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Masters graduate from Bocconi university. Andre helped to develop networking skills, secured 5 interview invites through referrals and converted them into 4 job offers in Italy and Middle East
Andre helped me prepare the documents, provided me with referrals. With the help of him, I was invited to 4 interviews in leading consulting companies (McKinsey, BCG, Kearney, Roland Berger).

Here is what Paolo says about his coaching experience:

"With the help of the knowledge that Andre gave me, I understood the networking techniques and arranged 3 more interviews. As a result of our training - coaching, supervision and mentoring, I sorted myself out, realized what is really important for me in life, began setting goals for myself and successfully achieving them, became more confident, more concentrated and structured.

With the help of Andre, I got interviews in such companies as McKinsey, BCG, Kearney, Roland Berger, etc. in Italy and Middle East. I also managed to get an internship during the COVID times and became one of the top performers in my company. It helped me to convert the internship into full-time employment, even despite the hiring freeze"

Graduated from MBA in of the top European business schools. Worked with Andre for 3 months, received 4 job offers, and landed at McKinsey
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During my MBA at INSEAD, I understood that I was really eager to change my career and get into consulting. After having practice for several times with my student peers, I still felt that it was not good enough to pass through the interviews at MBB and I needed a professional coach to make it happen. That's where I found Andre.
Here is what she says about her coaching experience:

"Andre has tailored his approach specifically for my situation, background, and objectives. He pushed me beyond my limits every time, while providing me with constructive feedback and actionable recommendations. As the result, I had 5 interviews with the leading consulting companies in the Central Europe and received 4 job offers. I decided to continue my career with McKinsey.

I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with Andre, because I could show my best side during the interviews.
I decided to continue our collaboration in order to build a successful long-term career and maintain a good work-life balance"

MBA graduate from Saïd Business School. When Tamer first reached out to us, his main struggle was a lack of knowledge on how to crack a case. Secured Associate position at McKinsey.
During my professional career I have worked in Scotiabank and KPMG, however, two years ago, I decided that I want to transition into consulting. It was an unusual decision, as I have finished my MBA around 8 years ago. My profile was not typical as I was considered an experienced candidate, and my partners had a lot of questions on why I wanted to make a transition, while having a senior position in the bank.
Here is what Tamer says about his coaching experience:

"I am not a very structured person; therefore, I knew that it would take a lot of practice to get that consulting mindset. I was fresh, I did not know how the case looked like, or how to crack a case. My main goal was to understand what to do during the interview and not to make something that would discredit me in front of the interviewer.

I was very lucky to be interviewed by different companies that have different approaches, and Consulting Masters helped me out on all of that. And, more importantly, as the interview delays due to the pandemic were there, we were there side by side, going through all the uncertainties. If I had an interview the next day, I could arrange a call with Andre and go through the part the is important for. It is something that you would expect from a friend, but it is a business relationship."

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When and how to start with preparation for an interview in consulting?
It usually takes 1-2 months to prepare for your interview nicely (in case you spend 4 hours daily) starting from zero level on your own. This implies:

  1. Defining a calendar on how to prepare

  2. Learning the basic frameworks/theory for cases

  3. Prepare your answers for the fit part (including your questions at the end of the interview)

  4. Learn how to answer market sizing questions

  5. Practice math and graph analysis

  6. Read examples of cases

  7. Practice cases, fit and communication skills live

In case you prepare with a coach, experience partner or former consultant, you can assume that every hour you will do with him/her will be worth between 2-15 hours on your own, thus decreasing significantly the preparation time.
How to prepare for the personal fit question?
Good news is that most of the consulting companies have pretty common personal fit questions. Bad news is that candidates may underestimate this part of preparation, although FIT questions are a very important part of the interview. So we want to share with You some basic, but the most fundamental advice for your sufficient preparation.

