Break Into Consulting - Industry Overviews

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  • 15+ industries covered
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I used to be in your seats a few years ago, willing to enter the strategy consulting world. And when I was a candidate preparing for the interviews, I understood that the way to solve a case is most often industry specific. A growth business case is not the same for a biotech company versus a bank or a telecom company.

To that end, I have developed with Bilal, a BCG colleague a comprehensive list of zooms for each industry, to shine and go the extra mile during the case cracking part of your interviews.

This guide is a list of deep dives covering most industries and sectors, that we tested and refined on many candidates to help you become more industry specific in your approach to solve any business case.

Master the Ins and Outs of Every Industry to Shine During the Interviews

I used to be in your seats a few years ago, willing to enter the strategy consulting world. And when I was a candidate preparing for the interviews, I understood that the way to solve a case is most often industry-specific. A growth business case is not the same for a biotech company versus a bank, or a telecom company. To that end, mastering the ins and outs of every industry is key to shine during the interviews.

However, I was quite disappointed by the lack of resources available:

  • Scattered data: There is no single source of truth per industry summarizing all the information needed to master a case
  • Low quality of information: Quality of existing data on the internet or in the preparation books are often not sufficient
  • Lack of industry insights: Some key industry insights are not always available e.g. industry key success factors and clients' key purchasing criteria

To that end, I have developed with Bilal, a BCG colleague, a comprehensive list of zooms for each industry, to shine and go the extra mile during the case cracking part of your interviews.

This guide is a list of deep dives covering most industries and sectors, that we tested and refined on many candidates to help you become more industry specific in your approach to solve any business case.


With Break Into Consulting: Industry overviews, you will master the ins and outs … :

  • Industry trends
  • Product/service
  • Players
  • Channels
  • Customers
  • Revenue streams and drivers
  • Industry key success factors
  • Customer key purchasing criteria

… of the 15 predominant industries you will face during interviews:

  • Life science & Pharma
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare payers
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Aeronautic
  • Space
  • Telecom
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Technology
  • Banking & Financial services
  • Private equity & Venture Capital
  • Retail
  • Industrials
  • Oil & Gas

 

Written in plain English, this guide will help you bring your case solving skills to the next level.

About the Authors

Alexandre
Content Creator
BCG | 100% customized interview , 70+ interviews performed | MBB & tier2 prep

Alexandre and Bilal started their career in BCG in 2019, where they focused on Africa, helping companies notably in the Telecom, Healthcare, Banking sectors, and governments across the continent.

Together, they have also coached 100+ candidates internally and on diverse platforms.

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May 23, 2022 by

Excellent document ! Really helpful and detailed. I highly recommend !

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May 26, 2022 by Anonymous

The industry overview is certainly important as it provides users with the latest trends, cost structures etc. It is useful to get a quick understanding of major industries as you prepare for your consulting interview. The guide is certainly useful and worth every penny!

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August 07, 2022 by Duy Thanh

Excellent synthesis. It did give me some great insights into areas outside of my expertise.

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