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    What sources of information do consultants use on the job to get insights on a certain sector/topic?

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    Most recent answer on May 11, 2021
    <p>Hi there, currently in the middle of my interviewing process for consulting entry position. I was just wondering, which sources of information do consultants in MBB and tier-2 (or any other) firm use on the job to gain insights on industry trends and to really become an expert on a certain topic in a short amount of time? Do they have large internal databases or what are consultants' go-to databases/homepages?</p> <p>Thanks in advance! :)</p>
    Hi there, This is what I personally used while at BCG: Internal research document. You will have access to a lot of information created by the knowledge team. Internal experts. You will be able to talk with memb ... (read entire answer)
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    Colleagues in consulting

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    Most recent answer on Mar 27, 2021
    <p>Due to the number of different projects during your life as a consultant, you have probably worked with a number of different people. Would you say that you have made close friends down the road? Also because of stressful projects leading to closer ties between teammates?</p>
    I d say the number or rather share of long-term friends you make is no different than attending any other large institution (e.g. large undergrad or postgrad uni) or, for that matter, any huge accumulation of people. ... (read entire answer)
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    Career as a consultant - progress and learning

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    Most recent answer on Mar 27, 2021
    <p>Oftentimes I hear people say: Join consulting after your masters because there is no other industry where you are able to learn a lot very quickly and progress. Is this true? And if so, why? </p>
    Hello there! It's definitely, 100% not true. People who say something like this believe that the progress in consultancy develops faster only because the work is intense. However, consulting is not the only sphere ... (read entire answer)
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    Technical skills useful in consulting

    consulting Excel offer on the job PowerPoint powerpoint presenation preparation Preparing for consulting work
    Most recent answer on Sep 30, 2020
    Anonymous gave the best answer on Jan 10, 2018
    <p>Hi Experts,</p> <p>Can you share some of the software and technical skills that could be useful in consulting (not counting traditional problem solving skills, I'm more thinking about harware/software, financial analysis etc. skills). E.g., would SQL, Tableau, R skills be useful?</p> <p>Thank you</p>
    Hey, Let me start by congratulating you on your upcoming role at MBB. Regarding your question and/or any market estimation in general (whenever you can't find any report with the data are already off-the-shelf som ... (read entire answer)
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    Working in MBB - Intellectually difficult or just demanding?

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    Most recent answer on Sep 22, 2020
    <p>Is working in MBB actually difficult once you are inside? Are the problems tough to crack - do they require a high IQ and excellent quant ability...OR is the major factor that you are somewhat smart and good with people, but more so your ability to work extremely hard to complete tasks under pressure tough time constraints?</p> <p>Cheers</p>
    Hi Anonymous, your certainly need to meet a certain threshold regarding cognitive smartness ("IQ"). However, you do not need to be Albert Einstein for sure! If you meet that required IQ floor level, it is much more im ... (read entire answer)
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    How to remain productive while putting long hours

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    Most recent answer on Sep 13, 2020
    <p>Hey guys,</p> <p>Oftentimes, consultants work 80-100 hours a week. It’s not just the quantity of hours, it’s also the intensity of these hours.</p> <p><strong>Do you have a set of principles, tactics, tricks, balanced food intake, supplements or anything else that allows you to remain productive while putting these hours for months and years?</strong></p> <p>Some of the things I’ve heard so far:</p> <ol> <li>You just get used to it. </li> <li>You have to like what you do and what you do has to be big and important and then, impacting the lives of hundreds or even millions of people motivates you</li> </ol> <p>What helped you remain productive? </p>
    This is a really common question a lot of people ask when moving into consulting. A few thoughts from my experiences: - You will simply NOT be productive if you are working 80+ hours a week for a sustained period. In ... (read entire answer)
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    Is 20 months on the job too early to leave consulting?

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    Most recent answer on Sep 02, 2020
    <p>I'm a post-MBA consultant; I kind of hate it to be honest and am pretty miserable. I love the juniors, but the seniors are unreasonable and unfair and the pressure, stress and expectations are just too much. There are only about 3 case leaders and 1 partner that I've enjoyed working with; the rest make life miserable.</p>
    Hi Anonymous, I definitely don't think 20 months is too early to leave the job. Generally at MBB there tends to be a pretty significant exodus at the ~2 year mark, either to industry, finance, or to work at / start th ... (read entire answer)
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    What can you learn from being a consultant?

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    Most recent answer on Jun 11, 2020
    <p>I recently read the question somewhere and it made me think... what do you learn from the consulting job? What would you say?</p>
    Hi Anonymous, here is a list of the main things you may learn as a consultant: Solve complex problems. You will learn how to find appropriate solutions for complex issues, even in areas you are not familiar with, ... (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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    Got The Job; When to Start?

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    Most recent answer on Jun 05, 2020
    <p>Hi! Much thanks to this website I finally landed my dream job at McKinsey. They offered me a few different start dates: e.g. Beginning of September or Mid-October. Question is: how "well rested" must one be to take on these consulting jobs? Of course I realize it very much depends on the person but still.</p> <p>Right now I am taking a very relaxed language class (3 hrs per day, not part of my degree, Ive graduated already, it's more for fun) until end of August. Which would give me only a week or so of "pure" vacation before I'd start in September. Then again, I have some extended weekends here and there until then. Without consulting anyone Id go for September since excited to start, but wanted to hear from people with experience, if a later start date is always better, and if being as well rested as possible is key here! Many thanks!! </p> <p>(I'd probably travel or do nothing if opting for the later start date, but figured consultants get at least Some vacation too?? At least from their website it says they encourage people to take a few weeks off in the summer but don't know how true this is. I only have gruesome banking experience before so hard to tell). </p> <p>Thank you!! </p>
    So, everyone is different with their personal needs for down-time, but from my (BCG) perspective, it's better to start earlier in the year - why? Because consulting billing slows considerably closer to December because ... (read entire answer)
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    What things do I need for starting my entry level consulting job?