First, write down in advance your stories about your leadership, conflict solving skills, team skills, analytical excellence. And second, practice them by telling to your fellow students or experts. Basically, there are three main blocks of fit questions:

1. "Tell me about yourself" - Usually the interviewer begins with such a question This is an opportunity for him to learn about you, and yours is an opportunity to start a nice presentation. Chronological structure for your FIT question might take a lot of time for you to reply and thus it's very difficult to take the necessary things. So, we would recommend you to start with a summary of your background, why you are relevant for consulting (or some specific company).

Next, talk about 3-4 of your roles (may be professional, education, extracurricular). The more experienced you are the more you should speak about professional roles. It can also be the distinct roles within the same organization (Company, your responsibilities, you greatest achievements there), and also your main reason why consulting or this company.

2. "Why consulting?" or "Why company X?" - questions to check you motivation and how much you know about the company you want to join. In this case you use the following approach:

  • Start with a story of how you found consulting
  • Show the interviewer how the skills and experience that consulting offers can help propel you to achieve a dream that will transform the lives of a lot of people positively
  • Round up by showing that you have certain base skills that you believe will help you strive in the firm and tell the interviewer that you are hoping that, through the interview, you can show that you truly possess these basic skills.
  • Next the interviewer will also ask you to provide examples from your background to assess how good you are as a leader or a team player; how you can create impact and persuade people; or how you can achieve your goals
Prepare and practice personal fit interviews – they are as important as the cases.

How to prepare to test and pass it during the recruiting process?
Every consulting company has its own type of tests and each of them has its own criteria.

The most common are:

● McKinsey: PST, or more recently substituted with Imbellus in some offices and countries

● BCG: Potential test, or sometimes SHL + a logic test based on traffic lights color (two or more traffic lights are connected by codes; each code change a color of the traffic light; one of the code is broken and you have to understand which is the broken one)

● Bain: Not common in Europe, sometimes present in other countries. In Russia and Australia: written test; in America: GMAT style test

● Oliver Wyman, OC&C and Roland Berger: GMAT style math test, sometimes in person, sometimes online

The best way to prepare for the tests like GMAT, SHL and PST is to train them in advance on various platforms and sources, free or paid ones. But, preparing just for GMAT won't cover all the aspects of McKinsey Imbellus test.

Nevertheless, there are common tips on analytical tests that can be useful in your preparation:

● Be conscious with a time. Commit to a discipline to go through as many questions as possible than actually solve less. It is better to solve more even by skipping some.

● Practice a lot of math before – it is normally a key component of all the tests

● Use elimination process when you have doubts in multiple choice question

● For PST, Potential test and Written test: Practice graph interpretation

● For PST, Potential test and Written test: Practice quick reading and quick understanding of key information only Finally, it is important to understand in advance whether you get penalized for wrong answers (eg Potential Test) or not (eg PST), that may change your strategy for solving.
How do I prepare for the case interviews? Which framework do I use?
Excellent case interview performance is not something unachievable. It's fully in your hands to make it happen. Below we want to share some simple algorithms that you can follow in order to prepare for your case interview.

1) Start with (a) McKinsey case book, which can help you better understand the whole interview mechanics and what happens behind the stage

(b) Then read Case In Point by Cosentino to understand different types of cases and approaches to crack them

(c) Victor Cheng's LOMS (Look over my shoulder) audio tutorial - he has his own frameworks for the cases and explains how to apply them. This audio tutorial is very good to start working with cases, but bear in mind that it has its natural limitations

By the way, we're happy to share these resources with you. Just let us know at FREE RESOURCES and we will send it on your e-mail.

2) Practice your quantitative skills and fast math

3) Start training case studies with peers. It is not a 1-way talk but a real discussion between two people, while you can test the structure, the business sense and the ability to use the indices or the data communicated by the interviewer. By practicing with a partner you can feel the real limit of training using books.

Here André is sharing his experience with candidates:

"Actually, the best motto for case interview preparation is practice-practice-practice. In my time I have practiced 150+ case interviews with my peers which helped me to get multiple offers I wanted".

Once you feel you are not improving anymore practicing with books or peers, we would recommend you to take an expert coach for structured feedback and polishing your own performance.
What is the difference between rounds of interviews? Do interviewers look for different things?
The focus of the first round is more on your personal fit and individual behavior combined with a case interview. During the first round the interviewers will be senior managers and/or junior partners, while in the second round you will meet senior partners or directors.

