Why company X?
Tell me about a difficult situation you had to face and how you managed to overcome it!
Why consulting?
Why should we hire you?
Tell me about a time you failed!
Give me an example of a time that you have led a group to achieve a difficult goal!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
Tell me about yourself!
Do you have any questions for us?
Who are the main competitors of company X?
Tell me about a difficult situation where you had to rely on your communication skills!
Tell me about a time that you persuaded your boss to go along with an idea you had!
If you could be remembered with just one sentence – what would it be?
What does the ideal company look like for you?
Describe a situation that demanded sustained, unusually hard work, where others might have thought you couldn’t succeed. Was the experience stressful? If so, how did you handle the stress?
What is your biggest dream and your biggest fear?
What would be a reason not to hire you?
Who has had a decisive influence on your life? How?
What are you not proud of?
What makes a good management consultant?
Are you ready for the long working hours you will face as a future consultant?
If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
Tell me about a time when you achieved a difficult goal!
Divide feedback that you have already received into positive, negative, expected and unexpected feedback.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
What are your greatest professional strengths?
What would team members say about you?
How would you explain a complex technical issue to a client?
When did you last tell a lie?
Tell me about a time you have led a team through a conflict!
How have you applied what you've learned in your career to other roles?
What three things would you take to a desert island?
What’s an example of how you helped someone this month?
What is your greatest professional achievement?
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
What has been your most important non-academic success so far?
Tell me about a time you had to make a recommendation without having all the facts.
What song best describes your work ethic?
What are you better at than anyone else?
How would you calculate the value of a cow?
What can you bring to the company?
What applies more to you: Detail-oriented or visionary?
What will be the biggest challenge for you with us (company X)?
At this point in your life: Would you rather learn or earn money?
Why did you choose this topic for your bachelor thesis/seminar paper?
When was the last time you found an unusual/unconventional solution to a problem?
What is your favorite book and why?
What would your friend want to change about you?
Tell me about a time that you managed upwards
What would your dream job be if you could choose any one?
How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
Tell me about a time that you did something innovative!
What would you be doing if you weren't in this field?
If you could be a superhero, what superpower would you choose?
What would you ask me if you were the interviewer?
If you discover product defects on a day off, would you call the boss?
Tell me about a complex question and how you solved it?
What would you do if you were stood up in front of the cinema but had already bought the tickets?
How would you define flexibility?
How do you imagine a career with Company X?
What are your expectations?
If you wrote a book/newspaper about your life, what would be the title?
If you could choose a song to play when you enter a room, what would it be?
What is your favorite street in Monopoly and why?
Describe a delicate situation in which your personal sensitivity made a difference.
Did you have to make any sacrifices along the way? What lessons have you learned? Knowing what you do now, would you do it again?
How would you feel if you had to work for someone who knows less than you?
Tell me about a time where you dealt with a difficult member in your team!
What's a time you exercised leadership?
Sell me that pencil!
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Suppose you find out that your employer is doing something illegal – how do you deal with it?
What would you do if you won the lottery?
What are some key lessons you have learned about motivating people?
Why did you take this degree?
What would be the reason why you would have someone on or off a project?
What did you learn from the last business book you read?
What was your biggest defeat so far?
What are you reading right now?
What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
What are your hobbies?
What do you think constitutes successful teamwork?
What was a situation where you set a major goal and were able to achieve it?
Name three traits a friend or your boss would list about you
When was the last time you had to leave your comfort zone?
Where could you prove your creativity?
What are you particularly proud of?
What are you really good at, but never want to do anymore?
How much would you charge to clean all the windows in Seattle?
Who is your role model?
If you could choose to be anywhere on this earth now, where would you be?
What is more important, dissent or consensus?
Tell me about a time that you changed someone's mind!
What would be a reason for you to decide against a particular project?
Please describe a situation where your actions had a positive impact on team dynamics.
Who do you need as your 'right hand'?
What do you do when you want to have fun?
Which culture attracts you more – structured or entrepreneurial?
Which role do you play in a team?
What other firms are you applying for?
What is your ideal vacation?
What are the values you live by?
What gets you up every day?
Can you think of a situation where you led a team through a difficult situation / conflict / crisis when you still needed to achieve an important goal together?
Tell me about a time when you were leading a team and you needed to force someone to work when they didn't want to do it!
What is the craziest thing you've ever done?
What was the most important lesson you learned in school?
What role does money play for you?
Which is better: Should a boss be loved or feared?
Name five personality traits that describe yourself.
Do you work to live, or do you live to work?
Would you consider yourself spontaneous and humorous? (Answer: Yes) Then tell a joke.
