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When to start with the preparation process?

Hi everybody

which time horizon do you guys suggest for a proper interview preparation. I mean all in all, e.g., case studie practice, PEI prep etc. to my background: I am currently doing my PhD and have a quite clear idea about when to to my interviews. Namely July 2019.

Thank you very much!

Hi everybody

which time horizon do you guys suggest for a proper interview preparation. I mean all in all, e.g., case studie practice, PEI prep etc. to my background: I am currently doing my PhD and have a quite clear idea about when to to my interviews. Namely July 2019.

Thank you very much!

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Hi! From my experience, 8 weeks is a realistic time frame for covering all aspects of becoming "offer-ready" while still having to work/study. However, it varies for each person, also based on whether some flawed habits need to be "unlearned".

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Hi! From my experience, 8 weeks is a realistic time frame for covering all aspects of becoming "offer-ready" while still having to work/study. However, it varies for each person, also based on whether some flawed habits need to be "unlearned".

Cheers, Sidi

Hi Sidi! Thanks for your help. — Sebastian on Mar 06, 2019 (edited)

I think that really depends on your background. The word "PhD' raises red flags for me. When I finished my PhD, writing the thesis and then defending it took a ton of time. The last three months were full of 80 hour weeks, and I would not have been able to also prepare for case interviews. So be careful with this time commitment, most people underestimate it.

And then, it also depends on what you've been doing and on how much you actually need to prepare. If it's a PhD in economics you'll have a good starting position, but otherwise you might have to invest significant time into practicing mental math, learning business basics, or even networking (even if it's just to build a network of case study partners).

Good luck!

I think that really depends on your background. The word "PhD' raises red flags for me. When I finished my PhD, writing the thesis and then defending it took a ton of time. The last three months were full of 80 hour weeks, and I would not have been able to also prepare for case interviews. So be careful with this time commitment, most people underestimate it.

And then, it also depends on what you've been doing and on how much you actually need to prepare. If it's a PhD in economics you'll have a good starting position, but otherwise you might have to invest significant time into practicing mental math, learning business basics, or even networking (even if it's just to build a network of case study partners).

Good luck!

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For your FIT prep in particular:

On top of the insights already shared in the post, the "Integrated FIT guide for MBB" has been recently published in PrepLounge´s shop (https://www.preplounge.com/en/shop/tests-2/integrated-fit-guide-for-mbb-34)

It provides an end-to-end preparation for all three MBB interviews, tackling each firms particularities and combining key concepts review and a hands-on methodology. Following the book, the candidate will prepare his/her stories by practicing with over 50 real questions and leveraging special frameworks and worksheets that guide step-by-step, developed by the author and her experience as a Master in Management professor and coach. Finally, as further guidance, the guide encompasses over 20 examples from real candidates.

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