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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 06:24
Outstanding post ... for those interested in more case prep resources ... drop me a line. I have a ton of stuff I am happy to share.

Rhyme - thanks for the insight ... one question for you though.

Did folks with previous MC experience with non McK/BCG/Bain firms get offers from the top 3 places?
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 07:59
Great post Rhyme. Kudos!
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 09:49
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Did folks with previous MC experience with non McK/BCG/Bain firms get offers from the top 3 places?


Correlation(Previous MC Experience, Big 3 Offer) = 0

Really - its all over the board.
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 09:56
ok I am glad that at least there isnt a negative correlation!! :-D

I had heard something along the lines of ... if you worked at DT/EY/KPMG/PwC then you have no shot at Big 3 post MBA. They dont want to retrain you ... so that is encouraging from my perspective!


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sm332 wrote:
Did folks with previous MC experience with non McK/BCG/Bain firms get offers from the top 3 places?


Correlation(Previous MC Experience, Big 3 Offer) = 0

Really - its all over the board.

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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 05 May 2008, 22:05
That's one gem of a post Rhyme :ninja ...Kudos!
I look forward to reading follow-up posts on MC schmoozing and such...

I still wonder how you manage to get so much done in a single day...now that GTA is taking up "some" of your time.
Maybe you should top it all with a guide to time mgmt when in school.... :lol:
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 06 May 2008, 02:04
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I've always thought Supply chain and operations stuff was kind of boring, and the automotive industry is a razor-thin margin industry thats under a lot of duress, so I stayed away from those too. So.... I really don't know -- but certainly, yes, Detroit is the "mega car hub" of the US.

That said, given what you want to do though, you might want to look at PRTM - I'm pretty sure they specialize in supply chain and the like. Kearney is certainly a good fit for that kind of work too, and for what its worth, the guys I met at Kearney were all really nice.

rhyme, thanks for the advice! If it's not a secret, what are the industries you're interested in?
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 06 May 2008, 21:41
Good stuff. Kudos!

When i saw that museum question, the first thing i though about was the Japanese way of doing things.. Organised routes and tours... Don't give the customers an option to pick their path.. Lead them round in a single specific pathway :-D
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 08 May 2008, 07:40
rhyme, another great post! Shall keep in mind your advice not to let new opportunities/argumentations get me off the chosen track :) Recall a story of my friend who came to Ross and took a concentration in international business, while all his mates totally disagreed with his choice, because the international market was down a bit (2003), nobody saw any career opportunities in this field. But he was telling this story while sitting at a Russian cafe having come for iMAP project. Then, he had a great internship in MC traveling around the world and then spent a year on fabulous international projects. So, that's really true - when you know what you love most in your life, you'll have opportunities to do this.
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 12 May 2008, 12:09
came across these on BW...thought it was interesting, although I dunno how genuine the numbers being quoted are..

The guy claims to be a Mck employee...
http://forums.businessweek.com/n/pfx/fo ... &tid=75913
http://forums.businessweek.com/n/pfx/fo ... &tid=75785

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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 13 May 2008, 10:26
Well he is quoting the % of grads who end up in MBB out of the grads who end up in consulting. This is pretty accurate I think.

I have no idea about the second piece.


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came across these on BW...thought it was interesting, although I dunno how genuine the numbers being quoted are..

The guy claims to be a Mck employee...
http://forums.businessweek.com/n/pfx/fo ... &tid=75913
http://forums.businessweek.com/n/pfx/fo ... &tid=75785

Comments?....Rhyme...others?
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 15 May 2008, 21:39
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rhyme, another great post! Shall keep in mind your advice not to let new opportunities/argumentations get me off the chosen track :) Recall a story of my friend who came to Ross and took a concentration in international business, while all his mates totally disagreed with his choice, because the international market was down a bit (2003), nobody saw any career opportunities in this field. But he was telling this story while sitting at a Russian cafe having come for iMAP project. Then, he had a great internship in MC traveling around the world and then spent a year on fabulous international projects. So, that's really true - when you know what you love most in your life, you'll have opportunities to do this.


i want to back up what rhyme said about the herd. Even I ended up dropping for one consulting firm. they chased me and i thought what the hell. I didn't get too far and didn't put much time in, and i'm glad for the experience. but my point is that if i can get sucked in, ANYONE can. I have one friend who sorta screwed up his recruiting by throwing himself on the mc wagon. He finally landed something, but it's not a particularly strategic move.
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 16 May 2008, 01:00
To Rhyme and other folks who went through the MC process....how much do they care about undergrad GPA?
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 16 May 2008, 07:53
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That said, a lot of online MC applications required you to input undergrad GPA, but it never came back up. I think it was just part of their default online application process.


ditto. btw, they also ask for your damned ACT/SAT scores, with breakdowns. WTF? my advice is to dig that stuff out now. It can take some time, so you'll save some frustration and $$$ if you do it now.
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 16 May 2008, 12:46
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rhyme wrote:

That said, a lot of online MC applications required you to input undergrad GPA, but it never came back up. I think it was just part of their default online application process.


ditto. btw, they also ask for your damned ACT/SAT scores, with breakdowns. WTF? my advice is to dig that stuff out now. It can take some time, so you'll save some frustration and $$$ if you do it now.


True. I had that pop up once too. I just left it blank.
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 16 May 2008, 13:28
And there I was...a year ago..thinking the GMAT will only have an impact on me getting into a school... :shock:

Haha...I think pretty soon it's gonna be important to tell kids in school to get better grades and have documentation ready if they want to break into MC..

I wonder if they really use such old information to differentiate candidates or ask for it just because....

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ditto. btw, they also ask for your damned ACT/SAT scores, with breakdowns. WTF? my advice is to dig that stuff out now. It can take some time, so you'll save some frustration and $$$ if you do it now.
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 00:23
To Rhyme and Audedat

I have been invited to the newly admitted students summer recruiting event at McKinsey, at one of their international offices. They required you to register online. Not surprisingly, they require you to input the undergrad GPA. What do you think I should do? It's a great networking opportunity, but I hope I will not be put on some GPA blacklist for future internship and FT events/interviews once I get to school....what do you guys think?

Anyone else care to chip in their views regarding how undergrad GPA affects MC recruitment?
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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 05:32
the more they know and like you, the less those impersonal benchmarks - like ug gpa - will matter.

i would just fill it out and go. they'll find out eventually anyway. and the invite-only events don't start until later in the fall semester.

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To Rhyme and Audedat

I have been invited to the newly admitted students summer recruiting event at McKinsey, at one of their international offices. They required you to register online. Not surprisingly, they require you to input the undergrad GPA. What do you think I should do? It's a great networking opportunity, but I hope I will not be put on some GPA blacklist for future internship and FT events/interviews once I get to school....what do you guys think?

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Re: Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 23 May 2008, 02:11
Thanks guys, very helpful. I will go to the event and see what's up.
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Re: Rhyme's Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 08:22
Great Post Ryme !!!! Kudos..

I had an interview with McKinsey in India last year .. (they take very few undergraduates from good colleges in India, but its very tough to get selected). there was a case study for Airports (similar to your museum story) and i blew it big time...... I wish i had seen this post earlier.....
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Re: Rhyme's Guide to Management Consulting Recruiting [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 19:10
Has anyone ever interviewed with Booz and if so how did it go?
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