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BCG Associate consultant interview

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Amrita MahaleFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Associate consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: "What do you think will be the demand for broadband connections in 5 years?"
  • Question 2: "An aluminium manufacturer wants to enter the multiplex business. What advice would you give him?"
  • Question 3: "Describe one academic project"
  • Question 4: "Why consultancy?"
Interview Experience
Answer 1) No numbers were expected, no knowledge of broadband technology was expected either. The key here was not just an increase in users, but also an increase in the number of uses. None of the established frameworks really helped. The interviewer was very helpful and gave me cues when I was not making progress.

Answer 2) Again, no numbers, no data. I thought I really screwed up this one. I asked the interviewer if I had missed out some aspect, and he told me where I had gone wrong. Then we discussed this aspect for about a minute or so.

Answer 3) Always try to pick something with practical/industrial applications
Round 2

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: "Cement manufacturer A wants to acquire cement manufacturer B. Does it make sense?"
  • Question 2: "I see lots of successes on your resume, tell me about your biggest failure?"
Interview Experience
Answer 1) The interviewer told me exactly what he expected…he told me the four departments he wanted me to look at. I was to check for ‘synergies’ or the potential benefits of the acquisition for these departments. This case was a lot of fun. (Thanks to the interviewer mainly). Luckily for me, he was highly impressed and he told me that a third interview would not be necessary. 

Answer 2) He also pointed out that I seemed to have dabbled in a lot of things, and discussed this for a long time. It was a two-way discussion, and was a very comfortable conversation. By the middle of this interview, I knew I had to join this company.
General Tips
Sleep well, wear comfortable footwear (Girls, please stash away those high heels for post-job treats and NOT interviews, they almost killed me), don’t starve yourself. If you have back-to-back interviews, sit down for a minute between interviews and take deep breaths, it really helps. Now let’s cut the chase and get to preparation



PPT : Attend PPTs of all the companies that you are interested in. It will give you a good idea of the kind of people you’ll work with, apart from the work itself. Stick around after the PPT and talk to your seniors who are working with the company. Wait for the pizza, there’s always enough for everyone.



Resume : Don’t try and squeeze in too much into your resume. Going by the experiences of my batch, I think companies looked for well-rounded individuals and not necessarily DR1’s or managers and CGs. Needless to say, do not lie or exaggerate. It is disgusting, and in most cases, it will be obvious too.



Interviews: Please don’t prepare answers to the last word, but think about some common questions: strengths/weaknesses (a little introspection never does any harm) and of course, “Why consulting?” (or analytics, etc). Go through your resume and think about what you have learnt from each experience.
Motivation for applying
A must for consultancies. Most seniors will have material on this. Don’t over-do this bit, but from personal experience, I can say that 3 days of case studies will do just fine. Do this in groups of 2 or 3. Don’t use any technical jargon/names of frameworks.
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BCG Associate interview

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JAYANT THATTEFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Associate role at BCG
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Resume shortlist for consulting companies is perhaps the most competitive among all firms and therefore, in the interest of meaningful utilization of time, it's best to start case study preparation only after the shortlist is out. There's typically little more than a month between then and placement day, which is more than enough to prepare for any interview.
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
To prepare for case study interview, all shortlisted candidates will form prep-groups.
It's good to have 2-3 students per group, but not more. 
It's a good idea to practice solving cases (a case, very crudely, is nothing but a business problem which some firm is facing and you are approached for guidance and suggestions) with different “interviewers”. This helps in getting feedback from different perspectives. 
I solved cases with my BCG (someone from within the firm assigned to help you in preparation), within my prep-group and also with few other shortlisted fellow students. I worked out maybe 10-12 cases in interview setting. This number varies from person to person.
Interview Tips
The idea is to practice till you gain confidence.
I used cases from Case In Point for the preparation. 
Other good sources include case study material of foreign business schools such as Wharton. But then again, time is a precious resource during placement semester. So, I didn't bother going through any source apart from Case In Point. Also, despite whatever people might say, 
solving cases requires nothing but logical thinking and some innovative thought at times. 
It is not required to mug up the frameworks (you will learn about this irritating word at a later point) and you also do not require any business knowledge to crack the interview.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
The personal interview part is not something to fret over. It is just meant to see whether you are an amicable person (read: someone who will be able to interact with the clients). 
As for preparation, just go over everything that you have written on your resume. You should be comfortable with talking for five minutes on any point in your resume. 
And, of course, think on the standard HR questions: 
Why consulting? 
Why this firm? 
What are your strength / weaknesses? And so on and so forth.
General Tips
Application process to company starts typically with a resume shortlist and therefore it is of utmost importance to write a good, impressive resume. 

A lot of people with great credentials fail to make this initial mark because their resume is poorly organized. It's good to have resume points, but it's equally important, if not more, to write them properly. Writing a perfect resume is an art that needs to be learnt.



Resume-writing is an iterative and time consuming process. 

