pwc Consulting alomost 20 days ago and my application portal indicates that my application is still under review. The problem is that in the info session, they gave us a date range for each one of the stages of the selection process. According to this, the CV screening phase has already passed (finalized 4 days ago). Should I interpret this as a rejection? Would reaching out to HR be a good idea? Thanks.</p>
    Its not a reject until you officially get one. Feel free to nudge HR early next week. A little delay under current COVID circumstances is okay. Good luck and hope the outcome is in your favour :).
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    How does work experience factor into years as an entry level Analyst?

    entry level MBB Pre MBA work experience
    Most recent answer on Dec 09, 2020
    <p>I am interested in moving from Banking to Consulting after a year as an Investment Banking analyst. How would this 1 year of experience be factored into my career progression at a consulting firm? Would I begin as a 1st-year analyst, and remain in the role for 3 years before a promotion, or is there a chance for an accelerated track? Does this differ between MBB? </p>
    Hi Anonymous, At MBB you join the same level as any other university hire - one year IB is not substantial. The 1 year as such is also irrelevant for any fast-track for promotion. What counts once you are inside is ... (read entire answer)
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    Unable to even get an interview call. How to get one?

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    Most recent answer on Nov 26, 2020
    <p>My Background:</p> <p>So, I am currently completing a masters program in mechanical engineering and maangement from a top university in Germany but orginally from outside of the EU. My grades from Masters are just okay, but not good enough from consutling standards. However, I have been a top performer throughout my other academic career and have an interesting record of extra curriculars (even in masters). </p> <p>I don't have an internship expereince in consulting, but I worked for a top industrial giant with their supply chain as well as R&amp;D product developement teams, for a total of 18 months. During this time, I suggessted multiple improvements to their supply chain and got an opportunity to present my product idea for a patent review. </p> <p>I currently work as part time Quality Analyst in a VR based startup to suport myself. Also, my master thesis is focussed on consulting and is indeed a novel topic that I defined myself. </p> <p>Local language is of an issue at this point of time, so I only apply to events and companies that require just english and nothing else. Still, I am not even getting a call for an interview or an event. I have been practising cases and solving multiple consulting assignements online. I have approached several professionals and recruiters who mentioned that I should definitely get interview calls after reviewing my CV. But I got none until now.</p> <p>Kindly provide me some insights on how to proceed further. I am serious about a careeer in consutling. Thanks in advance. </p>
    Hello! Do you want to send over the CV? A priori, the only issue I would see is the language. Cheers, Clara
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    Can I negotiate my entry position in McKinsey (from BA to Junior Associate/Associate)?

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    Most recent answer on Nov 15, 2020
    <p>Hi Preploungers,</p> <p>I am going through the hiring process with McKinsey. I have done my 1st round of interviews. I am being interviewed for a BA position, however, this is because I applied almost 1.5 years ago and pushed back interviews until now. I have a non-business master degree from a reputable university in my country and upon starting with McKinsey I will hit the two years mark in my current job. My job is within the corporate innovation (business related job). Therefore, given these data points, would it be possible to negotiate changing my entry position from BA to JA or Associate? If yes, when? after receiving the offer or now?</p> <p>Note: I have a backup plan to start my MPA in a top tier school and I plan to use that as negotiation tactics if it's feasible.<br> </p> <p>Looking forward to your answers.</p> <p>Thanks!</p>
    Hi there, I guess it's an uphill battle, but if your interview performance could convince the partners that you are ready for the associate role, go for it. However, bear in mind these points To be eligible for ... (read entire answer)
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    Is 24 too old to Join McKinsey at an entry level undergrad position?

    entry level MBB Mck McKinsey
    Most recent answer on Nov 11, 2020
    <p>Hey everybody!</p> <p>I accepted an offer from McKinsey towards the end of my Bachelor's degree and would be starting in a couple of months, possibly from home due to COVID. I took a gap year after high school to start a packaging business which is doing just fine - however that meant that when I graduated I was 24 years old. I am worried that I would be one of the older undergrad recruits at McKinsey as generally fresh grads are around about 22 years of age. Would I feel "old" among my colleagues and out of place? Or am I overthinking? Thanks a million for your help!</p>
    Hi there, Let me ask the question in a different way, and you answer me...Would it matter if you made partner at 35 and other partners are 33 years old? You made it sound like 24 years old are from a different gener ... (read entire answer)
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    Is it worth to quit my job and prepare for Case Interview full-time? How long is it to prepare from scratch?

