Becoming a Strategy Consultant.
January 16, 2008 10:57 AM Subscribe
I'm almost finished with my Masters in International Business and have started sending out job applications to a number of companies, nearly all of which are involved in strategic consultancy. The top companies, quite understandably, are fiercely competitive. I know I have what it takes, but I want the best chance possible of showing them
posted by Zé Pequeno to Work & Money (9 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I've sent out applications to some of the most well known and respected companies across Europe and I've even received some invitations to attend interviews. These interviews are infamous amongst business school students for being especially tough and often rather obscure. For example, in one book, a would-be McKinsey employee is asked to calculate the weight of a jumbo jet; another was asked to estimate the number of firemen in New York City. Obviously, they are not interested in an accurate answer (if you were, by some strange quirk, able to answer such questions, they'd probably not want you anyway) but they do want to see some innovative, clever patterns of thought.
What I want to know is, how can I best prepare myself for this kind of grueling? Sat down in the comfort of my own home, I was able to think of many possible responses to such questions but I'm not sure I could do it in an interview situation.
I'm also interested in suggestions with regard to improving general numeracy. I am rather good at working out arithmetic in my head but, to my detriment, didn't listen well enough at school so some of the things you just HAVE TO LEARN passed me by. A great deal of toil here at business school has helped me catch up a lot, but still.
I look forward to your suggestions! Feel free to contact me through private message.