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Interviews

 
#1 Interviews
06/08/2001 00:00

Anon

Can anyone provide web-sites, information etc. about interview techniques?

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#2 Re: Interviews
10/08/2001 00:00

Ian Tomisson

Try Management Consulting Appointments web site on mca-jobs.com with specific tips for interviews in the management consulting sector (as well as how to prepare a CV to get that interview in the first place!). For general interview tips, albeit in good old-fashioned book format, a current best seller is "Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions" published by Kogan Page. I am sure Amazon will do you a good price on that.

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#3 RE: Interviews
27/03/2012 15:48

The advisor to Anon (#1)

Hey Anon,

Your typical Consulting interview will usually have a personality component and a case study.

Traditional “personality fit”

1- Introducing yourself

2- Answering to the classic “why consulting” and “why our firm”

3- Offering examples that demonstrate your personal experience with a given issue

4- Giving examples where you contributed positively to a group’s mission

5- Telling stories that relate your job history with the position you seek

6- Resume-specific questions about your work experience

7- The interviewer offers some additional information about the company

8- It’s your turn to ask questions about the company

Essentially, the interviewer wants to know that you know what being a consultant is about and that you are willing to embrace the lifestyle, long hours and the actual job.

Case Interview

This is the part that requires serious preparation. A case interview is essentially a word problem based on a real-life (or simulated) consulting situation. Thus, the interviewer might say, “Suppose a client comes to you and says, ‘We’re thinking about going into the pet food business, and we want you to tell us what to do.’ What should you tell her?”

Cases come in all shapes and sizes, from the simple, straightforward question designed to see how you think about a problem, to the highly complex business strategy issue. However, they all have one thing in common: They test your analytical abilities. They show your resourcefulness, how you think about problems, and ultimately, your aptitude for consulting.Here is an article that will get you started to inform you and get ready for your consulting interviews.

More advises here: http://www.consultingcafe.com/articles/getting-a-job-in-consulting

I would also advise purchasing Cosentino's book - Certainly helped me landing my job.

Best of luck to all the soon-to-be consultant newbies

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