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Francesco

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#1 Expert for Coaching Sessions (2.700+) | 1.100+ Reviews with 100% Recommendation Rate | Ex BCG | 7+ Years Coaching Experience

  • BCG
  • English, Italian, Spanish
  • Singapore
  • $349 / hour
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Top skills

  • Structuring
  • Networking and Referrals
  • Written cases

My approach

Note 1: due to the Coronavirus, many companies have switched to organizing video interviews from home based on written cases. Please let me know in advance if that's the case for you, I have a large amount of material available for that which I can share before the class. Also, I would not recommend you apply via websites/LinkedIn in this period - it is unlikely you will get replies - you should instead look for referrals. Please PM me for more info on that.

Note 2: besides standard classes, I also offer the GYM Program, aiming to provide full coverage of all the necessary tools to land an offer in just 5 sessions with a 41% discount on classes and materials (please review below the full details of the program). As I have few slots available per month, please send me a private message to verify availability in case you are interested.

Note 3: I am also offering 1 only GYM Program Plus per month with 10 sessions at 51% discount - please see below the details.

Note 4: I am usually booked one week in advance, but I can try to organize a last-minute slot if you are very close to the interview (i.e. scheduled in less than one week). If that's the case, please let me know in your message that you would need preparation as soon as possible and I can organize accordingly.

Note 5: If you have any questions drop me a message, I provide guaranteed responses in 12h, regardless of your time zone.

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In the last 7 years I have helped hundreds of people from 5 continents in consulting interview preparation. To my surprise, I discovered that 80% of candidates do 2 major mistakes, right at the beginning of the case. This was consistent between people with few cases done, and people with 100+ cases under their belt who read Case in Point and Victor Cheng, and spent hundreds of euros in coaching. Can you guess which they are?

Unfortunately, if you do one of these 2 mistakes, you are likely done with your consulting dream job career. Statistically, if you do not know which they are, you will do at least one of them.

That’s where I can help. I can lead you to identify the major mistakes you may do in your next interview, get additional invitations via referral - including MBB - and define the optimal action plan before the big day, based on your areas of improvement, so that you can get the offer you deserve.

The truth is, the mainstream material out there doesn't work anymore. I almost failed my first round at McKinsey because I practiced on Victor Cheng and Case in Point only. After that, I decided to go through 150 cases to be sure I would not repeat the same mistakes. I studied ALL the consulting prep material I could find available, online and offline. I then went through finals with McKinsey, Bain, Oliver Wyman and BCG, before choosing the latter. You can now leverage in 1 hour the experience I gained in more than 2.700 coaching sessions, thanks to PrepLounge.

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WHY CHOOSE ME

There is one single metric you should consider when choosing a coach: success rate. Coaching with me you have 83% chance to move to the next round or land an offer; that’s statistically based on the last 7 years and you can find proof of that in the reviews at the end of this page. This is something you need to know before starting coaching with an expert, and I would encourage you to compare the reviews at the end with those of the alternatives you are considering, to better evaluate your investment.

Below you can find some additional statistics from my coaching you may find useful for comparison with alternatives:

  • 2.700+ certified coaching sessions on PrepLounge. Several coaches claim they have done hundreds of sessions. The problem is, they can't show any evidence of that. With me, you have them certified and guaranteed
  • 1.100+ reviews with 100% recommendation rate. All the reviews are available at the bottom of this page
  • 76% of the people who booked with me one class booked additional sessions after the first. You can find evidence of that in the reviews at the bottom of this page

Moreover booking a class with me you will get:

  • Connections. A diversified network of hundreds of current consultants worldwide, previous alumni of my classes, to leverage referrals and networking
  • Certified knowledge. Complete Q&A knowledge on consulting, certified by 1.000+ forum contributions on the PrepLounge forum and 3.000+ upvotes for them
  • Insider information. Specific information on McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Oliver Wyman, Roland Berger, Strategy&, Kearney, Monitor Deloitte, ZS Associates, Simon-Kucher, Delta Partners, ADL, Siemens Consulting, Dalberg, IQVIA and LEK, thanks to the broad network of alumni of my classes

If you book the GYM Program (please see the details below), as part of the sessions you will also get $600+ worth of material for free.

