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Lawyer on importance of structures

Lawyer discussing the importance of generating structures

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Lawyer discussing the importance of generating structures

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9 Consulting Industry

Session 9: Debrief No matter how many times we implore a candidate to ask questions or to simply ask for advice, being under pressure to learn as much as possible, they struggle to do this in the coac

Session 9: Debrief No matter how many times we implore a candidate to ask questions or to simply ask

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Kim Kardashian’s wisdom

Lawyer benefiting from Kim Kardashian's wisdom on brainstorming

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Lawyer benefiting from Kim Kardashian's wisdom on brainstorming

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12 BCG, Market Entry

When teaching market entry cases, we keep Bain in mind, since their approach, heavily influenced by their PE work, is the most comprehensive and realistic for acquisitions to enter a new market. The a

When teaching market entry cases, we keep Bain in mind, since their approach, heavily influenced by

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13 McKinsey, Operations

Session 13: Operations Cases, Pivoting to the McKinsey Approach, Mid-Point Feedback & Unstructured/trend cases All cases done from this session onward to the end are done in the McKinsey-approach

Session 13: Operations Cases, Pivoting to the McKinsey Approach, Mid-Point Feedback & Unstructur

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Kim Kardashian takes PhD to McKinsey ME

PhD on how Kim Kardashian taught him brainstorming to join McKinsey Middle East

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PhD on how Kim Kardashian taught him brainstorming to join McKinsey Middle East

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14 McKinsey, Competition

Session 14: Competition Strategy Cases & Content Traps Congratulations to the final 2 candidates who make it past session 13. Special congratulations to the candidate who now will be coached by Mi

Session 14: Competition Strategy Cases & Content Traps Congratulations to the final 2 candidates

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Deloitte tech. consultant into BCG generalist

Deloitte technology consultant forges a role into BCG generalist

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Deloitte technology consultant forges a role into BCG generalist

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15 McKinsey, Strategy

Session 15: Complex Profitability Cases Samantha should now be able to handle any estimation or brainstorming case we throw at her. Moreover, by focusing on her technique and not her speed, she should

Session 15: Complex Profitability Cases Samantha should now be able to handle any estimation or brai

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16 McKinsey, Pricing

Session 16: Pricing Cases There is no framework for pricing, but there is a simple way to approach pricing problems. Candidates are too often, incorrectly, taught that there are just 4 pricing strateg

Session 16: Pricing Cases There is no framework for pricing, but there is a simple way to approach p

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18 FIT & PEI

Session 18: Fit/PEI While fit is done in this session, we expect candidates to have prepared adequately leading up to this session by listening to podcasts 58-65, listening to other podcasts, leading

Session 18: Fit/PEI While fit is done in this session, we expect candidates to have prepared adequat

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19 McKinsey, Strategy

Session 19: Random Full Case & Random Drills Candidates should now be in the interview process and/or practicing with colleagues. The candidate needs to be become skilled at applying the case tech

Session 19: Random Full Case & Random Drills Candidates should now be in the interview process a

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EMBA to McKinsey Asia over 30 months

EMBA joins McKinsey Implementation from India via Dubai over 30 months

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EMBA joins McKinsey Implementation from India via Dubai over 30 months

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20 McKinsey, Econ. Strategy

Session 20: Energy, Conciseness, Brainstorming, Communication & Objective Functions The five areas highlighted listed above are the most important areas the remaining candidates need to focus on.

Session 20: Energy, Conciseness, Brainstorming, Communication & Objective Functions The five are

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Australian with 24 cases practiced joins BCG

Australian with 24 cases practiced joins BCG

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Australian with 24 cases practiced joins BCG

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21 McKinsey, Corp. Strategy

Session 21: Development Areas, Regional-focus, Strategy & Partner-style cases The training wheels are now off and the dynamic of the relationship should have changed. The final two candidates are

Session 21: Development Areas, Regional-focus, Strategy & Partner-style cases The training wheel

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Wharton MBA on her journey to Bain Boston

Wharton MBA on her journey to Bain Boston

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Wharton MBA on her journey to Bain Boston

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22 McKinsey, BTO

Session 22: Development Areas, Regional-focus, BTO & Partner-style cases We like BTO cases because it is a great skill of a candidate to extract the strategy issues from seemingly mundane informat

Session 22: Development Areas, Regional-focus, BTO & Partner-style cases We like BTO cases becau

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Ivy League 630 GMAT public undergrad. school to BCG

Ivy League 630 GMAT public undergraduate school joins BCG

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Ivy League 630 GMAT public undergraduate school joins BCG

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Unsuccessful McKinsey intern now at Bain

McKinsey internship does not convert but successful at Bain

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McKinsey internship does not convert but successful at Bain

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Case interview math (mental math) tools, formulas and tips

Case Interview Math (Mental Math) Tools, Formulas and Tips Consulting case interview mental math practice is a must as part of one’s overall consulting case interview preparation. All management

Case Interview Math (Mental Math) Tools, Formulas and Tips Consulting case interview mental math pra

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Our unique case interview preparation approach

Our unique case interview preparation approach Hey, it’s Kris Safarova. And this is Fridays with Firmsconsulting! In the previous episode we discussed 3 foundational skills you need before you shoul

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Our unique case interview preparation approach Hey, it’s Kris Safarova. And this is Fridays with F

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McKinsey Middle East Into McKinsey USA

McKinsey Middle East consultant transitions to McKinsey USA

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McKinsey Middle East consultant transitions to McKinsey USA

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How to network to get consulting interviews

In today’s video we will focus on how to network to help you get consulting interviews and increase your chances to get an offer. So the real question here is how do you network to get a result you

In today’s video we will focus on how to network to help you get consulting interviews and increas

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Unemployed PhD to BCG after 12 months

Unemployed PhD to BCG after 12 months of effort

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Unemployed PhD to BCG after 12 months of effort

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Questions about consulting answered

Questions about consulting answered If you are considering management consulting as a career you likely have questions about consulting. In this article, we attempt to answer some of the common questi

Questions about consulting answered If you are considering management consulting as a career you lik

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What is the McKinsey PEI (Personal Experience Interview)?

