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What should I work on preparing to enter I and II tiers consulting companies


What should I work on mainly preparing to enter I and II tiers consulting companies?

I know that it differs from one to another (depending on one`s weakness), but say out of 100 hours spent (probably in reality around 500 hours):

How many hours on average should be spent focusing on:

-solving cases

-standard test

-fit questions

-envelope questions

-finding contacts in the company

-other things like reading the company`s published articles

Thanks in advance for your advice


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replied on 01/04/2018
BCG Consultant |Consulting Case Coach at London Business School

Hi Eli,

The answer depends on whether you already have an interview. If you don't, then your focus should be on sharpening your resume and connecting with consultants to maximise your chances of getting an interview.

If you do have an interview (or believe you have a high chance of getting one), then my advice is to focus most of your time on cases. Cases are by far the most important aspect. An outstanding candidate who gave the best possible response to fit but gave an average answer to a case will not make it past the first round.

If you're a confident person that gets along well with others and has experience with behavioural type interviews, then not much time needs to be spent on fit, except to fine tune your 'stories'. If you're shy, have English (or whatever language) as a second language, then more time is necessary. I don't really want to put a number to it, but somewhere between 70/30 to 90/10 focusing on cases vs fit might be appropriate.

Good luck!

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replied on 02/23/2018

Hey Eli,

I fully subscribe Mitch's points, but fell the need to add a small caveat: if you're applying to McKinsey you definitely need to devote a significant time to the fit part - I've seen so many candidates failing McKinsey simply because they didn't prepare well enough for the fit portion (it's really different from everything else you've done or prepared for other firms).

Best and good luck


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