What questions would you ask the partners in 2nd round?

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Edited on Oct 31, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Sep 22, 2019

Hi all, thank you for the helpful advice. Would you be also able to suggest appropriate questions to give to the partners? I am worried about striking the right balance. I feel like I already have my answers from the information available, from talking to people working at the MBB company, former employees as well as my first round interviewers. I don't want to choose something that I can obviously learn from these other sources, but equally I don't want to be too personal. Thank you in advance

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Anonymous replied on Sep 23, 2019

Hey A,

I would recommend you to study the company news feed in advance. Maybe you will find an interesting recently published study of this company or any other relevant news and could ask specific questions about it.

Another way is to ask the partner about his motivation for consulting and company, i.e.:

  • What makes you wake up every Monday at 5 am in the morning and go to the client after all these years?
  • How do you manage your work pressure with a family?
  • Where do you see the benefit of the Company XY comparing other MBB, tier-1?

A little bit provocative question, but will definetely make partner to remember you:

  • What is important for you during the interview - how do you select the candidates?

Hope it helps.

Good luck with an interview and let me know if you need any help in preparation!

Best,

André

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Robert
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replied on Sep 22, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

I fully agree to your opinion to NOT ask any obvious questions which you can gather from other sources as well - there is definitely a better way than that to use valuable partner face-time.

Concerning "too personal": it depends on what precisely you refer to, but there is nothing wrong with personal questions in terms of personal views or opinions on some topics ... and that might even lead to some interesting insights. Some questions I am thinking of are e.g.

  • Where exactly do you see the competitive advantage of [company] vs. their competitors?
  • Which three things turned out to be differently after joining [company] than what you anticipated in advance?
  • ...

Hope that helps to think into the right direction!

Robert

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Anonymous A on Sep 22, 2019

Hi Robert, thank you very much. This helps a lot, especially your second suggestion. I got some ideas on a back of that.

Aws
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replied on Sep 24, 2019
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Hi A,

Next to the excellent answers posted here - you can also ask him/her:

If you could go back in time, what would you do differently in the first 6 months when you started at XYZ firm?

This will essentially give you a tip of what you should focus on if you receive the offer.

Does this help?

Best,
Aws

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Clara
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updated an answer on Oct 31, 2020
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Hello!

Congrats for moving to final round!

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Vlad
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HI,

In most of the cases, you'll have no chance to research in profile. From what I've seen only Bain shares interviewers names.

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 people)
  • Questions on the topics you are excited about (e.g. data science)
  • Non-business questions (e.g. team retreats)

It's not ok to ask:

  • Questions that can cause negative emotions (e.g. work hours)
  • Information you should learn before the interview (e.g. typical career path)
  • Questions that may show that you are unfamiliar with consulting work (Like are you specialized in strategy or operations?)

Be prepared and good luck!

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Anonymous B replied on Sep 22, 2019

You could ask about team structure and culture, how many people are in his team, what is the background of the people, how do they work together, do they do stuff outside work etc. This is always interesting because it's information you can't find on the website, and shows the interviewer you are a team player who cares about more than just doing a good job.

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Anonymous A on Sep 22, 2019

Hello, thank you for your suggestion, but you actually can find this information from what is online (remember these days it's not only their website, but the local office's Facebook, Insta...) regarding what they do together, what is their background (presenting individual consultants, etc). Especially with McK, they put it all out there. Plus this you will most likely have from conversations with them before the interview rounds. Unfortunately, this falls into the category of already available and should know before...

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