What is the McKinsey PEI (Personal Experience Interview)? Overview of the McKinsey PEI In this article, we are covering McKinsey PEI (personal experience interview, also called FIT). McKinsey PEI is n

What is the McKinsey PEI (Personal Experience Interview)? Overview of the McKinsey PEI In this artic

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BCG Paris’s complex DCF case questions

BCG Paris's requirements for complex DCF and other calculations

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BCG Paris's requirements for complex DCF and other calculations

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QUESTIONS FOR CONSULTING INTERVIEWS

Questions for Consulting Interviews In providing an answer to the topic of questions for consulting interviews, we will start by urging you to think about the true meaning of a question. After which 

Questions for Consulting Interviews In providing an answer to the topic of questions for consulting

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Best Consulting Firms To Work For in 2020

Best Consulting Firms To Work For in 2020 Management consulting firms operate across the world and serve basically every industry. And while everyone knows about McKinsey, BCG, Bain and Deloitte, ther

Best Consulting Firms To Work For in 2020 Management consulting firms operate across the world and s

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Harvard MBA on consulting women and modelling

Harvard MBA on women in consulting and late night modelling

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Harvard MBA on women in consulting and late night modelling

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Mental Math Practice: Round to the Nearest Dollar: Getting the Most “Bang for your Buck”

Mental Math Practice: Getting the Most “Bang for your Buck” In case interviews, you may be asked to undergo mental math gyrations from Minute 1. Consider the following excerpt from this sa

Mental Math Practice: Getting the Most “Bang for your Buck” In case interviews, you may

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The Fine Art of MBA Application

The Fine Art of MBA Application With nine (9) fully-funded offers, 5 out of which also included monthly stipends, from fourteen (14) applications to top 10 – 50 MBA programs in the US and Canada, I

The Fine Art of MBA Application With nine (9) fully-funded offers, 5 out of which also included mont

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Physics Skills in Business: 3 Case-Interview Concepts I Learned From Physics

Physics Skills in Business: 3 Case-Interview Concepts I Learned From Physics Physics has been defined as the study of the laws of nature, in all their broad glory! In contemporary physics curricula,

Physics Skills in Business: 3 Case-Interview Concepts I Learned From Physics Physics has been defin

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Business Case Example: The 10 Best Free Examples in 2020 (McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte etc.)

Business Case Example: The 10 Best Free Examples in 2020 (McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte etc.) The Consulting Offer within our Premium membership is, by far, the best way to prepare for case interviews

Business Case Example: The 10 Best Free Examples in 2020 (McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte etc.) The Co

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SAP manager Venkat approach to McKinsey BTO

SAP manager uses Venkat approach to join McKinsey BTO

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SAP manager uses Venkat approach to join McKinsey BTO

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Business terms glossary – A to Z

Business Terms Glossary – A to Z If you’re new to business, you may hear a lot of words and phrases that you do not know and that are not well (or are not) defined in a standard dictionary. Ou

Business Terms Glossary – A to Z If you’re new to business, you may hear a lot of words and

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US Military Captain ignores MBA into McKinsey

US Military Captain ignores MBA advice to join McKinsey

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US Military Captain ignores MBA advice to join McKinsey

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Consulting job applicants: 4 best case interviewees we ever trained

Consulting Job Applicants: 4 Best Case Interviewees We Ever Trained In this article, we will share the key lessons of the top 4 consulting job applicants we trained, as measured purely by their consul

Consulting Job Applicants: 4 Best Case Interviewees We Ever Trained In this article, we will share t

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MBA on a very counter-intuitive BCG strategy

Richard Ivey MBA on a very counter-intuitive BCG strategy

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Richard Ivey MBA on a very counter-intuitive BCG strategy

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Guide to FIRMSconsulting Content

We produce an extensive list of podcasts, books, videos, slides and other media. This content guide can help you navigate your way through and build your career development plan. It’s helpful to rem

Networking

We produce an extensive list of podcasts, books, videos, slides and other media. This content guide

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Vancouver undergrad into McKinsey Asia

Vancouver-based undergraduate's repositioning into McKinsey Asia

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Vancouver-based undergraduate's repositioning into McKinsey Asia

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Management Consulting

Start Here with Case Interviews

Start here if you are preparing for case interviews. This is an overview of what you need to know to improve your chances of receiving an offer.

Management Consulting

Start here if you are preparing for case interviews. This is an overview of what you need to know to

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Female MBA pivots away from BCG to join IBanking

Female MBA pivots in September away from BCG to join IBanking

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Female MBA pivots in September away from BCG to join IBanking

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Deloitte S&O MBA declines McKinsey for Corporate

Deloitte S&O MBA learns when to turn down McKinsey for Corporate

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Deloitte S&O MBA learns when to turn down McKinsey for Corporate

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Terms

Last updated November 3, 2020 Firmsconsulting LLC. welcomes you. We invite you to access and use our Websites. These terms of use apply to your use of all of the Websites, digital properties and servi

Last updated November 3, 2020 Firmsconsulting LLC. welcomes you. We invite you to access and use our

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McKinsey. How to be Influential & Make an Impact

How to be Influential & Make an Impact A powerful, and incredibly emotional, program with Kevin P. Coyne recorded for his beautiful little daughter, who makes a guest appearance, for her to view w

How to be Influential & Make an Impact A powerful, and incredibly emotional, program with Kevin

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The Digital Gold Miner StartUp

Building a Digital Gold Mining StartUp With Peter, a FIRMSconsulting Case Coaching Alum, and his family, we will help them take over a decommissioned, lower-yield gold mine and bring it on stream to p

Building a Digital Gold Mining StartUp With Peter, a FIRMSconsulting Case Coaching Alum, and his fam

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How to Sell in Consulting, Like a Partner

How to Sell, While Facing Discrimination Michael became a partner in his late 20s. To become a partner one needs to develop/sell a recurring book of business (sales) that is usually between $4MM / ann

How to Sell, While Facing Discrimination Michael became a partner in his late 20s. To become a partn

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USA vs CA/AU/UK Residency/Citizenship

USA vs CA/AU/UK Residency/Citizenship We outline the detailed and counter-intuitive strategy and steps taken to ensure Lisa obtained her US green card in an accelerated time frame: 1yr 4 months. This

USA vs CA/AU/UK Residency/Citizenship We outline the detailed and counter-intuitive strategy and ste

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Bill Matassoni; ex-McKinsey partner

Bill Matassoni; ex-McKinsey partner A memoir, Marketing Saves the World,  and 20-episode documentary, The Bill Matassoni Show, about the strategies to outwit, outplay and outlast the competition. 

Bill Matassoni; ex-McKinsey partner A memoir, Marketing Saves the World,  and 20-episode documentar

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Kevin P. Coyne teaches Competitive Strategy

Kevin P. Coyne teaches Competitive Strategy Kevin P. Coyne, ex-McKinsey partner & Worldwide Strategy Practice Co-Leader, will reveal the unique approach he used to develop the competitive strategi

Kevin P. Coyne teaches Competitive Strategy Kevin P. Coyne, ex-McKinsey partner & Worldwide Stra

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How to Become a McKinsey Partner. 1st Time Revealed

How to Become a McKinsey Partner. 1st Time Ever Revealed Kevin P. Coyne, ex-McKinsey partner & Worldwide Strategy Practice Co-Leader, will reveal for the first time the real way to become a McKins

How to Become a McKinsey Partner. 1st Time Ever Revealed Kevin P. Coyne, ex-McKinsey partner & W

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How to Develop Big Insights

How to Develop Big Insights THE MOST POPULAR PROGRAM ON FC. This approach can be applied to all problems anywhere. It is not limited to strategy, operations etc. Michael became a partner in his late 2

How to Develop Big Insights THE MOST POPULAR PROGRAM ON FC. This approach can be applied to all prob

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How to Find A Great Mentor

How to Find A Great Mentor In this program, we discover most ask and are trying to solve the the wrong mentoring question. All the McKinsey, BCG et al partners hosting our programs talk about the incr

How to Find A Great Mentor In this program, we discover most ask and are trying to solve the the wro