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Show off all of the hard work you have put in learning about the specific firm. Interviewers are a little smug at times and are SURE that their firm is the BEST and they like to hear it.
Show that you are able to solve problems with innovative solutions and exceed expectations.
Provide three reasons why you want to pursue a career in a consulting firm.
Craft an answer that covers three things: You can deliver great results; You'll really fit in with the team and culture; You'd be a better hire than any of the other candidates.
Turn your failure story into something positive that has helped you to take away important learnings.
Leadership doesn't necessarily mean being a supervisor. Organizing various stakeholders, being in charge of a study project, leading your team in a competition – all these examples will make a good story.
Be honest and specific about your future goals.
Think of something that you struggle with but that you’re working to improve.
This question aims to understand if you have experiences that show the skills you need to be a good consultant. It's important that you don't just read out loud your CV!
Your answer should not be related to something you could easily find online.
Show that you did your research!
Show your interviewer that you are able to support the team and make the work easier for them.
Be very, very specific but don't get lost by describing details about the setting. Focus instead on what you did and why you did it.
Show the interviewer that you are able to leave a lasting impression.
Your answer should align your ideal workplace with the employer you're talking to.
Show that you can react effectively to an increase in workload.
Mention your fears but focus more on elaborating your dreams and aspirations. Positive minds are more likely to be successful!
Try not to focus too much on any of your weaknesses but rather on reasons that could be of external nature.
Use detailed descriptions and concrete examples to give your counterpart a multi-faceted picture of yourself.
Ensure that the matter you are not proud of, is not a critical requirement of the job.
When interviewers ask this question, they are looking for an understanding of the job and industry and an appreciation for the skills/personality traits needed.
Show that you are not only willing to work long hours, but are able to do so with the highest quality standard.
Give a deep and insightful response that leads to a discovery about your needs, responses and behaviours.
Your story should prove that you set ambitious goals and you are ready to do hard work in order to achieve them.
Make use of the feedback matrix!
It's good when you don't just name luxury goods, but things that are really close to your heart and help you get ahead in a way.
Be accurate and follow up with an example of how you've demonstrated these strengths in a professional setup.
Focus on the personality traits that are important to the job for which you are applying for.
Understand your audience, define your terms and divide your concept into "chunks".
Interviewers use this question to understand your values and highlight any red flags. To claim that you never tell even white lies will be dishonest in itself!
Focus more on your skills and how you used them being a leader. Your team is important but the interviewer want to get to know you.
This is a question for experienced hires and tests whether you are able to apply the things you have learned.
The interviewer wants to see how spontaneous you are and whether you can react flexibly when a complex task arises.
Think about the last time you helped someone and show that you are a team player.
A great way to do this is the S-T-A-R method.
Think about where this position could realistically take you, and think about how that aligns with some of your broader professional goals.
Avoid cliché answers and choose something that’s specific to you.
You should muster up a response that reflects how you handle difficult situations when put to the test.
Relax! This is more about the reasons you choose a song than the actual song itself.
Do you hold a world record of something? Chances are low, so this is a great question to test you on your modesty. Don't compare yourself with others but rather focus on how you want to be a better version of yourself.
The interviewer is giving you this brain teaser to see how creatively and innovatively you will solve this problem.
Think of this question as going beyond your practical skills and knowledge to what your role tends to be when working in a team.
What the HR guy wants to hear: That depends entirely on the situation. The ideal position is certainly somewhere in the middle.
You want to appear confident and capable without giving the impression that you think the job will be a breeze.
Money is important for everyone and you should not ignore its importance. however, you should not make it your first priority. As you will come to learn in your career, opportunities for growth and advancement, in the long run, are more important for your career development.
Time to show your interest within your major – be specific!
Show that you work result-oriented and demonstrate your problem-solving skills.
Show a different side of yourself and make yourself more relatable.
This is a question aiming to check if you and your personal environment are aware of your weaknesses, and also how you derive positive outcomes out of it.
For each personal fit question, you should have at least one backup story ready.
Try not to be too far from what you are applying for!
Talk through your go-to stress-reduction tactics and then share an example of a stressful situation you navigated with ease.
What a great opportunity to show that you stand out among other candidates!
This question opens the door to what you're interested in outside of work, such as your hobbies and passion.
This question focuses upon the quality that you identify as your biggest personal asset.
This question is to test how quickly you can put yourself into someone else's shoes. Be ready to answer the question you will think of yourself!
Here you are asked indirectly whether you want to get personally involved in the company. How important is the progress of the company to you and would you even sacrifice your free time for this?
Understand what types of problems you would be solving in the role. This analysis will help you choose the examples from your past that are most likely to wow your interviewer.