Moreover, thanks to 7+ years of experience in coaching, I can be sure to provide the most updated information on recent changes in the recruiting process for top consulting firms. This is something that can hardly be done by someone who has just started with coaching sessions, even if he/she is an experienced consultant, since the interview process has changed substantially in the last few years, in particular for MBB. Each month, I do 10X+ the number of coaching sessions of the average coach on PrepLounge, thus I get 10X more insides than everyone else.

Finally, as further proof of the coaching effectiveness, 7 current PrepLounge experts are actually people I coached. They not only landed offers, but managed to thrive and become experts themselves. This means 2% of some of the best coaches in the world for consulting prep comes directly from my training. There are no other experts on PrepLounge that have achieved that.

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MY APPROACH

When we start coaching, my goal is not simply to provide you with a good one-hour training for consulting interviews. My goal is that you succeed, whatever your specific goal in consulting is. As a consequence:

  • Our sessions will last until you are satisfied with all your questions and have received personalized written feedback on your performance - don't worry about the classical time limit
  • If you have a last-minute interview (less than 3 days before we talk) I will provide you my personal number and will be available for you over the phone and via WhatsApp for last-minute doubts after the session, free of charge.
  • I will be available by email for additional tips and material until you have actually achieved your goal and joined your desired consulting firm.

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WHAT WE WILL COVER IN A CLASS

  • Full practice with a mock interview, either interviewee or interviewer led, according to the company you are applying for
  • Mistakes cleaning: the 2 major mistakes people do and how to avoid them
  • The right way to formulate a hypothesis
  • Review of math and graph analyses and how to optimize them
  • The best way to present your structure so that it can always fit the case
  • Detailed written feedback at least 1 page long on your performance for 3 areas (fit, case and communication) and the exact steps to avoid to repeat the mistakes again, personalized according to your performance
  • Differences between interviews at McKinsey, Bain, BCG and other top consulting firms
  • Bonus (if required): How to prepare for BCG potential test or McKinsey PST or SHL test, with support material available for both to optimize your performance
  • Bonus (if required): Optimal preparation calendar according to the time you have available, for the 6 key areas of the interview: (i) fit questions, (ii) market sizing, (iii) structuring, (iv) business acumen development, (v) fluency in the communication and (vi) math.

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THE GYM PROGRAM

In the last years I have methodically categorized the main mistakes people do in consulting preparation. Many of these mistakes are due to out-of-date material, such as Victor Cheng training or Case in Point, which, although sufficient for an initial understanding of what a consulting interview is, are missing recent developments in the consulting interview process. Thanks to thousands of mock interviews, I learned which are the most time-effective strategies to avoid these mistakes and to improve the overall performance.

Since July 1st 2017, 76% of the people I have helped booked more than one session with me in order to fully benefit from this knowledge, and for this reason I have decided to structure a multi-session program to provide a complete preparation toolkit for those interested in that from the beginning. 

I have thus developed the GYM program (Getting You into Management consulting). The GYM is a 5-session training program that has been structured for those who want to maximize the likelihood of an offer, covering all the significant requirements in a case interview. In particular, the program includes the following.

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✓ SESSION 1: Full mock interview, testing both PEI/fit and case skills (first-round format). This will help you to correct 40-50% of your current mistakes in communication and structuring, but for a specific case only. Thus, after the session, our natural next step will be to have you covered for ALL the most frequent type of cases. This session will last until you have received a complete feedback and all your questions are satisfied.

✓ SESSION 2: Case Structuring - Part 1. I noticed many candidates are strong on a couple of cases (usually profitability and market entry) but find a lot more challenging others (operations, M&A, no-profit, etc.). That’s mainly due to the fact that the usual Victor Cheng approach does NOT work for these cases. After the first class, once you have grasped the basics of good communication and the insides of a specific structure, we will move to the next level. Before the class, you will receive a set of questions to structure in advance. We will then cover a minimum of 3 different mini-case types, out of those you found more challenging, and the related way to better structure them. The method we will see is significantly more effective than the Case in Point and Victor Cheng ones, since it includes the most recent developments in consulting interviews. This session will last until we have covered at least 3 different mini-cases.