So, best start a fortnight before deadline. Remember that it's a one-time effort. Once a good resume is ready, it can be used throughout the placement season with minor modifications. 

Do it once and do it correct. It took me about four or five iterations to end up with my final resume. It's a good idea to show the resume to lots of colleagues and seniors and challenge them to tear it down word-by-word.
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BCG Consultant internship interview

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Arjun BhaduriFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Lucknow for Consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why should BCG select you?
Interview Experience
Case:A cement manufacturer based out of East India has been seeing his prices in east India dip heavily in the past few months. Despite being the market leader, he seems to be unable to arrest the fall in prices. The aim as a consultant lies to raise the prices by 10% and find a strategy to make sure the prices do not fall so easily again.
Case analysis:
This was a very complex case with multiple problems and solutions with each having a different set of pros and cons. He wanted me to see the case from a simple
demand and supply point of view.
Structure:
The supply was overshooting demand in the market as a result of the actions of competitors. So the issue was also to do with the distributors in the middle and how brand consciousness would come into the scene. The structure could be simplified to a 2*2 matrix with price elasticity of demand and brand consciousness on the axes. The issue could be then simplified on the basis of the quadrant in focus.
Summary:

Overall, the issue was embedded in being able to use game theory with the distributor and play prices up and down at regular intervals. Another strategy was to enter into forward contracts.

Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
The interviewer was very calm and reassuring and that helped me build the conversation.
Case: A local taxi driver in Delhi wants to explore the possibility of signing a contract with a radio taxi service. Help him with his dilemma.
Analysis: This was a case that really tested your ability to think far and wide because the math was simple but the underlying logic could have been missed very easily.
Structure:
Used a simple revenue-cost structure for the pre and post radio taxi phase. Then tried to see if any of the key variables could be modified to come up with a different result.
Summary:
The case had two parts- one was the initial decision and the decision after changing a key variable.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: my tastes in food?
Interview Experience
The interview took off with a general discussion on football and tennis and we spoke about our favorite stars from each of them. More than anything else, this was an amazing conversation where I could speak without any fears and inhibitions.
Case: A life insurance company in Sri Lanka is losing out on market share. Where does the problem lie?
Analysis:
The case was a test of structure to see if you could create one with all the levers enlisted.
Structure:
The market share could be seen as a function of number of policies sold and the revenue per policy. The discussion would then carry on the aspect of number of policies. The number of policies itself would be a function of a number of factors, out of which one of them was creating an issue.
Summary:
The toxic area was something to do with the insurance policy salesman and the entire structure had to be panned out so as to get to that
Interview Tips
Be calm, logical and energetic. That is all you need to impress the interviewer.
General Tips
Be energetic.

Calmness and common sense are the key.
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BCG Consultant interview

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Nitima MalhotraExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: The Government of India has invited bids for purchasing 1 GW solar power inMultiples of 5MW. Our client is considering bidding for this project.Advice on how he should proceed?
Interview Experience
Q. What does our client do? Company was a manufacturing firm looking to build the plant and sell electricityQ. Does the client have a solar plant? No, the client has no current experience in Solar PowerQ. How much time will it take to build the plant?3-4 yearsQ. What is the life of my plant?30 years, govt will buy electricity for 30 yearsQ. How does government decide whom to allot?Project has to look technical feasible and financial terms Q. What kind of bidding takes place?First price Auction, lowest price wins
I started by indicating that the bid price would be dependent on the benefits and costs of the project as well as the competitive bid.The interviewer asked me to move ahead and discuss the benefits and costs. I first picked up the costing side of it and divided into fixed and variable. I was told that the capex was 17 crorers per MW. As soon as I had some numbers thrown on me I got a bit tensed, and thought that I would need to do some hard calculations. However, these numbers were thrown just to test if I could move ahead or be caught with numbers. As per the variable costs, I broke and listed all the expense such as direct material, direct labor, overheads, SG&A and depreciation etc. I then said that these costs would depend on the capacity of the plant. He asked me to elaborate on this topic and I said there would be effects of economies of scale and also the learning effect. He immediately asked me how learning curve would affect the costs. I told him thatthe learning curve would reduce the variable cost over time. I could see that he was happy with the answer and told me to proceed to the benefit side. On the benefits side, I said the amount I earn would be my cost X plus some margin y% over the cost. I also mentioned that competitive bids will impact how much I could expect on the bid price and mentioned that In such cases we usually look at old auctions or try to estimate the auction bid of other companies.
Interview Tips
he case wasn’t hard but because the interviewer was working on his laptop during the interview and often not looking at me, I felt he wasn’t impressed. It was only after 15 mins into the interview, that I could get the interviewers complete attention. This usually happens in a stress interview, and one should not get stressed. Just keep calm and follow the most exhaustive approach. Also, in this case I was occasionally bombarded by numbers and got distracted as to how I should deal with them. One should remember that sometimes numbers are just to confuse and distract the interviewee
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Yash asked me why I did Bachelors of Finance and not Engineering. He also asked me about my choice of taking up commerce. I realized that was only to build stress and see how I perform later in the interview later. He also asked my GMAT score, Having a score of below of 700 I felt a little uncomfortable as I thought the interviewer would already make an impression about my performance. I guess it didn’t matter afterwards as I went to the final round.
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BCG Consultant interview