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How to Reboot a Stalled Career

How to Reboot a Stalled Career The steps and strategies we use to accelerate the careers of clients in our executive coaching program. Bhavin was a 36 yr old EMBA graduate from a NE USA Top-10 program

How to Reboot a Stalled Career The steps and strategies we use to accelerate the careers of clients

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Building an Electric Car Startup

Building an Electric Car Startup With Richard, a recent ex-MBB consultant and Firmsconsulting Case Coaching Alum, we co-launch an start-up to build an electric car. We are attempting to build a real a

Building an Electric Car Startup With Richard, a recent ex-MBB consultant and Firmsconsulting Case C

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(Re) Building a Consulting Practice

(Re) Building a Consulting Practice In this series we follow Michael, when in his mid-20s, as a senior associate, he changed offices and led the turnaround of the strategy practice across multiple wea

(Re) Building a Consulting Practice In this series we follow Michael, when in his mid-20s, as a seni

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Implementation of an Operations Strategy

Implementation of an Operations Strategy Work with an implementation team helping one of the world’s most profitable and largest aluminium smelters improve profits and production by implementing a n

Implementation of an Operations Strategy Work with an implementation team helping one of the world

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Big Data & Machine Learning Strategy Study

Big Data & Machine Learning Strategy Study We help an energy giant develop the national disease management strategy for one particularly costly and burdensome disease. To learn more about this stu

Big Data & Machine Learning Strategy Study We help an energy giant develop the national disease

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The Turnaround & Restructuring Engagement

The Turnaround & Restructuring Engagement In this study we help a state-owned entity that is essentially dying and preparing for a future where it possibly does not exist. Despite numerous consult

The Turnaround & Restructuring Engagement In this study we help a state-owned entity that is ess

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Digital & IT Strategy Study

Digital & IT Strategy Study A corporate strategy and digital team helps a major national insurance company determine how to change their business model as customers demand real time premium adjust

Digital & IT Strategy Study A corporate strategy and digital team helps a major national insuran

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The Career MasterPlan Program

The Career MasterPlan Program We summarize the critical skills and strategies we developed for our most successful executive coaching clients and give you a blueprint to significantly alter your caree

The Career MasterPlan Program We summarize the critical skills and strategies we developed for our m

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McKinsey Rhodes Scholar

McKinsey Rhodes Scholar learns about the importance of planning

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McKinsey Rhodes Scholar learns about the importance of planning

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Growing a Boutique Consulting Firm

Growing a Boutique Consulting Firm This new series follows the partners’ journey after he left the firm and is headhunted to turnaround a large yet struggling boutique consulting firm. This seri

Growing a Boutique Consulting Firm This new series follows the partners’ journey after he left

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Partnership. Memoir. From Analyst to Director by age 30

Partnership. Memoir. From Analyst to Director by age 30 How I did it and what you can learn As many of you know Firmsconsulting only works with the most eminent McKinsey, BCG et al. former senior par

Partnership. Memoir. From Analyst to Director by age 30 How I did it and what you can learn As many

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Life After McKinsey

A McKinsey Associate’s Life After Consulting We help Daniel, an ex-McKinsey associate, build his career as a Strategy Senior Vice-President within the internal strategy unit of a major Chinese i

A McKinsey Associate’s Life After Consulting We help Daniel, an ex-McKinsey associate, build h

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Building a Digital Luxury Startup

Building a Luxury Brand We will help Tatiana, a Wharton MBA graduate and scion of a prominent Asian family, build an ultra-luxury brand from literally nothing “The Promotion” is an original Firmsc

Building a Luxury Brand We will help Tatiana, a Wharton MBA graduate and scion of a prominent Asian

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How to Sell Multi-Million Dollar Strategy/Innovation Engagements

How to Sell Multi-Million Dollar Strategy/Innovation Engagements In three years we help Andrew achieve $30MM in revenue and become an equity partner in the innovation consulting practice. This program

How to Sell Multi-Million Dollar Strategy/Innovation Engagements In three years we help Andrew achie

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FIRMSconsulting Insider

FC Insider is for our long-term members who are committed to making a substantial, positive impact on the world, accompanied by rapid career progression. Like all loyalty programs, initial and continu

FC Insider is for our long-term members who are committed to making a substantial, positive impact o

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Why Bain and Company Never Branded Itself as Ex-BCG

Why Bain and Company Never Branded Itself as Ex-BCG And how Bain’s strategy to build its brand is applicable to your career. It is one thing to run a lifestyle-business doing small consulting pr

Why Bain and Company Never Branded Itself as Ex-BCG And how Bain’s strategy to build its brand

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Corporate Strategy and Transformation Study: Exclusive Preview

Corporate Strategy and Transformation Study Training: Exclusive Preview Restructuring a significant national power utility to begin building power stations and prevent rolling blackouts. This 60 minut

Corporate Strategy and Transformation Study Training: Exclusive Preview Restructuring a significant

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Mission to Mars R&D Strategy Study

Mission to Mars R&D Strategy Study Restructuring a national space agency to chase the significant goal of building a manned colony on the Red planet. This will be one of the most exciting studies

Mission to Mars R&D Strategy Study Restructuring a national space agency to chase the significan

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How you make corporate strategy choices

You, the Average Western Reader, Directly Determined the Power Sector Strategy Study Priorities This article explains how seemingly caring and liberal readers in the West indirectly, but clearly, driv

You, the Average Western Reader, Directly Determined the Power Sector Strategy Study Priorities This

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The Anatomy of a McKinsey Networking Event (Consulting Recruitment)

What to do when you network in a group setting as part of your consulting case interview recruitment process. We will primarily focus on McKinsey networking but the information is also applicable to B

Networking

What to do when you network in a group setting as part of your consulting case interview recruitment

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Corporate Level Strategy vs. Other Strategy Work

Corporate Level Strategy vs. Other Strategy Work What makes corporate level strategy different from any other strategy work? In this series of articles we discuss the approach used to help a major po

Corporate Level Strategy vs. Other Strategy Work What makes corporate level strategy different from

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Consulting Resume

How a management consultant resume is screened at McKinsey etc.

Today we're going to talk you through what goes through the mind of a screening officer in a major consulting firm like McKinsey, BCG, Deloitte when they get your management consultant resume.

Consulting Resume

Today we're going to talk you through what goes through the mind of a screening officer in a major c

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What Makes Strategy Consulting Training Effective

What Makes Strategy Consulting Training Effective Developing a new strategy consulting training program for the boutique firm. This series of articles teaches how consultants can apply best practic

What Makes Strategy Consulting Training Effective Developing a new strategy consulting training pr

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Motivating Consultants at the Floundering Boutique

Motivating Consultants at the Floundering Boutique My strategy was to focus on the alienated transportation consulting group to turn them into a poster child for the entire consulting business This se

Motivating Consultants at the Floundering Boutique My strategy was to focus on the alienated transpo

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Consulting Application Process

How to design a consulting career around immigration needs

For US clients we develop career strategies to have the best career. For foreign clients we often have to design a career strategy around their immigration needs and that may, based on their choice, t

Consulting Application Process

For US clients we develop career strategies to have the best career. For foreign clients we often ha

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Meeting My Management Team

Meeting My Management Team Leading change is an intensely lonely job. This series of articles teaches how to apply best practices from McKinsey & BCG to any consulting business. In part 1 of thi

Meeting My Management Team Leading change is an intensely lonely job. This series of articles teache

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Brainteaser

64 consulting brain teasers with answers

Consulting brain teasers with answers to help you keep your mind sharp before case interviews and develop a habit of solving problems calmly, confidently, and with a sense of urgency.

