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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.

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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!

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Timeline

date
activity
type
length

August 17th, 2012

Email Firmsconsulting New Available Times

Coaching

10 minutes

August 20th, 2012

Coaching Skype Test with Firmsconsulting

Coaching

30 minutes

August 20th, 2012

Send Early Networking Emails

Networking

90 minutes

August 21st, 2012

Session 1 Coaching Cancelled Due to Internet Speed

Coaching

20 minutes

August 26th, 2012

Watched Case Video Library Session 1, Solved Cases

Practicing

60 minutes

August 27th, 2012

2nd Round Interview with Spanish Consultancy

Practicing

90 minutes

August 28th, 2012

Respond to Firmsconsulting

Coaching

30 minutes

August 29th, 2012

Send Networking Emails

Networking

30 minutes

August 29th, 2012

Session 1 Coaching

Application Documents

45 minutes

August 30th, 2012

Resume Edit

Application Documents

30 minutes

August 30th, 2012

Session 2 Coaching

Coaching

45 minutes

August 31st, 2012

Call With Headhunter

Networking

30 minutes

August 31st, 2012

Edit Resume

Application Documents

30 minutes

September 1st, 2012

Case Preparation For Next Call

Practicing

60 minutes

September 3rd, 2012

Session 3 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

September 3rd, 2012

Networking Calls

Networking

45 minutes

September 4th, 2012

Create Improvement To-Do List

Practicing

30 minutes

September 4th, 2012

Case Preparation For Session 5

Practicing

45 minutes

September 5th, 2012

Case Preparation For Session 5

Practicing

30 minutes

September 5th, 2012

Listening To FIT/PEI Podcasts 58-65

Practicing

60 minutes

September 6th, 2012

Local Consulting Firm Interview

Practicing

120 minutes

September 7th, 2012

Local Consulting Firm Interview

Practicing

90 minutes

September 7th, 2012

Resume Edits

Application Documents

30 minutes

September 8th, 2012

Resume Edits

Application Documents

30 minutes

September 8th, 2012

Apply To Local Consulting Firms

Application Documents

120 minutes

September 10th, 2012

Session 4 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

September 11th, 2012

News Reading

Reading

60 minutes

September 11th, 2012

Watching Case Video Library, Session 5

Practicing

120minutes

September 13th, 2012

Out Of Country Interview With Local Consulting Firm

Practicing

60 minutes

September 16th, 2012

Session 5 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

September 16th, 2012

Listen to Podcasts 58-65

Practicing

60 minutes

September 18th, 2012

Read “Succeeding As A Management Consultant”

Reading

90 minutes

September 19th, 2012

Reviewed Multiple Podcasts + Videos

Practicing

120 minutes

September 20th, 2012

Watching Case Video Library, Session 4

Practicing

60 minutes

September 23rd, 2012

Session 6 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

September 24th, 2012

Brainstorming Practice At Library

Practicing

120 minutes

September 25th, 2012

Brainstorming Practice At Library

Practicing

120 minutes

September 25th, 2012

Call With Michael To Discuss Session 6

Coaching

60 minutes

September 26th, 2012

Watching Case Video Library, Session 2

Practicing

120 minutes

September 26th, 2012

Session 7 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

September 28th, 2012

Review Feedback & Upload Notes

Practicing

60 minutes

September 29th, 2012

Watched Case Video Library, Session 3

Practicing

120 minutes

September 29th, 2012

Session 8 Coaching

Coaching

70 minutes

October 3rd, 2012

Video Casing With Friends

Practicing

60 minutes

October 4th, 2012

Case Practice #1 With Sanjeev

Practicing

120 minutes

October 5th, 2012

Interview With Paris Boutique Firm

Practicing

180 minutes

October 6th, 2012

Reading “Succeeding As A Management Consultant”

Reading

60 minutes

October 7th, 2012

Watching Videos on Confidence Building

Practicing

60 minutes

October 8th, 2012

Math Drills Preparation

Practicing

60 minutes

October 8th, 2012

Romney Vs. Obama Debate

Practicing

180 minutes

October 10th, 2012

Preparation For Session 9, Questions

Coaching

60 minutes

October 10th, 2012

Session 9 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

October 12th, 2012

1st Round Interview With Paris Boutique Firm

Practicing

120 minutes

October 15th, 2012

Practicing Math Drills

Practicing

60 minutes

October 17th, 2012

1st Interview With Tech Company

Practicing

90 minutes

October 17th, 2012

Practicing Estimation Cases Silently

Practicing

60 minutes

October 18th, 2012

Practicing Estimation Cases Silently

Reading

60 minutes

October 19th, 2012

Work On Resume For Applications in Six Months

Application Documents

60 minutes

October 20th, 2012

Prepare for FIT/PEI Session

Practicing

90 minutes

October 20th, 2012

Session 9 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

October 21st, 2012

Cleaning & Uploading Notes

Practicing

60 minutes

October 23rd, 2012

Interview With Boutique Paris Firm

Practicing

180 minutes

October 24th, 2012

Interview With Boutique Paris Firm

Practicing

180 minutes

October 24th, 2012

FIT/PEI Podcast Preparation

Practicing

120 minutes

October 24th, 2012

Session 11 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

October 25th, 2012

Watching Case Video Library, Sessions 5 & 7

Practicing

120 minutes

October 26th, 2012

Watching Case Video Library, Sessions 5 & 7

Practicing

60 minutes

October 26th, 2012

Session 12 Coaching

Coaching

100 minutes

November 1st, 2012

Book Time For New Sessions

Practicing

10 minutes

November 3rd, 2012

Case Practice With Samantha

Practicing

90 minutes

November 4th, 2012

Preparing For Practice Session With Sanjeev

Practicing

60 minutes

November 4th, 2012

Practice Session With Sanjeev

Practicing

90 minutes

November 7th, 2012

FIT/PEI Practice Podcast

Practicing

60 minutes

November 11th, 2012

Preparation For Session 13 – Mid-Point

Practicing

150 minutes

November 11th, 2012

Session 13 Coaching

Coaching

100 minutes

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How is this different from other case interview training?

Partners run the final round interviews and partner make the decision on extending an offer. TCO is the only case interview program in the world run by former partners. You can watch them training real applicants to join the most elite firms.

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The season goes into extensive details on the fundamentals of hypotheses, brainstorming/frameworks, decision tree analyses, math problems and slowly builds into very complex cases from sessions 15 to 23. The format was also different. In Season 1 we had 4 candidates and eliminated them gradually until we worked with the successful candidate, Felix who is now in consulting and doing quite well – we are still continuing to work with Felix so expect more recordings from her. All the recording was done over the internet.

There is 16 hours of footage dedicated to just editing resumes in season 1 and about 5 hours dedicated to reading graphs and exhibits in cases.

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