    associate consultant consulting analyst entry level firsttime quitting Recruiting timeline
    Most recent answer on Oct 26, 2020
    <p>I'm,33yo and I always wanted to work in Consulting. Never had a chance in the past but now I'm really in to give a proper go at it. I work as an analyst in finance doing operational reporting tasks and has 8 years of experience. I dont get enough time to prepare for case interviews or improve my math skills so I'm thinking of leaving my current employment and focus 6 months to prepare. Downside risk would be not getting picked with 6 months of gap in the CV with significant lost income. Any thoughts, suggestions from your experience? </p>
    No, please do NOT quit your job to prepare for a case interview where you have a 1% chance of getting in! Expect to spend over 100 hours total to prepare properly for these interviews (assuming you even get an intervi ... (read entire answer)
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    BCG Fulltime associate deadline

    associate BCG entry level fulltime
    Most recent answer on Aug 20, 2020
    <p>Hello All,</p> <p>BCG had the deadline for Full time associate applications on 18th of August. I managed to apply but a couple of my friends missed the deadline because the recruiting events are happening after the deadline</p> <p>Just curious to know - why do you think BCG had abnormaly early deadlines this year? For helpful context Mck and Bain have deadlines in Mid September and last year BCG's deadlines were in mid Sept.</p>
    Hi there, That's a shame! I can imagine your frustration. I highly recommend you create + use an application tracker moving forward. In this you should track: company office(s) applying to recruiter name/con ... (read entire answer)
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    Difference between fellow and BA at McK

    BCG entry level MBB McKinsey
    Most recent answer on Jul 14, 2020
    <p>Hi all! </p> <p>I've recently accepted a position as a fellow at McKinsey Pakistan. What are the differences between a fellow and a BA? </p> <p>Also how are entry level positions different than post MBA positions in terms of expectations, settling in quickly and the up our out culture? </p> <p>Thank you!</p>
    Hi! Historically, the Fellow position was introduced by the German office to cater for the fact that formal education level in Germany is structurally higher than in anglosaxon markets (US, UK etc). Meaning that, trad ... (read entire answer)
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    For MBB entry: Is the GPA more important or the school reputation?

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    Most recent answer on Jul 10, 2020
    Anonymous gave the best answer on Oct 20, 2017
    <p>For MBB entry, do you think it is better to choose a university with a lower reputation but which gives you the chance for a great GPA or a better university with lower GPA? Does MBB consider that for top universities a somewhat lower GPA is normal or do they filter you out right away if your GPA is let's say lower than 2.0?</p> <p>I hope my question is clear and that someone can shed some light on this issue. Thanks!</p>
    This is a good question. The short answer is both matter. However, it’s important to understand how MBB approach University recruiting. Having led both Office, Regional and University (MIT Sloan) recruiting as a Partner ... (read entire answer)
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    BCG vs McKinsey Germany: Culture, Prestige & Social Impact Projects

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    Most recent answer on Jun 24, 2020
    <p>Hello everyone,</p> <p>I hope you are all doing fine in those times.</p> <p>Perhaps before I start my actual question, some background information regarding myself to give you a better overview of my background:</p> <p>First of all, consulting was never really my goal, I initially wanted to be a doctor with a focus on heart surgeries. That is why for the last years I studied medicine in Heidelberg, Germany, and for most of my studies never completed consulting internships because I worked in hospitals to get practical experience. However, 1.5 years ago I had a car crash and my left hand was badly damaged. Even after some surgeries and special programs my hand didn’t fully recover and the left hand is often shaking, which is no issue when working on a computer, but this means that I will never be able to perform surgeries myself. </p> <p>After some tough months during which I didn’t really know what to do next, I talked to a friend of my father, who is a partner at a small and relatively new consulting firm in Germany with a focus on medical technology. He offered me to do an internship there, which I did earlier this year. I really enjoyed the project and working with colleagues from different backgrounds. </p> <p>Therefore, I looked at some articles and talked to some friends with business background and they told me the top firms in Germany are McKinsey and BCG, however since they never worked there themselves, they couldn’t really give me any detailed information. And during my studies, I didn’t bother to apply for some networking events. Therefore, I don’t really know the people that work there. Nevertheless, I applied for both firms for the Frankfurt Office and received offers for a start in 2021. During the interview process both companies were really friendly and professional.</p> <p>Normally, I would try to visit the different offices (in Frankfurt, Germany) to get to know the colleagues and make a decision where to work, but in times of COVID-19 this is not really feasible.</p> <p>Therefore, I hope you could help me with some general questions:</p> <ul> <li>How is the culture in those 2 firms and what are the differences? I read that the culture is better at BCG, but why (or why not) and is this also true for Germany?</li> <li>Who is the market leader in Germany (not only for healthcare) / is viewed as more prestigious (although this is not too important for me, but I read in a “vault ranking” that McKinsey is leading here)?</li> <li>In which company is it easier to support social impact projects?</li> </ul> <p>Thank you very much for your time and support.</p> <p>Stay healthy!</p>
    Hi - congratulations for your two job offers! This is awesome!! Concerning your questions How is the culture in those 2 firms and what are the differences? I read that the culture is better at BCG, but why (or wh ... (read entire answer)
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    Recent May 2020 Graduate Looking Full-Time: Resume Review