Brainteaser

Consulting brain teasers with answers to help you keep your mind sharp before case interviews and de

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McKinsey will never own China’s consulting market

The Consulting Market in China Will Never be Owned by McKinsey McKinsey and BCG’s primary competitive advantage does not work in the Chinese consulting market for the most important clients toda

The Consulting Market in China Will Never be Owned by McKinsey McKinsey and BCG’s primary comp

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Consulting Application Process

Defensive case study interview techniques – McKinsey, BCG, Bain, etc.

You need to practice defensive case study interview techniques. Like defensive driving, in this approach you expect the worse and run the case interview by taking charge to help the interviewer help y

Consulting Application Process

You need to practice defensive case study interview techniques. Like defensive driving, in this appr

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Can a Boutique Consulting Firm Beat McKinsey or BCG?

Can a Boutique Consulting Firm Beat McKinsey or BCG? There are 6 rules to displacing McKinsey and BCG. It is one thing to use the techniques of McKinsey and BCG to become a slightly better boutique

Can a Boutique Consulting Firm Beat McKinsey or BCG? There are 6 rules to displacing McKinsey and

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Group Case Interview

Consulting Group Case Interview: What to Expect and How to Prepare

If you have a group interview coming up you are probably thinking, “How can I set myself up to do well?” In this article, we provide some advice on how to succeed in a group case interview.

Group Case Interview

If you have a group interview coming up you are probably thinking, “How can I set myself up to do

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Corporate Strategy Engagement

Corporate Strategy Engagement Helping a major power utility develop a new corporate strategy to meet surging demand and manage rising blackouts. In this series of articles we discuss the approach used

Corporate Strategy Engagement Helping a major power utility develop a new corporate strategy to meet

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Consulting Practice I Inherited

Consulting Practice I Inherited “Trust but verify.” Pres. Ronald Reagan This series examines the ways in which best practices from BCG and McKinsey can be applied in other work environment

Consulting Practice I Inherited “Trust but verify.” Pres. Ronald Reagan This series exam

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Consulting case interview

Consulting interview questions (FIT)

Consulting interview questions include two broad types, FIT and case questions. Here are some common FIT questions and advice on how to approach them.

Consulting case interview

Consulting interview questions include two broad types, FIT and case questions. Here are some common

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Heading a Struggling Boutique Consulting Firm

Heading A Struggling Boutique Consulting Firm A corporate strategy partner’s lessons in being head-hunted from an elite firm to head a boutique consulting firm This series of articles are desig

Heading A Struggling Boutique Consulting Firm A corporate strategy partner’s lessons in being

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Business Intuition – Step-by-Step Guide to Improve It

What is business intuition? What is good, or bad, business intuition? Is business intuition the same for marketing, digital, strategy, and even operations? Is it your understanding of business?

What is business intuition? What is good, or bad, business intuition? Is business intuition the same

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Consulting Application Process

Case interview examples – MBB, Deloitte etc.

There are a lot of free case interview examples out there, but it's difficult to know where to start. Here is a list of some of the best free resources available, in one place.

Consulting Application Process

There are a lot of free case interview examples out there, but it's difficult to know where to start

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Leadership Challenge on a Consulting Engagement

How to approach leadership challenge on any consulting engagement, balancing pure traditional consulting intervention where you have to fix the hard problem, with the human side.

How to approach leadership challenge on any consulting engagement, balancing pure traditional consul

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McKinsey Solutions and McKinsey Analytics

McKinsey Solutions and McKinsey Analytics are two of the fastest growing areas of McKinsey. Will McKinsey Solutions ever be prestigious?

after-an-offer

McKinsey Solutions and McKinsey Analytics are two of the fastest growing areas of McKinsey. Will McK

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How to Set Transformative Career Goals/ Life Goals

Today we discuss setting life goals/career goals, and how to make sure you go for a home run.

Today we discuss setting life goals/career goals, and how to make sure you go for a home run.

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Can a functional partner lead the strategy workshop over a sector partner?

In this article we will address the question whether a functional partner should lead a strategy workshop over a sector partner.

In this article we will address the question whether a functional partner should lead a strategy wor

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Consulting Resume

McKinsey Recruiting

Bitter about the McKinsey recruiting process? It's probably mainly your fault.

Consulting Resume

Bitter about the McKinsey recruiting process? It's probably mainly your fault.

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How I developed skills that matter to clients?

Big 4 country leader talks about how over the last 4-5 years he developed skills that helped him raise the bar 10 times higher and significantly accelerate his career progression.

Big 4 country leader talks about how over the last 4-5 years he developed skills that helped him rai

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Management Consulting

McKinsey Associate Mistake

A McKinsey Associate needs to recognize that joining the firm confers no advantages on them relative to any other McKinsey Associate.

Management Consulting

A McKinsey Associate needs to recognize that joining the firm confers no advantages on them relative

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How to get permission to be heard

Have you ever been in a discussion and had an important and useful idea to share but found the audience shutting you down or ignoring you? Often you just do not have the audience's permission to be he

Have you ever been in a discussion and had an important and useful idea to share but found the audie

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Networking

McKinsey Director

Many experienced-hires wrote to us about our recent piece on becoming a McKinsey Principal. While they may appear to be the same, becoming a McKinsey Director requires different skills from becoming a

Networking

Many experienced-hires wrote to us about our recent piece on becoming a McKinsey Principal. While th

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Lifelong learning mindset

Lifelong learning mindset is a big commitment. There is no formal prize like a degree when you are reading about strategy problem-solving in your free time or learning to build data bases for big data

Lifelong learning mindset is a big commitment. There is no formal prize like a degree when you are r

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Consulting Resume

Consulting Resume

A consulting resume is not a standard interview application document. It must be written to overcome your specific gaps and weaknesses when applying to firms.

Consulting Resume

A consulting resume is not a standard interview application document. It must be written to overcome

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Career strategies to avoid

Today I would like to offer you some thoughts as you think through your career strategy. Specifically here are 6 career strategies you should avoid.

Today I would like to offer you some thoughts as you think through your career strategy. Specificall

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Management Consulting

McKinsey Principal

A McKinsey Principal is not nominated by the firm nor is it a role awarded based on the sales value generated for McKinsey.

Management Consulting

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Psychological barriers

Let's talk about one of psychological barriers that keep many of FC members back. I will call it "potential debt."

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Consulting Application Process

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McKinsey Digital, the old BTO along with some new capabilities, is the practice within McKinsey that advises clients on everything related to information technology (the old term for digital) and ever

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Digital Strategy: what is it

Digital strategy today means moving from B2B to B2C. It is not, and neither is it about building apps. This is a way to think about digital strategy.