✓ SESSION 3: Case Structuring - Part 2. We will complete the analysis of the remaining common cases, working on 4 other different mini-cases. Once completed the third section, you will know how to structure perfectly 90%+ of all the possible business cases.

✓ SESSION 4: Market sizing. Do you freeze if you get a question like "How long did it take to build the Great Wall of China"? You can easily get a question like this in your final round, where partners tend to use more market sizing (I actually got that question myself!). That's why we will dedicate a full section to cover market sizing and how to avoid common mistakes, such as saying that your estimate is based on your experience – one of the most typical no-no in market sizing. Don't trust those that say market sizing is not predictable: there are 4 key types of market sizing structures (and no, they are not the ones listed in Case in Point) and you should know all of them to be sure you have solid knowledge on this part of the interview.

✓ SESSION 5: Full mock interview, testing both PEI/fit and case skills (final round format). In the last session we will cover a full case putting into practice the knowledge of the previous 4 sessions, working either on:

  • A qualitative case + Complex market sizing, or
  • A highly quantitative case

This will be a final round format, thus with more fit focus and a lot more pressure.

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The previous 5 sessions are structured in order to maximize your performance in actual interviews. However, the program is also flexible in case you want to cover other areas. If you are interested in other parts of the process, such as specific PEI/fit questions, CV and Cover review, or referrals, we can substitute one of the 5 sessions with that.  

During the sessions, you will receive:

       ► 49 most common fit questions in consulting interviews

       ► 25 business cases and 12 market sizing to practice on your own before the                         second and fourth session

       ► 8 frameworks to crack 90%+ of business cases

       ► 4 frameworks to crack 90%+ of market sizing cases

       ► 5 written feedbacks of the sessions, with your mistakes and the specific steps to                  avoid them

The 5 sessions together have a value of €1.649/$1.749, not including the material above, which, coming from 6+ years of experience and 2.700+ coaching sessions, I would normally price at €550/$650, for a grand total of €2.199/$2.399. I am currently offering the GYM Program at the discounted rate of €1.299/$1.389, with all the material for free, thus with a 41% discount.

Please note I can manage a limited number of GYM Programs per month, thus I would have to confirm in advance the availability for the program for the period interesting for you. In order to align on the availability, please write me a message and mention you are interested in the program rather than in the single session. You can find reviews on the GYM program below, expanding the list of reviews and filtering by the word "GYM".

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THE GYM PROGRAM PLUS

In the last months I got some recurring questions on the preparation for the GYM Program. The most common ones are the following:

  • “I have an invitation from McKinsey via referral, but I don’t know anyone at BCG and Bain. Is there any way to get an invitation there as well?”
  • “I have a pre-screening interview based on behavioural questions. I have a basic understanding of the traditional fit questions but would need some structure to work on them. Also, I am not sure what is the difference between McK and BCG in terms of behavioural questions. How I can prepare quickly for it?”
  • “Which are the most common questions at BCG/McK/Bain?”

For this reason, I launched the GYM Program Plus, a set of 10 sessions, focusing on the following.

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✓ SESSIONS 1-5: Everything already included in the GYM Program, and

SESSION 6: session on networking to understand the specific steps to get MBB invitations, plus the opportunity to use my direct network of alumni worldwide, independently by your GPA or school. Besides that, we will also review your CV and Cover to be sure it is perfect for an MBB application

SESSION 7: session on PEI/fit to review what’s the killing mistake in every fit interview, the 49 most common fit questions and the 3 must-have questions at the end of the interview

✓ SESSION 8: unusual-case session. Learn how to answer questions such as "How would you estimate the effect of the Coronavirus on the Singapore economy?" and other not-traditional cases

SESSION 9: session on how to correctly read complex graphs and the ideal way to structure top conclusions - with multiple case examples

SESSION 10: case + fit session on one of the following type of cases, at your choice: M&A, New product, Market Entry, Operations

