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Pearls of wisdom for the big MC case studies?

 
#1 Pearls of wisdom for the big MC case studies?
16/08/2006 16:45

Helpee to deleted (#0)

Hi,

I'm going for an entry level position, and i have read all of the formal advice, but wondered whether anyone might have seasoned advice for me (and others) who are going through case studies? Any would be a bonus.

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#2 RE: Pearls of wisdom for the big MC case studies?
16/08/2006 17:19

not a phd to Helpee (#1)

Well, it's quite difficult to know what you don't know already... Based on your post though, it seems you have READ everything there is to know. My advice would be to practise some case studies as well. The best way to do this would be to arrange a mock interview with a career councellor at your uni, or just ask a friend to act as the interviewer. Some companies also run case study evenings at unis (Deloitte, Bain) or as part of an open evening at their offices (McK used to do a group case study, don't know if they still run the sessions).

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#3 RE: Pearls of wisdom for the big MC case studies?
16/08/2006 18:22

Helpee to not a phd (#2)

Thanks! I've been practicing by talking to myself, and i have found myself a worthy opponent(!). My careers office is slow, especially during the holidays, but i'll try the consultancies you mentioned also.

Thanks again

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#4 Re: Pearls of wisdom for the big MC case studies?
16/08/2006 20:56

Beng

When I was still in B-school, I practiced case interviewing for about 2-3 hrs/week, every week for 9 months, with a few like-minded classmates prior to actual interviews. Unbelievable as it may sound now, every single person in my case practice group got more than one MC job offer. 2 went to McK, 3 went to Bain (one of whom turned down an offer from McK), 1 went to BCG, etc. Just like everything else in life, "practice makes perfect".

Note that I am not claiming that practice is all you need to get hired. But having sat on the "other" side of the interview table, there is something to be said about a candidate that can efficiently, insightfully, and impressive break down a complex and quantitative case in 45 minutes or less.

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#5 RE: Pearls of wisdom for the big MC case studies?
16/08/2006 22:02

Helpee to Beng (#4)

Beng,

I always enjoy reading your posts because you are so insightful you seem to embody what I have asked for in pearls of wisdom.

However, after having read that message, my mood is about as flat as a pancake.........

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#6 Re: Pearls of wisdom for the big MC case studies?
16/08/2006 22:32

Beng

Thanks for the compliment. I also really enjoy reading through everyone's posts because they remind of how I was back in the day.

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