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Case Interview Coaching vs TCO vs Other Coaching

There are multiple FC programs including The Consulting Offer, Case Interview Coaching, Consulting Coaching and Executive Coaching. Here is a guide to help you.

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Management Consulting

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Thank you letters

We share the emails of appreciation from clients around the world.

Management Consulting

We share the emails of appreciation from clients around the world.

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Wendy Suzuki on improving cognitive performance

Michael and Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist and a professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University, discuss Wendy's recent book entitled Healthy Brain, Happy Life.

Michael and Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist and a professor of Neural Science and Psychology at N

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Finding our training programs

Where to find our subscription-only content on the Firmsconsulting.com website if you are not yet an FC Insider.

Management Consulting

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Why Value Chain Analysis is at the Core of Strategy Consulting

Strategy is an integrated set of activities to help companies achieve a sustainable competitive advantage and value chain analysis is a tool to help companies determine such set of activities.

Strategy is an integrated set of activities to help companies achieve a sustainable competitive adva

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Bad consulting case interview experience? Complain or not complain?

We discuss if you can and if you should complain about a bad consulting case interview experience. We share some client examples and discuss how firms handle complaints.

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We discuss if you can and if you should complain about a bad consulting case interview experience. W

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Business Unit Strategy: Core & Critical

Business unit strategy within broader corporate strategy study is about first understanding which business units stay and which go, and only then about developing business unit strategy for individual

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The Consulting Offer V & VI (5th & 6th Season): Applications Now Open

Application process for The Consulting Offer, Season V.

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How to implement the client-first rule

We receive many emails from readers wanting to implement the client-first rule. Too many readers make a single tragic mistake when implementing this rule.

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Career Opportunities for Insiders

We recently announced a program where FC would serve as an executive recruiter for eligible Insiders. These are examples of the opportunities in the recruiting program.

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Why Value-Based Fees Rarely Work in Consulting

Why value-based fees are widely misunderstood and often fail to work. The key insight is about the forces of supply and demand.

Why value-based fees are widely misunderstood and often fail to work. The key insight is about the f

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Important Change: 1-On-1 Case Interview Coaching & Executive Coaching With Partners

Change to 1-on-1 case interview coaching with partners: clients who apply after 1 December 2016 are expected to interview in 12 to 15 months after they are admitted.

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Change to 1-on-1 case interview coaching with partners: clients who apply after 1 December 2016 are

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Effective Practice for Building Client Relationships and Driving Sales

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Follow this unique 110 episode series, prepared for the Darden EMBA program, to help experienced hires and EMBAs successfully prepare for their McKinsey, BCG and Bain interviews.

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How the need for external validation can compromise your performance

Seeking external validation is a losing game. It becomes a tool to manipulate you, or worse, make you change your strategy.

Seeking external validation is a losing game. It becomes a tool to manipulate you, or worse, make yo

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TCO III, Case Interview Training Program – Intro

What to expect from The Consulting Offer III. Tips and guidance on how to use TCO, the world's largest and most successful case interview training program.

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We discuss what is scenario planning, what are some of the limitations of the scenario planning tool and how to run scenario planning sessions as part of a consulting engagement.

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Grooming Emerging Leaders: Lessons from Sveta

Lessons from developing younger clients from the Emerging Leaders Program.

Management Consulting

Lessons from developing younger clients from the Emerging Leaders Program.

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Inner circle member? How to resign without burning bridges

How to resign without burning bridges, especially if you are a part of the inner circle in your organization.

How to resign without burning bridges, especially if you are a part of the inner circle in your orga

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How to deal with hard questions from a client

When clients ask hard questions it is easy to get off your game. This article addresses what is required to successfully handle hard questions from clients.

When clients ask hard questions it is easy to get off your game. This article addresses what is requ

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McKinsey BTO vs. McKinsey Strategy

In this article we look at key insights related to joining McKinsey BTO which are often overlooked by applicants.

Management Consulting

In this article we look at key insights related to joining McKinsey BTO which are often overlooked b

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How benchmarking best practice can hurt you

In this article, we focus on how benchmarking best practices can hurt you.

In this article, we focus on how benchmarking best practices can hurt you.

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How to recognize an effective consulting case interview coach or practice partner

Be wary of who you choose to listen to and whom you choose to be your consulting case interview practice partners because the best consultants are not typically the best people to guide you through co

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Be wary of who you choose to listen to and whom you choose to be your consulting case interview prac

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Industry Analysis on a Consulting Engagement

In this article we are focusing on the right way to conduct industry analysis on a consulting engagement and within corporate.

In this article we are focusing on the right way to conduct industry analysis on a consulting engage

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Firmsconsulting in Review

2016 is coming to an end and as always I send out my thoughts recapping the year and offering advice for clients. If you saw many changes with Firmsconsulting in 2016 brace yourselves for an even bigg

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2016 is coming to an end and as always I send out my thoughts recapping the year and offering advice

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The Key to a Sustainable Competitive Advantage in Your Career

Being ethical gives you a sustainable competitive advantage. It is one of the most formidable tools to build your career and life.

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Are Deloitte Consulting Partners too Political?

An ex-McKinsey associate interested in returning to McKinsey networks with Deloitte Consulting partners for perspective and practice.

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How to Build MECE Hypotheses Using a Decision Tree

To ensure your hypotheses are MECE, follow this hypotheses-with-decision-trees approach to structure your case during an interview or consulting study.

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Hello everyone! This is Monday Morning 8 a.m., a weekly newsletter where we distill the insights from all of the distractions, articles, and emails that you receive in your inbox every day. In this

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Networking with Strategy& Partners

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Management Consulting

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HBR vs. News in the Battle to Improve Reasoning

Reading HBR to develop a critical thinking ability is a flawed approach. We explore why this is the case and what you should do instead.

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TCO IV: Applications Now Open – State vs. Ivy

Application process for The Consulting Offer, Season 4: State vs. Ivy.

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Application process for The Consulting Offer, Season 4: State vs. Ivy.

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How to find a sponsor to fast-track your consulting career

11 ideas to help you find a sponsor and fast-track your consulting career.

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McKinsey Partners Advise Ex-McKinsey Consultant

Get a sneak peek into advice and information McKinsey partners provide McKinsey alums wanting to return to the firm.

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Get a sneak peek into advice and information McKinsey partners provide McKinsey alums wanting to ret

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Should business development be part of your agenda?

A framework to think about business development in management consulting and how to approach selecting business development initiatives.

A framework to think about business development in management consulting and how to approach selecti

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32 Reasons Why MBB Rule Consulting

32 criteria which shed light on why MBB (McKinsey, BCG and Bain) are ranked as the top-tier of management consulting business.

32 criteria which shed light on why MBB (McKinsey, BCG and Bain) are ranked as the top-tier of manag

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Brainstorming technique used by consulting partners

The 2 steps brainstorming technique that will help you excel at brainstorming during consulting case interviews and in actual strategy engagements.

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Storyboard Development in Strategy Engagements

What is a storyboard, where it fits within a strategy engagement and why the elite strategy firms develop a storyboard at the early stages of a study.

