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Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2008, 06:48
Hi all,

There's some good information for banking in the stickies. Just wondering what the process is for consulting, especially the top firms? Can someone who has gone through the process tell us more?

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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2008, 12:27
Sure, what do you want to know?
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2008, 20:34
oh you know like pelihu's guide to recruiting for ibanks, in the stickies...long lengthy detailed account of exactly what happens step by step.

Experience from any school would be great, but I am also curious to see what the difference is between the process for M7 school vs a Top 15 school (which I will be attending). I supposed there are less events and less interview spots for Top 15?
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2008, 05:32
If you have any recommendations on preparing for case interviews that would be great too. Appreciate your insights.
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2008, 16:20
I'll try to write something up in the next few days.
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2008, 02:29
thanks rhyme. always helpful.
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2008, 15:25
rhyme wrote:
I'll try to write something up in the next few days.


Thanks in advance.
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2008, 21:12
I trust rhyme will write a more useful post with actual hints, but for easy reference the process (in chronological order) works as follows:

1) The consulting firms that recruit on campus begin the marketing (aka "stalking") as soon as the school allows them to. At some schools, this means day 1 while at others it means after the blackout period.

2) Marketing takes many forms, such as:
- They send you a binder with info on their firm and a letter listing your classmates which use to work at the firm, urging you to contact them.
- They fund cocktails or other gatherings through these students to promote interactions.
- They send both general and specific e-mails based on the clubs you joined or your career preferences as stated in the resume book, urging you to apply and/or contact their partners (or alumni from your school) at office XYZ.
- They organize conference calls with students and current employees.
- They organize lots of cocktails for you to meet people from the different offices. These cocktails are typically invite only, although if you keep in touch with classmates from each firm (and office), chances are you'll get invited to most.

(All the above- and much more- takes place before the application deadline)

3) Once you apply (typically through their website), and assuming they like your resume, they'll invite you to interview. Note that to apply you typically need to choose a specific office.

4) You go for first round interview. These almost always involve 1 or 2 cases and some other questions (why consulting, why firm XYZ, etc.). Some firms invite a lot of people to 1st round interviews and get really selective after that. Other firms are more selective in their 1st round invitations.

5) If you make it to the next round, you'll typically need to interview with a very senior person at the office where you will work.

6) If they like you, they make you an offer with a specific deadline.

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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 01 May 2008, 22:38
And how does gmat/gpa fit in with qualifying for the closed list in the above chronology of events?
Any thing/s one can do to boost their chances of making it to the closed list?
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 02 May 2008, 15:24
kk.iyer wrote:
And how does gmat/gpa fit in with qualifying for the closed list in the above chronology of events?
Any thing/s one can do to boost their chances of making it to the closed list?


Speaking with alumni from my school.
They said to me only approx 10% of people who applied to consulting where asked for their GMAT score!!!
There's a current alumni who is at a big4 consultancy with a GMAT of 650.

Basic premise is that a higher GMAT/GPA may make it easier to open some interview doors, but it's not a showstopper if you don't have high scores.
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 03 May 2008, 17:14
Will try to write up post tomorrow. Kind of buried at the moment with midterms.
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 04 May 2008, 06:49
Posted the beginning here: 108-p462858?t=63411#p462858
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 04 May 2008, 22:28
rhyme, could you give an overview of strengths and weaknesses of the top MC companies, namely: McKinsey, BCG, Bain, ATKearney, Booz Allen Hamilton from the point of view of the student who gained lots of info about those companies beyond the one offered by Vault :) ?

Is the compensation equal at all the top companies and if it's different, how big is the margin?

What is the required language proficiency for working at international offices?

I'm interested in the supply chain, international manufacturing placement, operations, optimization of business processes. Industries of interest - automotive and high-tech, they are getting tied with each other nowadays. For the present moment I feel that the closest companies to my goals are McKinsey and ATKearney, locations - Detroit and Cleveland (?), Canada/Toronto, Moscow, Milan (have to think about this one). What do you think about the choices?
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Re: Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2013, 00:39
Rhyme, thanks for all the information. Would you be able to comment on the geographical mobility that the big 3 will give their consultants... for example, I want to go to Hong Kong and I am a Mckinsey consultant in the US. Do I need to have a good reason for this or is it quite flexible?
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