Alternatively, you can substitute one or more sessions with the following:

OPTIONAL SESSION 1: session on how to prepare for the Written Cases for BCG and Bain, with practical examples for both

OPTIONAL SESSION 2: session on how to correctly structure math problems and avoid typical math mistakes (notoriously: missing the zeros) - with multiple case examples

OPTIONAL SESSION 3: case + fit session on one of the following type of cases, at your choice: Growth strategy, Competitor response, Pricing

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Moreover, you will receive for free the following material:

      ► All the material already included in the GYM program

      ► The written email that can provide 30% conversion rate from MBB consultants

      ► The written call transcript to obtain referrals in calls with MBB consultants,                        with an explanation of all the steps to follow

      ► Detailed feedback for cases with the exact next steps to obtain a perfect score                    for each improvement area

      ► The list of questions asked at McK, BCG and Bain in 2019 and 2020 in actual                       interviews - coming from the direct experience of the hundreds of people I coached

The GYM Program Plus has a value of €3.290/$3.490 for the 10 sessions, not including the aforementioned material which would normally be priced at €1.200/$1.300, for a grand total of €4.490/$4.790. I am currently offering the GYM Program Plus at the discounted rate of €2.199/$2.349, with all the material for free, thus at a 51% discount.  

As I can offer one GYM Program Plus per month only, I would have to confirm in advance the availability for the program for the period interesting for you. In case you are interested in the program, please write me a message to align on the potential availability.

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REFERRAL SESSION

I provide a 30 min session (thus at 50% discount) which helps to understand how to exactly get referrals, directly from home – no events participation required. You can also choose to do a full session, if besides referrals you want to have your CV and Cover reviewed so that they can stand out.

Following that process, I managed to get 6 invitations out of 6 applications – including all MBB – and I regularly see the people I help getting referrals from MBB.

Note: some people will ask you to pay a huge amount of money for a single referral – there is no need to do so if you know the right steps to get all the referrals you want.

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BEFORE OUR SESSION

To maximize your benefit, you should have already done some preparation on your own before the training (5-10 cases or 10-20h spent on preparation). You should also have an interview scheduled with or be willing to apply to McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Oliver Wyman, Roland Berger, Strategy&, Kearney, Monitor Deloitte, ZS Associates, Simon-Kucher, Delta Partners, ADL, Siemens Consulting, Dalberg, IQVIA or LEK. I only coach people targeting companies I helped to secure offers from; this in order to ensure that I won't waste your time and money with coaching I don't have experience with. We would need at least 2 days before your interview to do proper coaching. I would not recommend booking a class until the previous conditions are met, as we would not optimize your time.

Before the session, I would also kindly ask you to send me a link to your LinkedIn profile or your CV; I will have indeed to analyse it before our class to optimize the behavioural part, which will be critical for your success.

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WHO I AM

I am an entrepreneur and former BCG consultant. After 3 degrees from Bocconi (Italy), MGIMO (Russia) and Barcelona GSE (Spain) I joined BCG in the Milan office. After BCG I joined an angel fund in Berlin, where we invested in the newly born app space. Subsequently, I left the fund, founding my first company in Italy in the entertainment industry. I recently moved to Singapore to start my second company.

During my career as a coach I have done 2.700+ interviews and multiple Bootcamps in some of the most prestigious universities in Europe. I am currently the #1 expert on PrepLounge for Meetings, Recommendation rate and Awards.

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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Feel free to contact me on PrepLounge for any additional questions, I guarantee a reply in 12h. You can also find below 1.100+ reviews of the people that I helped for further reference.

Best,

Francesco

Coaching package: GYM Program - 5 Sessions

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  • 2 Complete Mocks with Fit
  • MBB Referral Strategy
  • Perfectly Structure 90%+ Cases

In the last years I have methodically categorized the main mistakes people do in consulting preparation. Many of these mistakes are due to out-of-date material, such as Victor Cheng training or Case in Point, which, although sufficient for an initial understanding of what a consulting interview is, are missing recent developments in the consulting interview process. Thanks to thousands of mock interviews, I learned which are the most time-effective strategies to avoid these mistakes and to improve the overall performance.

