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    How to answer the question: Why us? Not other consulting firms?

    asking questions case interview preparation
    Most recent answer on Jun 28, 2021
    The best answer (on Jun 27, 2021) is from:
    Udayan
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    gave the best answer on Jun 27, 2021
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    Hi,  To best answer these questions - make sure you read up about the firm and its culture and values. Everyone wants to be told they are special and unique, understand what makes each firm unique ·         For exam ... (read entire answer)
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    When to ask which questions: Which questions do you ask before you come up with a structure and which do you ask after?

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    Most recent answer on Dec 31, 2020
    The best answer (on Mar 07, 2017) is from:
    Vlad
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    Vlad
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    gave the best answer on Mar 07, 2017
    McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School
    Pre-structure questions 1) Clarify the business model. Even if you think you understand it, try to repeat it to make sure that you understand in correctly. 2) Clarify the objective. Here make sure that your goal is: ... (read entire answer)
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    Questions to ask in networking event

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    Most recent answer on Oct 21, 2020
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    Egor
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    Egor
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    gave the best answer on Aug 24, 2018
    Collected McKinsey & BCG offers/ Ex-McKinsey consultant/Harvard/WBS/MSU
    That’s a good and important question. I am glad you asked. During the meeting you should try to find some touch points with people to build relationships, thus ask for their hobbies and iterests outside the work. If ... (read entire answer)
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    What questions should I ask at the end?

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    Most recent answer on Sep 06, 2020
    The best answer (on Jul 08, 2019) is from:
    Vlad
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    McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School
    Vlad
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    gave the best answer on Jul 08, 2019
    McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School
    HI, 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 ... (read entire answer)
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    Is ok to systematically ask question to clarify the business model? Especially for Profitability cases

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    Most recent answer on Aug 13, 2020
    The best answer (on Feb 28, 2018) is from:
    Andrea
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    Andrea
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    gave the best answer on Feb 28, 2018
    Former BCG Principal and decision round interviewer
    Yes, as highlighted, not asking this might be an hindrance to the development of a customized framework and hence resolution of the case. The way I would phrase such a question would be (let's take credit card as an exa ... (read entire answer)
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    Questions to ask towards the end of the interview

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    Most recent answer on Aug 10, 2020
    The best answer (on Oct 25, 2018) is from:
    Francesco
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    gave the best answer on Oct 25, 2018
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    Hi Anonymous, relevant questions at the end are a great way to show your interest in the company and get additional points. Ideally, your questions should respect the following criteria: Should not be related to s ... (read entire answer)
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    How would you quantify the difference between two very different things?

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    Most recent answer on Aug 08, 2020
    The best answer (on Aug 06, 2020) is from:
    Sidi
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    McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers
    Sidi
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    gave the best answer on Aug 06, 2020
    McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers
    Hi! This is a very nice example of a question that is too undefined to structure. So the precondition to come up with any meaningful approach is ot nail down the person who asked the question on the reference point of ... (read entire answer)
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    How many clarifying questions are appropriate and when should they be asked?

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    Most recent answer on Aug 06, 2020
    The best answer (on Aug 09, 2020) is from:
    Sidi
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    McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers
    Sidi
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    gave the best answer on Aug 09, 2020
    McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers
    Hi Anonymous! You touch on an important point here. Many candidates don't understand what distinguishes the clarifying questions at the start from later analysis-related questions (asking for market data. financials, ... (read entire answer)
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    Clarifying questions

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    Most recent answer on Aug 06, 2020
    Anonymous gave the best answer on Jun 05, 2018
    Hey there, It could be helpful if you clarified with whoever provided your feedback on why you should have asked clarifying questions. In the absence of more detail, I'll share 2 cents from some common pitfalls that ... (read entire answer)
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    Best questions to ask at the end of interview

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    Most recent answer on May 22, 2020
    The best answer (on May 16, 2018) is from:
    Sidi
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    McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers
    Sidi
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    gave the best answer on May 16, 2018
    McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers
    Hi! There is a whole lot of great questions you can ask. My best advice is to really think through what interests you most about the job, the firm, or the industry! If you have a particular interest (industry sector, ... (read entire answer)
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    When to ask questions and when to proactively make assumptions

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    Most recent answer on Apr 05, 2020
    The best answer (on Mar 20, 2020) is from:
    Daniel
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    McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
    Daniel
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    gave the best answer on Mar 20, 2020
    McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
    Hi Clemens, Honestly, it depends on the case and the company you are interviewing with (at McKinsey you almost never have to make any such assumptions, an interviewer gives you all the data you need). But the best ... (read entire answer)
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    It's the interviewees time to ask questions to the interviewers - What to ask an experienced consultant

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    Recent activity on Feb 18, 2019
    The best answer (on Feb 18, 2019) is from:
    Vlad
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    McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School
    Vlad
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    gave the best answer on Feb 18, 2019
    McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School
    Hi, First of all - never ask why someone hates the job. You'll fail the interview:) The main objective is to have a good conversation and highlight your intellectual capacity and curiosity. Thus: It is ok to ask: ... (read entire answer)
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    Asking for culture

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    Recent activity on Mar 14, 2018
    Anonymous gave the best answer on Mar 14, 2018
    Agree with Vlad, but there is a way I've found useful. I ask my interviewer their best memory so far of being at the firm. It solves for two things: (1) ends the interview on a happy note (2) gives you the top-end/posit ... (read entire answer)
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