Since the two profiles mentioned above have a different seniority, there is also some difference in the type of questions. At the first round you will be likely asked more analytical questions and the business cases will be more detailed (e.g. estimate the market share at the end of the third year knowing that.). In the second round you might have to tackle more broad and strategic questions (e.g. what would you outsource in a marketing department)

The partners in the last round are more experienced and they will challenge every single detail of your story. So make sure that you have a couple of backup stories. It's important since additional questions will take up to 50% of the interview. Try to remember the main details and facts and make sure that you know how to explain the key concepts quickly. Test your stories with your friends, ideally consultants, and ask for their feedback. There can be multiple groups of additional questions:

  • The interviewer may be interested in details about the context
  • He may want to check whether this was your effort or more sort of a team effort.
  • "Have you faced any difficulties while implementing your solution?"- Typically an interviewer would like you to tell him how you've overcome those difficulties.
  • Your interviewer will check how real your story is. You should be ready to provide even more granular actions, key milestones and a breakdown of potential effects.
How COVID-19 affects the interviewing process? What are the latest trends?
At the moment, we don't see the risk of Coronavirus causing a long lasting recession as it was the case in the last financial crisis. According to the opinion of our experts, it will have some short-term and maybe mid-term implications, but definitely not a long term.

Consulting industry therefore reacts differently to the virus depending on the region and company. While some Asian countries (i.e. China and Singapore) indeed freezed hiring for the moment, other Asian countries (i.e. Vietnam, Malaysia) still continue hiring.The virus has not yet affected recruiting in Europe and Middle East (it is still booming and hungry searching for candidates) or North America.

However, in China and Germany: some consulting companies have already resumed hiring in China. In parallel, other companies like Oliver Wyman in Germany are adapting their recruiting practices to the current situation and now offering more online interviews instead of the assessment centers in person. Hope, it helps you further to get more confidence.
How to secure interview invites in these vulnerable times?
The first best option to maximize your chances significantly is to apply with a referral, whether you are coming from a target school or not. This doesn't mean you cannot get into consulting without a referral if you are coming from a non-target school – just that referrals make things easier.

Applying with a referral means that the consultants directly talks to HR forwarding your application, thus just mentioning the name in the cover would not be as effective as a true referral.

Important thing - referrals DON'T get you a job. They only open the door, so your CV, cover letter and actual preparation for the interview should be on the top level to make it happen.

The second best option is to make your preparation with a professional coach, who will help you to make the whole process more efficient, provide structured feedback and share his rich experience in recruiting and consulting, so that you get your dream job offer.
How do I prepare for the actual consulting job?
There are several important aspects on which you can stream your attention, energy and efforts in order to make your way in the consulting world. There are hard and soft skills which you need to be prepared with.

You can read books about consultancy and how it works, what is expected from you and how you could do this.

In parallel you can also take some courses in PowerPoint, Excel and MS projects to polish your skills. There are also a number of books about storyboarding, storytelling and content creation, which will obviously help you to create good presentations. A lot of things to do!

But, if you want to take the essence of all of these preparations, we have a program especially designed for candidates who just got an offer in consulting in order to give support in the first 100 days of their jobs and long term career path.
How long does it take to be really good at casing?
It depends. In general, you need about 100 hours of practice to feel confident. With decent coaching and guidance by professional the preparation process becomes much more efficient and faster at the same time.
How do you manage your time effectively during the interview?
90 seconds for preparing a structure for a case might seem tough, nevertheless it should be enough for preparing the initial structure. You don't have to prepare it 4 levels deep right away.
Take 2-3 minutes for preparing for FIT part, think of the key points and have your stories prepared in advance, so you just need to adjust them to a specific question.
What's the most important thing for passing the case interview?
You can solve the case not perfectly but the key point would be HOW you did it, how structured you were, what questions you ask, what recommendations gave. If you were stuck - was that a problem to you? That's what will be assessed.
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