What is a storyboard, where it fits within a strategy engagement and why the elite strategy firms de

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Ethics is Shaped by Your Social Network

Ethics is about judgment. Your social network shapes your judgement, determining how ethical or unethical you choose to be or even could be.

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6 guidelines to help you manage travel expenses on consulting projects

Six guidelines to help you in determining whether travel expenses on a management consulting engagement are appropriate.

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Six guidelines to help you in determining whether travel expenses on a management consulting enga

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Ethical Standards are No Small Matter for McKinsey

Ethical standards has never been more important for McKinsey. Learn how to make ethical decisions.

Ethical standards has never been more important for McKinsey. Learn how to make ethical decisions.

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Should this management consultant sue McKinsey?

The 4-step decision making process we deployed to help this McKinsey consultant decide if she should sue McKinsey for racial discrimination.

The 4-step decision making process we deployed to help this McKinsey consultant decide if she should

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Can a boutique beat BCG, McKinsey and Bain?

Can a boutique firm compete against BCG, Bain and McKinsey on a major study and secure the privilege of serving the client without competing on price?

Can a boutique firm compete against BCG, Bain and McKinsey on a major study and secure the privilege

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Important: Did you receive invoices from us?

We have rolled-out a new way to manage your subscription online, print invoices and manage your profile.

We have rolled-out a new way to manage your subscription online, print invoices and manage your prof

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LAB Retail Banking Market Entry Strategy – update

Our most frequent emails are about the LAB Retail Banking Market Entry Strategy material. This update will answer the questions you have.

Our most frequent emails are about the LAB Retail Banking Market Entry Strategy material. This updat

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Withdraw from the McKinsey interview process?

Before withdrawing from the McKinsey interview process, understand for whom you are making this decision and carefully examine the trade-offs.

Before withdrawing from the McKinsey interview process, understand for whom you are making this deci

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New Theme: Africa Rising, and internships

Africa Rising is a new theme where we conduct real studies across Sub-Saharan Africa to solve significant strategy, operations and organizational issues.

Africa Rising is a new theme where we conduct real studies across Sub-Saharan Africa to solve signif

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Vote: Operations vs BTO vs Big Data Disease Management?

An update on our plans for 2015, w.r.t. Big Data, so you know what to expect and how we are keeping to that schedule.

An update on our plans for 2015, w.r.t. Big Data, so you know what to expect and how we are keeping

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The power of unconscious signals in a consulting case interview

How to influence an interviewer's opinion of you formed during the first few minutes of the consulting case interview.

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How to influence an interviewer's opinion of you formed during the first few minutes of the consulti

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1st Financial Services Strategy Study via Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing America's Renewal: Would you like to take part in a real, and live, financial services strategy study and contribute to renewing America as the world's greatest nation?

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Stanford MBA fired with cause. Can he pursue McKinsey?

Revealing our decision making process to determine if a Stanford MBA fired with cause by a prestigious investment bank should join McKinsey and BCG.

Revealing our decision making process to determine if a Stanford MBA fired with cause by a prestigio

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Why A Billable Hours Model Does not Work in Consulting

Billable hours are a key metric in consulting, which leads to more harm than good. 5 reasons why billable hours model should not be used in consulting.

Billable hours are a key metric in consulting, which leads to more harm than good. 5 reasons why bil

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From Emerging Markets Township to Consulting Partner

The path from emerging markets township to consulting partner is rarely traveled. Yet it is possible if you focus on what many others do not: do your job well.

The path from emerging markets township to consulting partner is rarely traveled. Yet it is possible

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Improved Productivity

Improved Productivity Nikkei Asia reported that Bangladesh’s output per citizen is now equal to the output per citizen in neighboring India. In other words there is an improved productivity. For

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Implementation Study & Toolkit

Do you want an implementation study and toolkit?

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IT Strategy vs. Corporate Strategy: Microsoft

Developing an IT strategy is different from developing a corporate strategy for a technology company. They require very different skills.

Developing an IT strategy is different from developing a corporate strategy for a technology company

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Up or Out Policy in Consulting – 6 Insights to Help You Get Promoted

Navigate the up or out policy in management consulting with these 6 insights.

Navigate the up or out policy in management consulting with these 6 insights.

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Chief Strategy Officer: Promotion or Demotion?

Becoming chief strategy officer in a company can be a demotion. There are unique times when it is a promotion.

Becoming chief strategy officer in a company can be a demotion. There are unique times when it is a

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MM8am Pandemics, Growth, Valuation, Technology Companies

Hi, everyone. This is “Monday Morning 8 a.m. #1: Technology Companies, Pandemics, Growth, Valuation,” a newsletter that goes out—as you guessed it—every Monday. You can listen to th

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MBA financial models are dead, we are hiring

The way MBA programs teach financial models is really outdated for today's world. Our new studies are app based.

The way MBA programs teach financial models is really outdated for today's world. Our new studies ar

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Corporate Strategy for Power Utility

Developing a corporate strategy is different from developing a business unit strategy. This piece looks at an elegant way to help CEOs understand their choices.

Developing a corporate strategy is different from developing a business unit strategy. This piece lo

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Firmsconsulting: reviewing 2014

This is a Firmsconsulting review of 2014 and our plans for 2015.

This is a Firmsconsulting review of 2014 and our plans for 2015.

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Lessons from the Failure of a Consulting Partner

The career implications on a McKinsey or BCG partner when rumors about a client’s reaction to the study does not sync with reality.

The career implications on a McKinsey or BCG partner when rumors about a client’s reaction to the

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Xmas, 2015 & Doing Good

Over Xmas we decided our new study should blend our strategy skills with tackling a major social problem.

Over Xmas we decided our new study should blend our strategy skills with tackling a major social pro

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Energy Strategy Study Proposal Win

The very first proposal I completely owned, for an energy strategy study, led to us winning the privilege to serve the client.

The very first proposal I completely owned, for an energy strategy study, led to us winning the priv

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Corporate Finance Strategy Study

This detailed article discusses a corporate finance strategy study for a transportation client embarking on a multi-billion dollar project.

This detailed article discusses a corporate finance strategy study for a transportation client embar

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Consulting to Private Equity – TCO Spin-Off

Private Equity remains the most popular career destination for alumni of join McKinsey, BCG and Bain. This is the application to our Private Equity Program.

Private Equity remains the most popular career destination for alumni of join McKinsey, BCG and Bain

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An Unusual Career Competitive Advantage

How you fund your studies can be the largest career competitive advantage you can generate, which sets up this enormously strong foundation to help you in the future.

How you fund your studies can be the largest career competitive advantage you can generate, which se

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MM8am What is Netflix’s real strategy?

Hi, everyone. This is Monday Morning 8 a.m., a newsletter that goes out—as you guessed it—every Monday. You can listen to the audio version of this Monday Morning 8 a.m. episode by sea

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Career Lessons from McKinsey’s Hypothetical Death

Using the hypothetical decline of McKinsey as an example, few career lessons on how to combine frugality, or efficient living, with ethics to significantly improve your career options and career flexi

Using the hypothetical decline of McKinsey as an example, few career lessons on how to combine fruga

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Taking applications for The Consulting Offer III

The Consulting Offer Season 3 is now open for applications. Join the program with a consistent 50% success rate for McKinsey and BCG.

