Bureau of Labor Statistics: Consulting
Interview Sample Videos:
- AT Kearney
- Bain & Company
- The Boston Consulting Group
- Cambridge Associates
- Ernst & Young
- IBM Global Business Services
- Gartner Inc.
- Hewitt Associates
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- KPMG LLP
- L.E.K. Consulting
- McKinsey & Company
- Mercer LLC
- Monitor Deloitte
- NERA Economic Consulting
- OC&C Strategy Consultants
- Oliver Wyman
- The Parthenon Group
- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC
- Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
- Towers Perrin
- ZS Associates
- What is Consulting »»
- Is Consulting Right for You »»
- How to get a Job as a Consultant »»
- How to Break into the Management Consulting Industry »»
- Job Satisfaction at Top Consulting Firms »»
- Interview Guides:
- Consulting Success
- Interesting Consulting Moments (David Fields)
- Consulting Matters (Betsy Jordan)
- Chad’s Blog
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- Deloitte Management Consulting Jobs
- Gartner Jobs
- Huron Jobs
- Careers and Jobs LEK Consulting
- AIM Consulting Careers
- Working Nomads: Remote Consulting Jobs
- Citrix Professional Services/ Consulting
- Parexel Consulting Job Search
- McKinsey & Company Careers
- Consulting Magazine
- Careers in Consulting
- Prep Lounge – sample cases and tips
- Quintessential Careers – more case interview strategy
- You can also search online for 'Wharton Case Book' or 'Sloan Case Book' to get more sample cases.
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Interview Preparation & Case Partners
The consulting interview process consists of two parts: the personal experience interview and the business case portion. The personal experience interview consists of a “get to know” conversation including questions about your resume, motivations to become a consultant, strengths, experiences working in teams, and many other possible scenarios. The case portion of the interview consists of the interviewer presenting a business problem, often one the consultant has actually faced, to consider.
During the case portion (often 75% of a 30 minute to 1 hour interview) interviewees are expected to logically, creatively, and in a structured manner describe how they would approach the problem. While problem solving skills and the ability to present logical arguments and hypotheses are skills that Ph.D., masters, law degree, and medical degree students have in spades, the ability to think on the spot and coherently address issues relevant to businesses takes practice.
There are a few general suggestions from alumni to consider when preparing for the interview:
1) Do not neglect preparing for the personal interview section of the interview. While performing well on the case is a necessary component of getting a job, it is not a sufficient criteria. Interviewees should come prepared to answer the commonly asked interview questions with stories that demonstrate the interviewee’s key abilities and achievements.
2) When interviews come, there are often up to five in one day so be prepared to spend many hours each week for the months preceding interviews practicing and building stamina. A benchmark is to practice cases with a partner (NEVER ALONE) 3-5 times per week for two months before interviews.
3) When applying for firms, remember that consulting jobs are very difficult to land. However, with enough determination, enough preparation, enough networking with companies, and by spreading your job search net wide you will be able to enter this exciting industry.
To get started, the CareerLAB suggests getting a free subcription to Victor Cheng's Case Interview listserv. This is a fantastic resource as you begin your interview preparation.
In addition, the CareerLAB has secured a subscription for all Brown University students and alums to Marc Cosentino's Case Questions Five Hour Training. PLEASE EMAIL [email protected] FOR THE REQUIRED PASSWORD TO THIS RESOURCE.
Please keep in mind that the Five Hour Training is only a starting point. We recommend viewing videos on youtube for tips on how to succeed in a case interview and practicing with a case partner. Some examples of videos are listed above in Learning Materials.
Also check out Victor Cheng's Case Interview Workshop on YouTube
To find a case practice partner at Brown, sign up and search this google doc (for current Brown University students only)
- 1997, The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. , Consultant, Anthropology
- 2012, Microsoft Corporation, Consultant, Engineering
- 2011, Deloitte & Consulting, Consultant, International Relations
- 2014, Turner & Townsend, Consultant, Economics
- 2012, Bain & Company, Consultant, Applied Mathematics- Economics
Visit Brown Connect for more consulting alumni examples.
Target Audience Resource
- Top Consulting Firms for Diversity
- McKinsey and Company Inclusion and Diversity
- Deloitte NextGen Leaders
- The Society of Professional Consultants
- Institute of Management Consultants
- International Association of Registered Financial Consultants
- Professional and Technical Consultants Association
- International Council of Management Consulting Institutes
- Institute of Management Consultants
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