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Duringthenextfewweeks,wewillbepublishingthediscussionsthatwehadwithsomeofourinterviewersabouttheselectionprocessattheirfirmsHereistheinterviewofoneofourBoozCompanyinterviewers,whodidhisMBAfromLondonBusinessSchool:InterviewBay:WhatisyourbackgroundIjoinedBoozAllenHamilton(nowBoozCo)aftercompletingalawdegreeDuringmystudies,IbecamelessandlessinterestedinactuallyworkingwithitForthetransitionintobusiness,consultingwastheperfectplacetostartbecauseothercorporatejobsdidn’tacceptlawgraduatesandconsultingfirmstookonanyonewhohadgoodgradesandwasabletopasstheirtoughinterviewprocessWhydidIquitintheendConsultingisnotmycallingIrealizethatIdon’treallyenjoybeingthrownintoanewsituationanddealingwithacomplexproblemImuchmoreenjoygettingreallydeepintoaparticulartopicandthendevelopingitAndasaconsultantyoudon’treallydothis,especiallyasajuniorAndIwouldbelyingifIsaidthatIenjoyedthehourworkweeksButoverallIthinktheexperiencewasgreatformeforthreeparticularreasons:•Ithinkespeciallyatthebeginningofyourcareer,yousetthebarhighforyourselfConsultantsare,onaverage,smarterandharderworkingthanyouraveragecorporateworkerbee,that’safactBeingsurroundedbysmartpeopleraisesyourownexpectationsonyourselfIcan’toveremphasizethispoint•It’sagreatwaytofindoutwhatyou’reinterestedinwhenyou’reoutofunianddon’treallyknowwhatyouwanttodoYoumovearoundvariousindustriesandfunctionalassignmentsandthusgetareallybroadexperiencebase•Thisiskindofanolowof()butit’ssoimportantthatit’sworthmentioningagain:Youreallyhoneyourcommunicationsskills–bothyourwrittenandverbalcommunicationgetsvastlybetterIstilldrawontherigoroustrainingIgotintermsofwritingcompellingpresentationsandemailsInterviewBay:WouldyousuggestanyspecialattentionforaconsultingCV,keywordsandthelikeYes,definitely•YourCVneedstobespotlessintermsofformattingandtyposDon’tshootyourselfinthefootanddostareatitforatleastanhourbeforeyouhitthatprintbutton•Also,makeitcrispandshortpageisthegoldenstandard•Whateveryoudidsofar,phraseitasachievementsEverybulletshouldstartwithanactionword“developed”,“started”,“sold”,“achieved”,“reorganized”etcMakeitclearwhatimpactyouhad•ConsultingfirmslookfortwothingsinCVs,I’dsay:Brainsandlikeability(contrarytofolklore,leadershipislessimportantbutofcoursedoesn’thurt)somakesureyoushowplentyofevidenceforbothYousurelyheardoftheairporttest–therecruiterneedstobecomfortablewiththeideaofbeingstuckwithyouatanairportforBoozandCompanyInterviewPreparationandTipshoursSoifyouhavemassiveachievementsinyourCVbutstatestockoptionstradingandreadingannualreportsasyourhobbiesandarethuslikelytoboreyourrecruiteroutofhismindduringofftime,youhaveaproblem•Iwouldn’trecommendanyparticularbuzzwords–letyourachievementsandinterestsspeakforthemselvesBeyourselfButthatsaid,ifthere’snopositiveeyebrowraiserwherearecruiterthinks“oh,nowthatsoundsinteresting”,youdon’thavemuchofachanceInmycaseIwasinvitedbecauseIspeaksixlanguages,participatedintwoModelUNevents(yeareallyIneverexpectedTHATtobeofinterestbutmanyinterviewerspickeduponit!)andsangintheViennaOperachoirasastudentjobYougottahavesomethingthatstandsoutfromthecrowdInterviewBay:HowdidyouprepareForcasestudies,Iusedthe“AceyourCase”WetFeetguides–theyaregreatvalueformoneyandhavetheadvantageoftakingyouthroughrealisticsoundingdialoguesStrongendorsement!MakesureyoucrunchthroughatLEASTcasestudiesyourselfandcasestudieswithsomeonegivingyouamockinterviewIhadmybrotherdoingitforme,butInterviewBaycanhelpwiththat,tooOtherwise,makesureyouknowyourCVvirtuallybyheartandtrytoanticipatequestionsonanythingyoudidItcangetquiteembarrassingifyou’restupefiedbyaquestiononadetailyouyourselfmentionedintheCVInterviewBay:WhatwouldIaskacandidateThreequestionsConsultinginterviewsareabouttwothings:FiguringoutattitudeandlikeabilityingeneralCVrelatedquestionsandtestingyourabilitytothinkfastunderpressureduringthecasestudiesSotakethesetwothingsandyou’llknowwhatkindofquestionsyou’llgetaskedInterviewBay:Threedosanddont’sduringtheinterviewprocessBigdos:•HaveanentrepreneurialattitudeThemajorityofpeoplehavewhatIcallthe“employeeattitude”–“Ishoweffortbutifitdoesn’twork,toughluckI’mpaidformytimeandIgohomeatpmandyoucan’taskmorefrommeIworktomakealiving”Theentrepreneurattitudeis“Idowhateverittakestomakethingshappenandaminterestedinresults,notineffortsIwanttodobigthingsandhaveanimpact”Ifyouhavetheemployeeattitude,consultingisnotforyouIfyoustillgivetheinterviewatry,makesureyouremployeeattitudedoesn’tshinethrough•Manageyourtimeincasestudies–often,yougetboggeddowninthedetailsofasideissueandthendon’thavetimetodealwiththebigpictureanddon’thaveallthefactstocomeupwithaconclusion•MakesureyouhavesomegenuinelyinterestingquestionstoasktheinterviewerDon’ttrytooverengineeriteitherbuttrytobeabitmoreinterestingthan“whatare,BoozandCompanyInterviewPreparationandTipsinyouropinion,thekeytrendsinthepharmaceuticalindustry”Thesethingsmakeyoustandout•Finally,trytosleepalotbeforetheinterviewdayYou’llneeditInterviewBay:Insummary,whatqualitiesdoyoulookforinaconsultant(selectioncriteria)Smarts,likeability,entrepreneurialmindset(inthatorder)InterviewBay:Tellusaboutyourlifeasaconsultant•It’sverymeritocratic,ifyou’resmartandworkhardyouwillgetrewarded•Yougettoworkonreallycomplexissues,soifintellectualstimulationisyourthing,you’reintherightspot•Makesureyou’reokwithhourssleepingduringtheweekandcanpulltheoccasionalallnighter•Consultingfirmsarekeentosendyouonprojectstoothercitieswhereyoudon’thavefriendssothatyouworkmore,somakesureyou’reokwithflying•HandlepressurewellSometimes,you’reunderdeadlinesthatarenerverackingAndyoudefinitelydon’twanttodisappointthepartner•Consultingisagreatentrytickettothecorporateworld–areputationofbrains,ambitionandreliabilityprecedesyouEnjoytheglory!BoozandCompanyInterviewPreparationandTips

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