The Consulting Offer Season 3 is now open for applications. Join the program with a consistent 50% s

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Skills McKinsey Associates Do Not Learn

McKinsey Associates do not learn several core skills. This article explains 3 skills and 6 activities required to start and grow a boutique consulting firm.

McKinsey Associates do not learn several core skills. This article explains 3 skills and 6 activitie

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Trend Analysis

Trend Analysis This is advice I give to one-on-one case coaching clients, and you can see them on our website—people like Peter, Richard, Tatiana, Amrit and Andrew. The first thing I tell people whe

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Competitive advantage in your career

Developing a sustainable competitive advantage in your career is challenging. A career competitive advantage is not about being good at just one thing.

Developing a sustainable competitive advantage in your career is challenging. A career competitive a

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MM8am Not all risk is

Hello, everyone! This is Monday Morning 8 a.m., a weekly newsletter where we distill the insights from all of the distractions, articles, and emails that you receive in your inbox every day. In this w

Hello, everyone! This is Monday Morning 8 a.m., a weekly newsletter where we distill the insights fr

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Management Consulting

Reviewing Firmsconsulting

In this article we are reviewing Firmsconsulting in 2015. We focus on what was accomplished, what changed and what will be the way forward.

Management Consulting

In this article we are reviewing Firmsconsulting in 2015. We focus on what was accomplished, what ch

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Learning From Consulting Mentors

My consulting mentor demonstrated strong values in two occasions: a transfer pricing study as an associate and on an organizational redesign as a principal.

My consulting mentor demonstrated strong values in two occasions: a transfer pricing study as an ass

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Inside a McKinsey Electricity Strategy Engagement

A McKinsey engagement in South Africa to develop a procurement strategy for Eskom to build 10 new power stations and secure $3.5B in initial funding.

A McKinsey engagement in South Africa to develop a procurement strategy for Eskom to build 10 new po

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Management Consulting

Management Consulting: Your First 90 Days

How to jump start your consulting career and build a good reputation? 7 crucial points for managing the fist 90 days in your management consulting career.

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How to jump start your consulting career and build a good reputation? 7 crucial points for managing

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Inside A McKinsey Financial Services Engagement

A detailed McKinsey financial study in Latin America to restructure a $7B state-owned microfinance fund by entering the retail market.

A detailed McKinsey financial study in Latin America to restructure a $7B state-owned microfinance f

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Latest PEI and Case Interview Observations

A US experienced-hire PhD shares his PEI and case interview experiences.

A US experienced-hire PhD shares his PEI and case interview experiences.

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Chapter Seven: Benchmarking Airlines at Bain

The very practical challenges of applying benchmarking airline industry are discussed and the need to stress-test each recommendation in a "live" setting.

The very practical challenges of applying benchmarking airline industry are discussed and the need t

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Chapter Six: First Bain Operations Study

The differences between Bain strategy, operations and implementation engagements are outlined and the unique challenges strategy consultants face in adapting to implementation roles.

The differences between Bain strategy, operations and implementation engagements are outlined and th

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MBA Programs

MBA Programs The Financial Times had a story about the recent rankings of MBA programs. Let’s look at what these rankings mean from a strategy, productivity and national pride perspective. While

MBA Programs The Financial Times had a story about the recent rankings of MBA programs. Let’s

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Major Changes: School-blind Assessments, Financial Aid & Minorities

We are making 3 major changes to our highly successful coaching program. The changes nurture the future leaders in consulting, from all backgrounds .

We are making 3 major changes to our highly successful coaching program. The changes nurture the fut

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Chapter Five: Bain Airline Turnaround Study

Terance discusses his first turnaround study in an emerging market and outside the US, particularly the challenges of remaining "plugged" into firm-wide initiatives which are crucial to maintaining Ba

Terance discusses his first turnaround study in an emerging market and outside the US, particularly

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KPMG Russia presents unique consulting career opportunities

The Global Strategy Group at KPMG Russia is a dynamic and growing practice that provides a wide range of strategic advisory services to leading companies.

The Global Strategy Group at KPMG Russia is a dynamic and growing practice that provides a wide rang

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Chapter Four: Redemption on a Bain Business Case

Through a Bain business case, Terance discusses how to distinguish between analyzing a problem and assembling the answers to arrive at a strategy.

Through a Bain business case, Terance discusses how to distinguish between analyzing a problem and a

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Firmsconsulting iTunes Channel

We are introducing the Firmsconsulting iTunes Channel on case interviews and strategy, with 300+ podcasts on how to solve cases, and developing strategy.

We are introducing the Firmsconsulting iTunes Channel on case interviews and strategy, with 300+ pod

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Chapter Three: My First Engagement at Bain

Terance discusses his disastrous first Bain engagement when he was taken off after disagreeing with the case leader by challenging the recommendation of boosting investment in the marketing department

Terance discusses his disastrous first Bain engagement when he was taken off after disagreeing with

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Corporate Strategy & BU Strategy Transformation Study

Management Consulting

Why go into management consulting: 11 reasons

Management consulting, along with financial services, is among the top choices for most MBAs and other candidates. Here are 11 reasons why go into management consulting over other career options.

Management Consulting

Management consulting, along with financial services, is among the top choices for most MBAs and oth

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Chapter Two: Learning MECE and 80/20 at Bain

Terance discusses learning about consulting analyses, MECE, 80/20 and storyboards in Bain's internal research team during his first year.

Terance discusses learning about consulting analyses, MECE, 80/20 and storyboards in Bain's internal

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Management Consulting

BCG & Bain turned down by Brazilian client

Why did a Brazilian female client turn down interviews from BCG, Bain and RB to join Goldman Sachs

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Why did a Brazilian female client turn down interviews from BCG, Bain and RB to join Goldman Sachs

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Chapter One: From Pepsi to Bain

An ex-Bain partner discusses his rise from Pepsi into Bain's aerospace practice and his lessons along the way. This chapter highlights his almost serendipitous arrival at Bain.

An ex-Bain partner discusses his rise from Pepsi into Bain's aerospace practice and his lessons alon

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Management consulting career: 10 insights for your 1st study

So you decided that a management consulting career is for you, have joined an elite firm but need career advice. Read on...

So you decided that a management consulting career is for you, have joined an elite firm but need ca

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Internal Strategy Units Rarely Create Strategy Consultants

Internal strategy units at banks tend to be attractive alternatives to McKinsey and BCG. This article argues they are not and the accompanying podcast discusses the practical problems a typical analys

Internal strategy units at banks tend to be attractive alternatives to McKinsey and BCG. This articl

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BCG careers collection

This is a unique collection of articles, podcasts and stories on the topic of BCG careers with detailed suggestions from former consulting partners.

This is a unique collection of articles, podcasts and stories on the topic of BCG careers with detai

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The Speech that Defined McKinsey

Delivered by Marvin Bower. The Speech that Defined McKinsey. Annual McKinsey & Company Partners’ Conference.

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Intern On A Corporate Strategy Study?