Since July 1st 2017, 76% of the people I have helped booked more than one session with me in order to fully benefit from this knowledge, and for this reason I have decided to structure a multi-session program to provide a complete preparation toolkit for those interested in that from the beginning. 

I have thus developed the GYM program (Getting You into Management consulting). The GYM is a 5-session training program that has been structured for those who want to maximize the likelihood of an offer, covering all the significant requirements in a case interview. In particular, the program includes the following.

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✓ SESSION 1: Full mock interview, testing both PEI/fit and case skills (first-round format). This will help you to correct 40-50% of your current mistakes in communication and structuring, but for a specific case only. Thus, after the session, our natural next step will be to have you covered for ALL the most frequent type of cases. This session will last until you have received a complete feedback and all your questions are satisfied.

✓ SESSION 2: Case Structuring - Part 1. I noticed many candidates are strong on a couple of cases (usually profitability and market entry) but find a lot more challenging others (operations, M&A, no-profit, etc.). That’s mainly due to the fact that the usual Victor Cheng approach does NOT work for these cases. After the first class, once you have grasped the basics of good communication and the insides of a specific structure, we will move to the next level. Before the class, you will receive a set of questions to structure in advance. We will then cover a minimum of 3 different mini-case types, out of those you found more challenging, and the related way to better structure them. The method we will see is significantly more effective than the Case in Point and Victor Cheng ones, since it includes the most recent developments in consulting interviews. This session will last until we have covered at least 3 different mini-cases.

✓ SESSION 3: Case Structuring - Part 2. We will complete the analysis of the remaining common cases, working on 4 other different mini-cases. Once completed the third section, you will know how to structure perfectly 90%+ of all the possible business cases.

✓ SESSION 4: Market sizing. Do you freeze if you get a question like "How long did it take to build the Great Wall of China"? You can easily get a question like this in your final round, where partners tend to use more market sizing (I actually got that question myself!). That's why we will dedicate a full section to cover market sizing and how to avoid common mistakes, such as saying that your estimate is based on your experience – one of the most typical no-no in market sizing. Don't trust those that say market sizing is not predictable: there are 4 key types of market sizing structures (and no, they are not the ones listed in Case in Point) and you should know all of them to be sure you have solid knowledge on this part of the interview.

✓ SESSION 5: Full mock interview, testing both PEI/fit and case skills (final round format). In the last session we will cover a full case putting into practice the knowledge of the previous 4 sessions, working either on:

  • A qualitative case + Complex market sizing, or
  • A highly quantitative case

This will be a final round format, thus with more fit focus and a lot more pressure.

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The previous 5 sessions are structured in order to maximize your performance in actual interviews. However, the program is also flexible in case you want to cover other areas. If you are interested in other parts of the process, such as specific PEI/fit questions, CV and Cover review, or referrals, we can substitute one of the 5 sessions with that.  

During the sessions, you will receive:

       ► 49 most common fit questions in consulting interviews

       ► 25 business cases and 12 market sizing to practice on your own before the                         second and fourth session

       ► 8 frameworks to crack 90%+ of business cases

       ► 4 frameworks to crack 90%+ of market sizing cases

       ► 5 written feedbacks of the sessions, with your mistakes and the specific steps to                  avoid them

The 5 sessions together have a value of €1.649/$1.749, not including the material above, which, coming from 6+ years of experience and 2.600+ coaching sessions, I would normally price at €550/$650, for a grand total of €2.199/$2.399. I am currently offering the GYM Program at the discounted rate of €1.299/$1.389, with all the material for free, thus with a 41% discount.

Please note I can manage a limited number of GYM Programs per month, thus I would have to confirm in advance the availability for the program for the period interesting for you. In order to align on the availability, please write me a message and mention you are interested in the program rather than in the single session. You can find reviews on the GYM program below, expanding the list of reviews and filtering by the word "GYM".

In case you are interested in more than 5 sessions, please check the GYM Program Plus under my profile which includes 10 sessions with 51% discount on class and material.

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