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Candidate Questions

Below, we have captured all the general advice questions asked by candidates in The Consulting Offer and grouped by them session, where possible, making it easier for subscribers to find them and the answers.


• How do I balance family and work life?

• What’s the salary for an entry level consultant?

• Why would people treat females different at work? Why females are different?

• Why is consulting a short term job? If so, do you have to convince the interviewer you intend staying permanently?

• What do alums people pursue they leave McKinsey or BCG?

• Michael told me junior people in a consulting company do everything. What’s everything?


• S4 – What is the consulting career path, especially the path for women?

• S5 – Please explain the psychology of case training and uninformed optimism?

• S5 – Explain the up-or-out policy?

• S7 – How should one maintain focus in a case and psychologically control the frustration levels?

• S9 – What is the aspiration-versus-deficit style of teaching?

• S9 – Can you discuss your personal experiences to help me understand consulting culture and a transfer pricing study?

• S9 – What leads to a great engagement?

• S9 – Is the consulting culture too competitive?

• S9 – How do I choose the right German office and fit into the culture?

• S9 – How are consultants evaluated?

• S9 – What are the career path and exit options?

• S9 – What type of personality is needed to succeed in management consulting?

• S18 – How importance is self-perception in cases and managing interviewers?

• S19 – How do I size a market which is known and unknown? What are the differences between doing this on a real engagement?

• S19 – Do I need to be a corporate strategy consultant to eventually become a CEO?

• S20 – What must be the generic objectives in a networking call with a senior partner or the worldwide managing partner of a consulting firm?


• How do consultants maintain a balance between telling the client what he needs to hear and pursuing more business – from an ethical perspective?

• Please provide further details on the different strengths of the Big 3 firms, in addition to those already mentioned in the podcast Firmsconsulting produced?

• How does each firm build out their energy practices?

• What are the differences between the metals, mining, energy, infrastructure and GEM practices, and how do they all tie up at McKinsey?

• How does MBB train and evaluate associates?

• What are the exit opportunities at the firms?

• Is BCG’s focus on work-life balance real?

• Why should I pursue Roland Berger?

• How many consultants make the transition into entrepreneurship?

• What happens when the firm/client cannot see immediate/direct results from an engagement?

• How should a consultant manage conflict resolution within a case team?


• S1 – Do you have any advice about how to work with head hunters? What should I do and not do?

• S2 – I feel that my resume is average but not impressive. Is my timing realistic or should I postpone my application until I can improve?

• S3 – What type of questions should be asked during an interview?

• S3 – How can I explain the gap on my resume from now until I begin my new job in June?

• S3 – What are the main differences between MBB, RB, Booz and ATK?

• S3 – How do I balance my career goals and short term constraints?

• S3 – What are the dangers of preparing now and applying next year? How do I minimize those dangers?

• S9 – In general, what is your advice to me in terms of career management given my profile?

• S9 – Can you shed light on the differences in expectations between the different levels at an MBB firm?

• S9 – Realistically, what would be a good time for me to apply to MBB, given my situation of starting a new job in the next few months and needing to show some traction?

• S9 – Apart from casing and networking, what are the different things I can do to improve my profile and odds of getting into a MBB firm?

• S9 – How do you define a good networking strategy? When do you think I should start? And what should I do and not do?

• S9 – How should I manage my new job given the “The Consulting Offer” program expectations on preparation and timelines to complete different tasks?

• S9 – Who are the best head hunters to work with in France, UAE and Morocco?

• S9 – Is there anything I should know about regarding the Mckinsey PST test?

• S11 – The partner of the company I am working at has relatives at BCG and McKinsey. How should I deal with that when applying?

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