What can I do in the next year to prepare thoroughly for MBB consultant hiring processes?

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Anonymous A asked on Jul 02, 2019

Bachelors was in finance from a top ranked university in India 4 years ago.

Non consulting experience: Around 4 years of experience with a well known banking MNC in finance and data analytics. Also involved managing teams of around 8 analysts, making client pitch-books, working with government on some implementation projects and on constructing valuation and financial models. Also part of the national CSR committee for the organization.

Will pursue my MPA at LSE starting this September.

Primarily, what can I do to prepare for the selection process as well as to build a well rounded profile to pass the initial shortlist? For instance, I have won accolades in classical dance forms and for some volunteering projects I initiated at college and then at work and planned to actively engage in similar clubs at LSE. Furthermore, what technical skills should I work on? I have experience with IB softwares like FactSet, Thompson, Capital IQ etc. And can work on softwares like SQL, Stata, R; in addition to having above average command over excel and ppt - should I start learning Tableau too?

Also, do I qualify as an experienced hire or will I be considered for entry level roles?

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replied on Jul 02, 2019
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Hi,

Hi,

Most probably you will be considered as an experienced hire

You can learn Tableau in 1 day - not a gamechanger

The following extracurricular activities can help:

  • Launching your own venture and entrepreneurial activities (even failing them is fine)
  • Grants / scholarships - even better if related to some research or entrepreneurial projects
  • Projects for companies - you may consider doing a free project for the company or a startup or writing a case that future grads will use
  • Volunteer / social activities. I would aim at the activities where you can have a leadership role. Organizing some club may work as well.
  • Case Competitions-especially the ones organized by your target company
  • Researches / articles published in well-known sources

The best thing you can do is getting a referral. Pls find more information regarding the referral here:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/what-is-a-referral-really-1103#a2129

Best!

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Anonymous A on Jul 02, 2019

Thanks for all the recommendations above! Very insightful. Any tip on how to distribute the time for the selection process prep?

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