How To Prepare For Consulting Interviews - Practice Pays!

by Jaineel Aga

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Getting Consulting Jobs In India.

Read, read, and read some more.

Read about the consulting firms. Set up news alerts for companies like Bain, BCG, and Accenture. Read about the industry, and talk to people who work in it. Reading will give you the confidence to walk into an interview and know that you're going to do well.

Failures are your best teachers. You will experience them soon if you haven't already. Sometime in the spring semester in 2008, the financial crisis had begun showing its catastrophic outcome and I was interviewing with Monitor for my summer internship. I remember doing poorly on just one final case, and even though I did well on 3-4 other cases, I got dinged because of that one bad case. I didn't walk into that final round interview with too much confidence -  and it showed in the case that mattered.

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Read, read, and read some more.

Read about the consulting firms. Set up news alerts for companies like Bain, BCG, and Accenture. Read about the industry, and talk to people who work in it. Reading will give you the confidence to walk into an interview and know that you're going to do well.

Failures are your best teachers. You will experience them soon if you haven't already. Sometime in the spring semester in 2008, the financial crisis had begun showing its catastrophic outcome and I was interviewing with Monitor for my summer internship. I remember doing poorly on just one final case, and even though I did well on 3-4 other cases, I got dinged because of that one bad case. I didn't walk into that final round interview with too much confidence -  and it showed in the case that mattered.

The point here is that I didn't feel very prepared, and I wasn't confident about myself when I went in for that interview.

When I began interviewing for a full-time job, I walked into every consulting interview room beaming with confidence because I had read so much, practiced enough cases and felt like I understood what consulting was all about. This infused a new found confidence in me to be able to crack any case that came my way.
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