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Sidi

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McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 100+ candidates secure MBB offers

  • McKinsey & Company, BCG
  • English, French, German
  • Germany
  • $319 / hour
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  • Case & Fit Interview
  • McKinsey & BCG style
  • Structuring & Top-Down Thinking

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------------------ ABOUT ME ------------------

I am an experienced strategy consultant groomed at McKinsey and formerly BCG. I have led large consulting teams and worked for top level clients in Germany/Europe as well as numerous countries across Africa and the Middle East for 7 years. 

I served as a member of the core recruiting teams in BOTH McKinsey and BCG. In this function, I have formally interviewed several hundreds of applicants. Hence, I am using the REAL evaluation criteria and scoring methods that McKinsey and BCG base their decisions on and that you will be evaluated against when interviewing with these firms! Knowing both firms deeply from the inside, I can give you unique insights into the nuances that will make a difference for McKinsey or BCG respectively!

 

-------- I DON'T TEACH FRAMEWORKS, I TEACH THE RIGHT WAY OF THINKING --------

When building your case solving muscle, it is much more important to focus on quality, rather than quantity! If you fail to develop the right thinking frame, routines, and habits, the effect of doing more practice cases will be actually detrimental! So scrutinizing the right elements in terms of how to approach business problems by means of a rigorous and bullet-proof thinking frame has to come very early in your process!

For example, probably the BIGGEST misconception that I unfortunately see with many many candidates who want to build up their case solving muscle is the failure to acknowledge and internalize the following:

Structure DOES NOT equal frameworks!

The multiple frameworks that you can find in pertinent case literature for different types of business questions are nothing more than a good basic toolbox in terms of which areas to look into for certain types of problems. However, they are very poor regarding HOW TO APPROACH a case and HOW TO DRAFT A ROADMAP for solving the case. This approach and roadmap needs to be rooted in rigorous and specific logic. Unfortunately the "framework learning philosophy" brought forward by, e.g., Case in Point, is the very reason why an overwhelming majority of candidates will not get an offer. Hence, teaching my mentees how to approach ANY type of business situation by means of first principles rather than "frameworks" is one of the fundamental elements established early on in my coaching sessions.

 

------------------ TRACK RECORD AND OFFERING ------------------

As a private interview coach, I have helped more than 150 candidates to break into consulting in the last 24 months alone - with almost 90% success rate (only 19 candidates did not receive an offer)! Roughly 75% of these successful candidates secured offers from either McKinsey or BCG! The remaining offers distribute across Bain, Booz/S&, Roland Berger, and Oliver Wyman. I am NOT focusing on smaller firms!

On Preplounge, about 80% of people who book an initial session with me are booking additional follow-up sessions, which gives a good illustration of the helpfulness of the coaching. Large part of my mentees decide to do a multi-week preparation programme. Of those who run through several weeks of coaching, nearly everybody has historically received at least one top consulting offer (most of them have several cross-offers). One interesting fact: several of my mentees have been offered full-time contracts by McKinsey already after the first round! McKinsey was so convinced of their performance that the Firm deemed further rounds unnecessary (this is testified in some of the reviews on my profile!).

As of today, I am the only expert on Preplounge who has worked several years as a full time consultant AND interviewer for two MBB firms. Given this experience, I can also offer well-founded perspectives when it comes to assessing cross-offers - specifically concerning decisions between McKinsey and BCG offers!

I offer both, Case Interviews and/or Personal Experience/Personal Fit Interviews - pick and choose, or get holistic coaching on both!

Moreover, I also can help you with a pack of about 15 written mock PSTs (Problem Solving Tests) specifically designed in the "McKinsey way". This is the best way to supercharge your preparation for this dreaded initial hurdle at the Firm.

I look forward to help you land multiple MBB offers!

Coaching package: MBB Structuring Mastery

Includes 3 sessions
USD 689
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  • Structure based on LOGIC
  • Approach ANY QUESTION robustly
  • EXCEED every firms expectation

Structuring is the big achilles heel of practically all available materials on case preparation. Consequently, most candidates struggle to understand, what structuring a strategic business question actually means, and how they can move away from generic and incoherent frameworks and non-logical collections of "buckets". These widespread approaches provide a certain guidance to the candidate, however they are extremely fragile and contingent on luck, since they are not rooted in a robust logic and just rest on the mere hope to "cover all relevant  areas" and find the "golden piece of information" that will guide the candidate towards solving the case.

In this 3-sessions-programme you learn how to make yourself independent of this widespread framework- and bucket thinking, to approach any strategic question from first principles and rigorous, bullet-proof logic. In fact, you learn the skill how to think as a Senior Strategy Consultant (Project Leader / Engagement Manager and upwards!) at McKinsey, BCG and Bain. You will learn how to:

 

  • Isolate the core question, and then set up the central logic to answer this core question, based on the principles of value creation (the holy grail of the strategy consultant)
  • Disaggregate value into its quantitative components and sub-components with a rigorous logic tree
  • Map qualitative drivers to each quantitative sub-component of your logic tree

 

This condensed programme has elements of

  • Demonstration & explanation (Coaching Session 1 (~90 minutes))
  • Exploration (via homeworks) and focused skill-building (Coaching Session 2 (~60 minutes))
  • In-Case application and fine tuning (Coaching Session 3 (~60 minutes))

 

After this programme, you are ready to attack any business question that can be thrown at you during an interview at any of the MBBs.

 

The programme currently comes at about 35% discount compared to regular pricing!

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Education

Universities:
Otto-von-Guericke Universit├Ąt Magdeburg, University of California, Berkeley, University of Warwick

Majors:
Business Administration, Economics

Professional Experience

McKinsey & Company
Senior Engagement Manager
2013 - 2018
BCG
Senior Consultant
2011 - 2013

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