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    Most recent answer on Jun 16, 2020
    <p>Hi, everyone!</p> <p>I recently graduated from a target school this past May. With everything going on, I've taken time to reflect on where I want to start off my career, and have been looking seriously in consulting specifically strategy consulting. </p> <p>My GPA is a 3.3, but I've been working hard to networking with alumni and other connections as well as refining my cover letter, resume, and interview prep strategies to set myself up for success. Do I have a chance at consulting given the increase in competition due to COVID?</p> <p>I've had consultants look at my resume who have encouraged me to still apply, but I was wondering if anyone would mind giving my resume another look? :)</p> <p>Thanks in advance!</p>
    Hi there, in many offices a good GPA to target for MBB is 3.7+, thus you won’t be particularly strong on that part. Having said that, I know people with a GPA lower than yours who managed to be invited thanks to a str ... (read entire answer)
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    Got into MBB, have some time before start. Next steps?

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    Most recent answer on Jun 11, 2020
    <p>Hi guys,</p> <p>Thank to a large extent to preplounge and local experts, I got into MBB. I have a few months before the start of the job. What can I do/learn/prepare now to be more successful / to have easier transition later? </p> <p>Thank you</p>
    Hi, The most important thing you need to understand is that consulting is a client business and client is always first. Here is my subjective view of what's needed to succeed on different levels of hierarchy. Pls take ... (read entire answer)
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    What things do I need for starting my entry level consulting job?

    Career start entry level MBB on the job preparation
    Most recent answer on Jun 05, 2020
    <p>Hey everyone! I hope this is not a too trivial a question, but what things do I need, like what should I buy for starting my entry level job as MBB consultant? How many suits? Suitcase? Laptop bag? What kind of calculator? Is there anything that came in handy for you when you started your job? I would really appreciate some help as I'm on a tight budget for now and don't want to waste money on unnecessary things.</p>
    BCG will provide you with anything you need to do your jobwithin reason: -laptop -wifi hotspot -multiple chargers -3M privacy screen -phone -secured USB stick -pen, paper,etc -etc what you might want t ... (read entire answer)
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    Will an engineering masters from imperial help?

    campus recruiting entry level target university
    Most recent answer on Dec 10, 2019
    <p>Hey,</p> <p>I have just graduated from an average uni in the UK with a first in mechanical engineering. I also have a 1 year placement year at a big consumer goods company (think P&amp;G, Unilever , Nestle) in product supply.</p> <p>I am now on a gap year doing off-cycle internships . (I have a 4month gap because of family issues ). I have also applied for consultancy jobs but got dinged from almost all of them from cv screening .</p> <p>I am now looking to apply for a masters degree at imperial in either Biomechanical or Mechanical engineering . These are both subjects im interested in and I'm wondering how much it would help for my job application in consultancy the following year, as I'm not from a target uni right now.</p> <p>I'd appreciate it if anyone familiar with recruiting in the EMEA region could offer me advice. Thank you</p>
    Hi, Imperial College will help a lot in the CV building. I have worked with different ex-alumni of the school (especially with a technical background). For curiosity, I suggest to look at it on LinkedIn, where you can f ... (read entire answer)
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    Has anybody heard back from OW London, graduate intake?

    entry level graduate London Oliver Wyman
    Most recent answer on Nov 27, 2019
    <p>They had the final rounds from Thrusday to Tuesday, I did mine on Friday, but I have not heard anything yet. I was wondering if anybody has.</p>
    Hi, it usually takes up to one week to get back a feedback. I recommend to email/call HR without worrying about bothering them: they are there to help Hope it helps, Antonello
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