Your answer to this question should show how you deal with unexpected situations in which you have already invested time, money and emotions. Try to find a creative approach and to focus on something positive.
Show your willingness and ability to readily respond to changing circumstances and expectations.
Demonstrate that you understand the career path and what you would be doing on a day to day basis.
Be honest, positive, and specific.
Be creative and think out of the box!
The interviewer wants to get a look into your personality and get some interesting information out of you.
Your answer will show the interviewer how you evaluate risk and return.
Show that you can handle tricky issues head-on, but with kindness and understanding.
Be open and honest about it! As a consultant you have to sacrifice a lot of time and also restrict your private life. Show the interviewer that you are aware of this.
Show the interviewer that you are open-minded, and that you see other alternatives and potential scenarios in any given scenario, no matter how good or bad it may look.
Don't complain about your team member, but rather focus on what your role was during the conflict resolution.
The best stories include enough detail to be believable and memorable.
It is important that you do not try to persuade your opponent, but to convince him by making him understand the benefits of the pencil.
It's good when you don't just name luxury goods, but things that are really close to your heart and help you get ahead in a way.
Show your approach to this topic. Are you calm or impulsive? Show your morals and values.
Do you consider the needs of others? How important are reputation, money, material possessions and power to you? This is your chance to explain your values as well as your dreams for the future.
Leadership is about finding an opportunity and managing people to achieve it.
Focus on the skills and experiences you gained from the degree that are most related to the job.
Show that you are able to work in teams, even though some characters might not be your favorite to work with.
Your answer will reveal how much you read and your ability to discern key takeaways to apply them to business situations. If it's not a book, but a blog or newspaper article that comes to mind, use that.
Everybody fails. The tricky part is to craft a failure example that highlights your strengths and abilities.
Most people who love to read also love to learn which is an important quality of a management consultant. Leaders are readers!
Be creative, personal and authentic. Maybe you can connect with the interviewer on a personal level!
This is your chance to find a point in common with your interviewer. In the end, they are looking for someone that they don't mind working together for up to 12 hours a day.
Effective teamwork is an important aspect of any organisation’s success. You should prove that you understand the importance of it.
Don't forget to mention why this goal was important to you personally.
Mention character traits that show your capability to perfom well on the job.
Show that you are able to step out of your comfort zone, because in consulting you will need to do so!
Talk about a creative process that brought about positive results.
Focus on moments where you made a contribution to work that really helped out the team.
Focus on the reasons why you do not want to do the activity anymore and end the answer by explaining how you can implement those skills in a different setting.
Try to find either a creative approach or a logical fast-math approach.
This is the opportunity for the interviewer to really get to know you. Give him/her an idea of what your values, beliefs and aspirations are as a person.
Show some of your interest and try to connect with your interviewer on a more personal basis.
Try to think about this in the context of teamwork or meeting culture. Remember that it is good to have both!
Show your personal impact on people and don't forget to mention your motivation. Why was it important that the person changed their mind?
Can you imagine a case you would find it impossible to work with a certain team, a particular industry or field? Make sure to explain why and that this should be a rare scenario.
Show that you are easy to get along with. This is important in almost any work environment.
A great candidate knows his strengths and weaknesses and how to build a team to round out capabilities.
Choose one of your hobbies, which is related to the job in the company or qualifies you in another way for the job.
What the interviewer is most concerned with is whether or not you are extreme in your desire for structure or flexibility.
There is no point in pretending something you are not. Consulting firms are not looking for one specific personality type, but rather for people with a clear communication style with whom it's a pleasure to talk to.
Just be open and honest!
Are you a thrill-seeker? Family-oriented? Do you prefer to attend conferences and seminars or use a vacation to recharge your batteries? This question provides further insight into your personality.
Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.
Your interviewer will ask this question to find out how he or she can best motivate and help you, so you can perform well on the job.
Organizing various stakeholders, being in charge of a study project, leading your team in a competition - all these examples will make a good story.
Prove that you are a real team player and are able to work with diverse personality types.
Tell something unusual that you have done and won appreciation for.
Tell the recruiter about acquired knowledge, learned skills and relevant experiences.
The interviewer is looking for your prioritization of money in your decision making.
You can emphasize that a boss should be accepted by employees, however, should also be able to make clear announcements.
Understand your personality and whether these character traits support or hinder you from getting the job.
Show that you are aware that the consulting industry is tough and that your job will take up many hours of work. Nevertheless, you can also emphasize that a life besides work is beneficial for everyone involved.
Be authentic and do not let a question like that make you insecure! A good answer can give you personal advantages with the interviewer.

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