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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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What is strategy, Michael Porter

Marketing Myopia, Theodore Levitt

How fast can your company grow, Neil Church & John Mullins

McKinsey's Marvin Bower, Elizabeth Haas Edersheim

Timeline

date
activity
type
length

August 14th, 2012

Preparation Call With Firmsconsulting

Coaching

60 minutes

August 22nd, 2012

Session 1 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

August 23rd, 2012

Edited Work Experience Section of Resume

Application Documents

45 minutes

August 26th, 2012

Session 2 Coaching

Coaching

60 minutes

August 27th, 2012

Resume Editing

Application Documents

60 minutes

August 28th, 2012

Read “Marketing Myopia” by Theordore Levitt

Reading

60 minutes

August 28th, 2012

Resume Editing

Application Documents

60 minutes

August 29th, 2012

Session 3 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

August 30th, 2012

Resume Edit

Application Documents

30 minutes

September 2nd, 2012

Session 4 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

September 2nd, 2012

Resume Edits

Application Documents

30 minutes

September 3rd, 2012

Resume Edits

Application Documents

30 minutes

September 4th, 2012

Watched Case Video Library, Session 1

Practicing

60 minutes

September 5th, 2012

Session 5 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

September 6th, 2012

Review Notes & Listen to Brainstorming Podcasts

Practicing

60 minutes

September 7th, 2012

Practice Estimation Questions & Watch Case Video Library Session 2

Practicing

60 minutes

September 8th, 2012

Update Linkedin Profile & Contact McKinsey Recruiter

Networking

60 minutes

September 9th, 2012

Session 6 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

September 10th, 2012

Review Previous Notes

Practicing

20 minutes

September 11th, 2012

Review Previous Notes & Practice Estimation Cases

Practicing

45 minutes

September 11th, 2012

Practice Brainstorming

Practicing

30 minutes

September 13th, 2012

Listen To FIT/PEI Podcasts 58-65

Practicing

60 minutes

September 16th, 2012

Completed “Succeeded As A Management Consultant”

Reading

300 minutes

September 16th, 2012

Q&A Session with Michael

Coaching

60 minutes

September 17th, 2012

Reviewed Pages 1-40 of The Strategy Toolkit

Practicing

90 minutes

September 18th, 2012

Listened to FIT/PEI Podcasts 58-65

Practicing

60 minutes

September 19th, 2012

Practice Brainstorming

Practicing

45 minutes

September 20th, 2012

Reviewed Estimation/Brainstorming Notes

Practicing

30 minutes

September 22nd, 2012

Preparation for Session 7

Practicing

30 minutes

September 23rd, 2012

Session 7 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

September 24th, 2012

Preparation for Session 8

Practicing

30 minutes

September 25th, 2012

Session 8 Coaching

Coaching

70 minutes

September 26th, 2012

Review Session 8 Notes & Practice Brainstorming

Practicing

60 minutes

September 27th, 2012

Listened to New Podcasts

Practicing

30 minutes

September 28th, 2012

Session 9 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

October 1st, 2012

Review Communication & Brainstorming Material

Practicing

60 minutes

October 2nd, 2012

Update Linkedin & Commence Networking with Tier-2 Firms

Networking

60 minutes

October 4th, 2012

Case Practice Session 1

Practicing

45 minutes

October 5th, 2012

Review Case Video Library Sessions 5 & 7

Practicing

60 minutes

October 7th, 2012

Prepared For Session 10 & Uploaded 2 FIT/PEI Answers

Practicing

60 minutes

October 8th, 2012

Session 10 Coaching

Coaching

80 minutes

October 11th, 2012

Session 11 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

October 14th, 2012

Watched Case Video Library Session 6 & Loaded 3 FIT/PEI Answers

Practicing

60 minutes

October 15th, 2012

Session 12 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

October 17th, 2012

Prepared for Session 13

Practicing

60 minutes

October 18th, 2012

Session 13 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

October 19th, 2012

Networking on Linkedin

Networking

30 minutes

October 20th, 2012

Preparing Cover Letter and FIT/PEI Answers

Application Documents

90 minutes

October 21st, 2012

Review Session 12 & 13 Notes, and Upload FIT/PEI Answers

Practicing

30 minutes

October 24th, 2012

Session 14 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

October 26th, 2012

Session 15 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

October 27th, 2012

Practice Session With Rafik

Practicing

90 minutes

October 28th, 2012

Prepare Draft Cover Letter

Application Documents

30 minutes

November 4th, 2012

Session 15 Prep Reading Notes

Practicing

30 minutes

November 5th, 2012

Session 15 Coaching

Coaching

90 minutes

November 6th, 2012

Session 16 Prep Reading Notes

Practicing

30 minutes

November 7th, 2012

Session 16 Coaching

Coaching

80 minutes

November 9th, 2012

Session 17 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

November 11th, 2012

Practicing Past Cases Covered

Practicing

90 minutes

November 13th, 2012

Practicing Past Cases Covered

Practicing

60 minutes

November 15th, 2012

Reviewed Past FIT/PEI Cases Covered

Practicing

60 minutes

November 16th, 2012

Session 18 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

November 18th, 2012

Practiced Past Cases

Practicing

120 minutes

November 19th, 2012

Kevin Coyne Prep Call With Firmsconsulting

Coaching

60 minutes

November 20th, 2012

Kevin Coyne Mentoring Call

Coaching

60 minutes

November 21st, 2012

Session 19 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

November 25th, 2012

Review Notes, Update Cover Letter and Practice Cases

Application Documents

90 minutes

November 26th, 2012

Session 20 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

December 1st, 2012

HBS 2011 Casebook Practice

Practicing

60 minutes

December 6th, 2012

Updated Resume and Cover Letter

Application Documents

60 minutes

December 7th, 2012

Session 20 Coaching Continued

Coaching

30 minutes

December 8th, 2012

ESADE Casebook Practice

Practicing

120 minutes

December 9th, 2012

Networking

Networking

60 minutes

December 10th, 2012

Networking

Networking

60 minutes

December 11th, 2012

Networking

Networking

60 minutes

December 14th, 2012

Session 21 Coaching

Coaching

120 minutes

FAQs

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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Between Season 1, 2 & 3 there are over 400 hours of case training material, over 300 cases and their video solutions and, of course, all of it is done by former senior partners of McKinsey, BCG et al. Seasons 4 and 5 have been recorded and will be released. Season 6 is in production.

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Season 1 is for beginners or less experienced candidates who want to learn everything needed to pass case interviews. It is not easier, but takes more time to explain the basics.

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.

Season 2 is very different and focused on how to interact with partners in the final round – the people who make the hiring decision. It is a live production filmed on location where Kevin P. Coyne, former McKinsey Director & Worldwide Strategy Practice Co-Leader spends time mentoring and preparing 2 candidates. Season 2 cases are tougher and typical to McKinsey, BCG and Bain in the final round. Kevin does inference-based cases where merely producing a case structure usually will not work . The season includes episodes on closed-list dinners, group cases, networking and complex strategy cases.

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Season 4 focuses almost entirely on experienced professionals currently working in globally recognized companies. Only one participant is an MBA student. The training, focus, needs and skills sets are significant different for experienced hires. The program also runs much longer since experienced hires usually recruit off-cycle and need not rush to meet the Sept/Oct deadline for applications.

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