What’s an example of how you helped someone this month?

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New answer on Aug 12, 2022
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Anonymous A asked on Sep 21, 2019

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Robert
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updated an answer on Oct 05, 2020
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Hi there,

First of all you need to understand the underlying thought process from the consulting firm's point of view, before specifically thinking about the answer to this question.

In consulting, you are essentially in a (professional) client service industry. Thus your primary goal is to help clients and make them more successful.

To make your clients more successful, you need to understand their situation and problem they are facing, analyze it and derive a logical actionable solution which the client is feasable to implement.

Once you immersed yourself into this world and thinking, the way to answer this question is rather obvious. Find a situation which resembles the short summary above of what you do as a consultant - in which someone had a problem, which you understood and analyzed, and finally solved (if it's quantifiable, the better).

Hope this helps!

If so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Oscar
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replied on Oct 04, 2020
It's all about creativity ! I will give tools to become more creative on your case

I believe that there are 3 main subjects/attitudes that need to be cover by such questions :

1. I helped someone without aiming to recieve gratitude of my superiors (other person)

2. I have good skills in this.... and this.....

3. I like helping and it is naturale for me as a person

Example of the answer : I actually had such situation not such a long time ago, when my collegue from work were struggling with his excel. He was supposed to conduct an analysis that he recieved end of day. As my evening was not as busy as his I proposed him a 15 minutes workshop on the formula preparation what helped him quit a lot. Finally he could finished his work not so late in the night. To be honest I am a big fun of the book "Give & take" of Adam Grant and in my case, the same colluegue have help me as well on subjects on which, in exchange, I was not as strong as he were.

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Sam replied on Aug 12, 2022

A request was made by a customer that was out of the responsibilities of my team and wider department. Having spent time in the position of the customer, I decided that indicating the appropriate path whilst doing nothing more would be detrimental to future relations, whilst also jeopardising the strategic goals of their organisation. I mentored them through the process required to achieve their request, while remaining a POC for any further concerns he had. The request was achieved and a contract amendment placed to facilitate it through a different channel.

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Anonymous updated the answer on Apr 29, 2022

I have learned a lot in the last two years about corporate law etc. 

Several start-ups approached me with similar problems in their internal agreements. 

I gave free consulting to some startups to set-up their legal agreements internally. 

They were able to understand implications and set-up agreements, while they helped me with improving my weaknesses e.g. in marketing. 

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Anonymous D replied on Nov 06, 2021

found a solution for a problem at work

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Anonymous C replied on Oct 21, 2021

My friend has been sad for a while, so I spend a large chunk of my free time talking to him and making sure he forgets his sorrows for a little while.

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Anonymous B updated the answer on Sep 25, 2021

A Team Mate needed help in creating the onboarding orientation decks for new hires. I knew I had to helped because at that time he was overwhelmed with putting out fires relating fixing a new offer that had previously failed at lunch. I helped him by sharing training resources from my own onboarding and creating some slides that previously never existed e.g the organization structure of the team and links to learning resources for new recruits on the program. 
The deck was ready for use before the deadline on time for our new hire orientation. This reduced the time/effort that new hires spend in finding information about their roles.

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