Tier 2 consulting firm application strategy

New answer on May 07, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 10, 2020

I'm currently preparing to apply for tier 2 consulting firms, such as big 4 / Kearney / Accenture / LEK. However, after doing some research, I realized that the recruiting is not so structured compared to MBB, and often, there is no job posting for experienced hire on the website. Also, for big 4, sometimes it is hard to say which roles are the "pure strategy roles".

My question is:

(1) What are the general strategy of applying to tier 2 firms? Maybe even more emphasis on networking, to try to find whether there is a position opening?

(2) For Big 4, what would be a good networking strategy, as there are so many different "consultant" on Linkedin, and hard to differentiate whether they work at the "pure strategy" group.

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replied on Mar 10, 2020
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Hi There,

(1) Actually I think that you can put more emphasis on your willingness/motivation to work for these companies, they focus more on understanding if you really want to work for them and less on business cases. Commonly they ask less structures business cases.

(2) As usual, the best netwroking strategy is contact one friend or at least convince one of your friend to introduce one that work there.

If you need further rec. please text me in private!

Good luck!

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Anonymous replied on May 06, 2020

For tier 2, try to get referral, or via head hunter. I know Kearney and LEK use head hunters as I have been approached before by their HH.

When you look at LinkedIn, those consultants who work at the strategy side would actually try to differentiate themselves. E.g. You would not see a Strategy& consulant put themselves as PWC consultant, they would always put Strategy&. A Monitor Deloitte consultant would not leave out the "monitor" either.

Hope it makes sense to you.


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Anonymous replied on May 07, 2020

Hi A,

I would choose the strategy to apply through referrals. That could maximize your chances to get to pole.

I have also helped multiple people to get offer from Tier1, Tier2 firms. If you need any insights, feel free to reach out.



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replied on Apr 01, 2020
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Hi there,

for second-tier company I would still target referrals, specifically:

  1. Identify who are the people that can more easily help you
  2. Write them a customized email
  3. Have a call with the consultant, and indirectly ask for a referral

Below you can find more details:


in terms of identifying the “right” consultants working in strategy for Big 4, you should ideally be able to identify it from the LinkedIn profile and the project they worked on.

Hope this helps,


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replied on Apr 01, 2020
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I would apply to all the tier2 now, if you can with a referral.


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