Short version of the guide
Start with Season 1 and then move to Season 2. Season 2 contains complex unstructured / inference used by senior partners in the final round. It is best to learn the basics from Season 1 before tackling Season 2. You can do them both simultaneously but at least get to session 10 of Season 1 before doing so. Only if you have a week to go, begin with Season 2.
1. Watch the “Prepare” sections first. Do not rush through them.
2. Pick two candidates (strong & weak) as your base and use these candidates’ files to prepare. Ideally, focus on Felix and then Sanjeev.
3. Review your notes from past practice sessions and from before you joined this program, and focus on just the top 3-4 areas for improvement
4. Per session: Watch the candidates’ diary to see how they prepared and replicate positive behavior.
5. Per session: Watch the candidates’ case session videos and pause videos to do the cases alongside them.
6. Per session: Listen to the coach’s audio feedback summary of the priority areas.
7. Per session: Read the written solutions and then watch the “perfect answer” video.
8. Per session: Take the time to review the material, practice and ensure you can explain the main concepts from the session.
9. Per session: Complete the quiz carefully to see if you understand the material from the session.
10. Per session: Create a new list of top 3-4 development priorities. Do not list all development areas.
Recommended longer version
1. Start with Season 1. Read the overview of the program, explanation of each case and the evolving strategy we developed for the candidates. This will serves as an important guide for you.
2. Read the list of cases used. Over 30 types of cases are covered across 240 case questions. Become familiar with the sectors/issues covered and start expanding your reading in this area.
3. Complete the 14 “Fundamentals” quizzes to test your awareness and level of preparation. Take your time to understand the explanations we provide. Finish all fundamentals quizzes before Session One of Season One.
4. Read the interviews with the candidates, coaches and mentors, and note the suggestions provided and build a training strategy for the program. Adjust your strategy to leverage the suggestions provided.
5. Read the statistical analyses and data collected on the candidates. The observations will be important to you. It is a truly unique analysis bringing hard numerical data to case preparation.
6. Begin sessions 1 to 4. This is an area most candidates neglect but it probably has the greatest impact closer to the application stage. There are 16 hours of resume editing. This is a crucial step to get right.
7. Immediately convert your resume to the new template, edit your resume over several sessions and thereafter create a LinkedIn profile. If these steps are done poorly, nothing else will work.
8. Start networking when the resume is ready, but only after you have prepared for fit which is covered in Sessions 10 and 18 of Season 1.
9. Develop a training schedule and stick to it. Rushing is not recommended and it is advised you slowly work your way through the program. Share your strategy/training plan with the community for feedback. Never work in isolation.
10. Take great care to listen to our podcasts on networking, and all +250 podcasts in general in the podcasts section. Maintain the reading regimen we set out for Felix. Networking in consulting will only work if it is done correctly, with partners. Most candidates network very poorly. The biggest obstacle after fixing the resume will be networking.
11. Begin sessions 5 onward with case preparation. Once you get to Sessions 12 or 15 for Season 1, then you can begin Season 2.
12. First practice the cases we give the candidates, listen to the coach’s audio feedback, then look at the written answer, watch the solution and finally do the quiz.
13. Practice what you learn. Reach out to other subscribers and work with them. Firmsconsulting coaching candidates, a well-trained group, are always looking for practice partners.
14. Create a public/private/hidden training group/forum and share answers/practice sessions via photos, videos or podcasts in the activity feed. The more members who comment on your training, the better will be your performance. Public groups are more effective.
15. Take good notes and share this online in the forums or your private groups. The site was designed to leverage the experiences, ideas and collective wisdom of the Firmsconsulting community – use it!