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6 responses to Why is BCG appealing to you, sample answer

  1. Hi Sandro,

    Your approach is correct. Earlier you mentioned wanting to do all the premium quizzes before tackling the cases – that would be the incorrect approach. Follow the video guide and you will be fine. The more you do of Season 1, the better.


  2. Hi Michael, are you sure?
    I saw your 10 step video. You mention:
    1. Do the article readings… done.
    2. Do the first 9 quizzes. … done.
    3. Do Felix sessions 5-7… ongoing.

    Am I missing something?

  3. Hi Sandro,

    That is not a good idea. You should do the premium quizzes at the end as a test.


  4. Hi Michael, I just started my subscription today…. I am currently doing the premium quizzes.
    If the answer to my question is in TCO, I’ll wait for it to show up.
    Thanks, Sandro

  5. Hi Sandro,

    We cover this in much more detail in the rankings on each firm, especially the BCG editorial where we compare contrast the McKinsey culture versus BCG. Influence basically is changing someone’s mind without alienating them and on an important issue.

    We provide numerous examples in TCO (although I am not sure if you are a subscriber so this suggestion may be moot)!


  6. Hi Michael, can you please elaborate more on the Mckinsey culture?
    What do you exactly mean with ‘Having influence’, ‘do what is required to have influence’?
    Can you give examples?

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