Apply to join Phase 2 of this study: developing the detailed strategy and implementation plan for a corporate strategy study.

Apply to join Phase 2 of this study: developing the detailed strategy and implementation plan for a

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Differences between Strategy, Operations & Implementation

This article explains the differences between strategy, operations and implementation consulting, and which firms are good at which type of consulting.

This article explains the differences between strategy, operations and implementation consulting, an

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Singapore & COVID-19

Singapore & COVID-19 There’s a piece in Nikkei Asia about Singapore’s response to COVID-19. They’ve made it harder for foreigners to obtain work visas, which is a natural response. Sin

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Update, Big Changes to Firmsconsulting

Read about the big changes coming to Firmsconsulting.

Management Consulting

Read about the big changes coming to Firmsconsulting.

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Launching A Consulting Firm

Nine key considerations are discussed when ex-partners of McKinsey and BCG leave the firm to start their own consulting firms.

Nine key considerations are discussed when ex-partners of McKinsey and BCG leave the firm to start t

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Is a Harvard MBA Enough for McKinsey?

McKinsey recruits only 5%-8% of the Harvard class. Therefore, a Harvard MBA in itself is insufficient. How a student is set up to compete at Harvard, or any other school, matters.

McKinsey recruits only 5%-8% of the Harvard class. Therefore, a Harvard MBA in itself is insufficien

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Is Porters five forces model still relevant?

Porters five forces model is still a powerful approach consultants can use to understand and cope with competition. The key is in knowing how to use it. Victoria's post #8.

Porters five forces model is still a powerful approach consultants can use to understand and cope wi

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Disastrous First BCG Engagement

A discussion of reasoning used by a partner to analyze a BCG associate's poor engagement performance. There are almost no excuses for weak performance.

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Management Consulting

Cause and Effect: When Not to Choose Consulting

Cause and Effect is discussed to understand when working for P&G, GE, Nestle etc., may be a better career path versus working for McKinsey, Bain or BCG.

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Cause and Effect is discussed to understand when working for P&G, GE, Nestle etc., may be a better c

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Public sector projects can be amongst the most complex, significant, challenging and inspiring of all strategy and operations assignments, which requires unique skills.

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Part Thirteen: Case Interview Plan

An aspiring management consultant discusses his detailed case interview plan to improve his business judgement and sharpen his mental math skills.

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Why Roland Berger is the Strategy Firm to Watch

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Season 2 Episode Guide

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The Candidates

TCO 5 Ritika Mohan Arizona BS/Illinois PhD(Joined MBB Midwestern USA) Ritika Mohan is a University of Arizona, Tucson BS & University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign M.S. & Ph.D. whom we mentor

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Client Testimonials

HBS graduate discusses path to McKinsey & BCG

A HBS graduate discusses his coaching and use of The Consulting Offer to obtain offers from BCG and McKinsey.

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Coaching Strategy

We use 7 techniques to train participants.   Solving cases from first-principles, demonstrated competency and ethics   1 – Candidates are exposed to the three core principals at the he

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Rhodes scholar to McKinsey Europe

A Rhodes Scholar discusses the benefits of the London region, the strength of the Bain office and M&A cases at BCG.

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Types of Cases

All full cases have 5 components   (1) Answer-first or issue-first (2) Interviewer-led or interviewee-led (3) Clear objective function or missing objective function (4) Weak or heavy data intensi

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Infographics

Shattering Case Interview Myths with Data   We track participants across multiple metrics in all TCO seasons. This allows us to test if common assumptions, myths, and best-practices about case in

Shattering Case Interview Myths with Data   We track participants across multiple metrics in al

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McKinsey Paris associate hands-on preparation

McKinsey Paris associate discusses her very hands-on preparation program around confidence and fundamentals.

McKinsey Paris associate discusses her very hands-on preparation program around confidence and funda

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Interview with Coach

Q&A with the Coaches & Mentors about The Consulting Offer Season I, Lessons Learned, Best Practices and Advice for Subscribers To Use the Program in Their Case Interviews. What is “The Consu

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African Fellow to McKinsey Johannesburg

South African Emerging Fellow describes his Journey to McKinsey Johannesburg

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Interview with Felix

Felix is a 27 year-old PhD candidate at Yale and a candidate in Season One of “The Consulting Offer.” Felix discusses her experiences in the program. This interview was conducted at the end of ses

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List of all Cases

Please note that this is an approximate list. We sometimes remove, replace or update videos. Though this list will be 99% accurate. This is a list of all the case episodes of The Consulting Offer acro

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McKinsey Associate on avoiding hubris

McKinsey Associate develops a strategy for avoiding hubris

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McKinsey Associate develops a strategy for avoiding hubris

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McKinsey Business Analyst on being social

McKinsey Business Analyst learns not to be a social butterfly

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McKinsey Business Analyst learns not to be a social butterfly

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New McKinsey BTO Manager and the Content Trap

New McKinsey BTO manager highlights the dangers of trying to hide in technical comfort zone.

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New McKinsey BTO manager highlights the dangers of trying to hide in technical comfort zone.

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Candidate Video Diaries

Candidates kept a video diary of their every session. Watch and learn from it. 70 training sessions = 70 video diaries = 2 minute footage each. Before each session, a candidate must create a video dia

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BCG Europe Associate’s success in year 1

BCG London Associate discusses a strategy for succeeding in year 1

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BCG London Associate discusses a strategy for succeeding in year 1

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Partner Networking Emails

Learn how to network with partners; including the Managing Partner of a Big-3 firm. Networking is nuanced. We do not think a manual can be written for it. Each client is different and each interaction

Learn how to network with partners; including the Managing Partner of a Big-3 firm. Networking is nu

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Prescription for networking with BCG

Edward develops a prescription for networking with BCG and McKinsey

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Edward develops a prescription for networking with BCG and McKinsey

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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 th

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32 year old Yale Postdoc Pursuing McKinsey NYC

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1 Resume Edit

Session 1: Calibration Call and Resume Although we use the name Samantha below, Felix, Sanjeev and Rafik went through the same program. In her first session, a 60 minute calibration session, Samantha

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Experienced hire strategy for McKinsey London

Experienced hire discusses his preparation strategy for McKinsey London

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Experienced hire discusses his preparation strategy for McKinsey London

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3 Resume & Offices

Session 3: More work on the Resume & Office Strategy Samantha has now translated her resume into an understandable, quantitative and elegant format. It reads in a crisp and straightforward way whi

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27 yr old Yale PhD pursuing McKinsey Germany

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Euro MBA US economy crash-course into McKinsey

European MBA uses US economy crash-course to join McKinsey Boston

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European MBA uses US economy crash-course to join McKinsey Boston

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7 BCG, Profit

Session 7: Profitability Cases – BCG Approach In each training session, from this day onward, we will do a brainstorming case, estimation case and full case. It is vital to layer case difficulty. Wh

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Harvard Baker Scholar’s McKinsey Corp. Fin. Prep

Harvard Baker Scholar's McKinsey Corporate Finance Case Interview Preparation.

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Harvard Baker Scholar's McKinsey Corporate Finance Case Interview Preparation.

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