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    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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    MBB - what to buy before starting

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    Most recent answer on Aug 28, 2019
    <p>I am starting at one MBB in the US (west coast) in a couple of weeks. What should I expect to be given by the firm in terms of laptop, phone, carry on bag...? What would you suggest for me to buy to get ready for the job and travelling?</p>
    Hi, The firm will give you: laptop (with privacy screen), phone (with cover and privacy screen) + bag where to put laptop and documents + paper, pens, pencils, and all office stuff What you should buy: - Solid, hi ... (read entire answer)
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    Living in hotels

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    Most recent answer on Jun 29, 2019
    <p>Hey everyone,</p> <p>I've recently joined a consulting firm and have been pondering my living situation. Essentially the office I'm at is very travel intensive and due to this, I'll only be in my home city for two days a week. A couple of my colleagues have decided not to rent/buy a flat to live in and instead decide to just remain in hotels over the weekend when they come back to their 'home city'. I understand that this is a great way to save money but was just thinking that this approach can lead to burnout when you consider that you won't have a place to call 'home'. I'd love to hear the thoughts of anyone who has been in a similar situation!</p> <p>Thanks! </p>
    Hi Anonymous, If it helps, I also considered this decision. I ultimately decided on keeping a home. At least for me, having a home base to put my things, relax/recover in on the weekend, see familiar faces at etc. def ... (read entire answer)
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    Is consulting an insanely stressful job?

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    Recent activity on Apr 26, 2019
    It depends what it is stressful for you. I think it is fair to say it is a demanding but very rewarding job! In my experience, most common stressors for people approaching / intending to work in consulting are - Worki ... (read entire answer)
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    Between a Rock & Hard Place

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    Recent activity on Sep 26, 2018
    <p>Hello,</p> <p>This not a case question but rather a career one. I am currently a management consultant at a tier 2 consulting firm (e.g. Deloitte, Accenture, AT Kearney). I received an experienced hire interview from MBB. My current case ends in two weeks and I planned to take 2 weeks off to prepare for my MBB interview in November.</p> <p>A partner emailed me and told me they'd really like me to be on a case that starts right after my current one. I can say no, but this case is in the field I've wanted to do work in since I joined the firm out of undergrad a year ago.</p> <p>I am between a rock and hard place because I am staring at a case in front of me at my current company that I've wanted to be on for a long time. Yet I also told myself that I would commit two weeks of paid time off to do nothing but refine my interview presentation because getting into MBB would take my career to the next level.</p> <p>In theory, I can do both the case and prepare for my interview but as those of you consultants know, once you get on a case, life can get crazy and I do not want to come out of this situation feeling like I did not give my all to my MBB interview. If I forgo the case the partner emailed me about and I don't get MBB, I'm not sure how easy it will be to get on a similar type of case again but if I ultimately get MBB, it won't matter because I would have catapulted my career to an astronomical level.</p> <p>Would love some advice.</p>
    I think you have the right answer staring at you in the face: what happens if you take the new project, fail your interviews and never get into MBB - what then? Will you hate yourself forever? Having said that, I'd li ... (read entire answer)
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    Transition to another consultancy

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    Recent activity on Sep 19, 2018
    <p>Hi community!</p> <p>I can find a lot of information on the switch within MBB level, but what do I have to consider when I want to transition to another consultancy on the same level, but non-MBB? E.g. boutique firms or Tier2/3?</p> <p>What is the best time for a switch? And is this common?</p> <p>I appreciate your answer</p>
    Hi Anonymous, the main element to consider is always your motivation for the change. Normally, you want to move to a company better positioned to your goals, thus you should do due diligence in advance to ensure the t ... (read entire answer)
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    How would you summarize your experience as a management consultant in one word?

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    Must have gadgets / gift ideas for future McKinsey consultants?

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    Recent activity on Jun 02, 2018
    Anonymous C gave the best answer on May 29, 2018
    <p>Hi everyone,</p> <p>I just stumbled across this forum and hope you can help me. </p> <p>My brother recently got an offer for his entry level position at McKinsey. To start his job, I want to give him a little something... not a boring gift but something cool that he can ideally also use on the job or otherwise during his daily life as a consultant. </p> <p>Is there anything you can recommend? Like a cool gadget that you find really useful?</p> <p>Thanks in advance for any hints!</p>
    What a very kind gesture - I don't know how much you want to spend but here are some rough ideas. Cufflinks Tie wireless headphones laptop bag briefcase travel suitcase watch starbucks voucher gym ... (read entire answer)
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    Is the ability to ace interviews a prerequisite to be a good consultant ?

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    Recent activity on Feb 09, 2018
    <p>Hello again !</p> <p>We're all preparing for interviews and wondering if it is a training for the consulting job or more a test to pass. Of course the general business ideas and structuring are important but is being a great interviewee mean you will be a great consultant ? What about training and experience you get as soon as you join ?</p> <p>Cheers</p>
    In a certain sense YES...without great interview skills you are not given the chance to prove yourself as a great consultant :) A more serious answer: Definitely not. I've interviewed several false positives unfortuna ... (read entire answer)
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    Typical day of a consultant

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    Recent activity on Apr 10, 2017
    <p>How does the typical day of a management consultant look like? And how does it differ depending on the position (Associate, Consultant, Project Leader, Principal...)?</p>
    Hey Anonymous, I'm sorry to dissapoint, but there is no such thing as a typical day. Some days I will be staffed somewhere in Kuwait working until 3am on some obscure valuation, and then the next day my team decides t ... (read entire answer)
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