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Anshumaan RaviExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: The 2018 world cup is going to be in Russia and FIFA comes to you asking for help on how to price for the media rights
Interview Experience
What was good: The PI went well despite the interviewer looking uninterested. I found out very soon that the interviewer liked sports and made sure I spoke about my interest in sports as well.What could be better: Nothing specific. It was a very unstructured case which was more conversational in nature
Interview Tips
I started by identifying all the sources of revenue for FIFA (Merchandising rights, Ticket sales and merchandise sales). I started by saying FIFA could price this product using any of the following 3 strategies:Cost + margin (Which is the minimum price that FIFA can charge)Revenue the media channel could earn by airing the event (Which is the maximum price that FIFA can charge)Price of previous world cup events or other large scale sporting events like the Olympics.The interviewer was extremely interested in the 3rdoption and asked me to explain it in greater detail. I explained how FIFA has the experience of pricing the event every 4 years. They can use the previous world cup in Brazil as a base and adjust for various factors like change in macro-economic levels that would drive disposable income, change in the location of the world cup (from brazil where football is widely followed to Russia), changes in other sources of revenue (potential drop in ticket sales or merchandise) and other changes in the tournament format. I also mentioned that FIFA could use the pricing strategy used for the Olympics as a reference.The interviewer seemed happy with what he had heard and said I would solve the case and that he wanted to test me with another short case, where he wanted to have a discussion with me and didn’t want me to write anything.Case 2: The client is in the travel space having multiple businesses in airline, tour operators, hotels, e-commerce website for travel, Hotel, etc. The CEO comes to you and says I have 2 ideas –Retail in Railways and Detective agency-which one should I pick. What advice would you give the client?Response: Scoping question: -Location of the business (India)-Client’s motivation to start new business (The CEO loves starting new businesses and wants to start a customerfacing business to build newbrand)-Targets for the new business (Wants fast growing and customer facing business)-What does retail on railway mean? Sell on the platform or sell in the train? (Selling snacks on the train and the platform)
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
I presume it was a stress interview. The interview seemed very uninterested initially and was mostly on his phone. He introduced himself to me and then asked me to introduce myself. He asked me for something that was not on my Resume and I spoke about ISL. He asked me the sports I played and gave me a case on FIFA
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BCG Associate consultant interview

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Himanshu PandeyFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Associate consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
My resume was shortlisted only twice but thankfully that was all I needed. First for Deutsche Bank (Corporate Finance summer internship, August 2013) and second for Boston Consulting Group (October 2014). I was confident about my academic interns, projects and position of responsibility. However, I was little bit unsure about my CPI which doesn't stand well among my peers. Overall, my experience for resume shortlisting has been plain and uneventful.
Interview Tips
In order to overcome this section, one can find the following advice useful:Your resume should convey a story about you. At least, you should be able to narrate a story about yourself during HR interviews. When I say 'story', it means that your resume points shouldn't contradict each other. For example, if you are/(show in your CV) a research oriented student, then every POR you took should be justified and shouldn't reflect that you were simultaneously interested in pursuing corporate career. There should be at least one pillar in the resume which can catch the interest of the interviewer (obviously during the short listing because I believe resume isn't of much use during the personal interview).Stringent Editing ( CV 101) - Minimize the blank spaces and resume should look ordered; Things important to you (Foreign internship/positions of responsibility/summer internship/publications) should be mentioned in the 1st half of the page. You can change the order of the heading (Scholastic Achievements/Position of responsibility/Summer Internships/Publications).If you have more than 2 points under a sections then it's better to use tabular presentation format i.e. use tables Usually, I have noticed in many shortlisted CVs that it would be beneficial to show your interest in particular subject either via 'Courses undertaken/Area of interest/Academic projects'.
Get your resume reviewed by at least 3-5 distinguished seniors excluding Placement cell guides etc. It is of utmost importance.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Case in point is best for Case study. Guesstimate problems can be easily found on internet. However, I learnt guesstimates from my wing mates and it was the shortest way to gain the knowledge
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BCG Consultant interview

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Gautam SubramaniExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: A global tools manufacturer is looking to increase revenues in the Indian market. Help them out.
Interview Experience
Main points of the discussion –Q. What are the segments of tools that they manufacture?Company manufactures hand tools and power tools.They are doing fine on the power tools segment but are lagging on the hand tools segment and want to expand there.Q. Who uses these hand tools? Can prices be increased?Hand tools are mostly used by professionals who work on a smaller scale (plumbers, carpenters etc). They are a price sensitive lot. The company already prices at a premium because of superior quality in terms of durability and efficiency.Q. If products are superior then why do professionals not adopt the company’s products?Is it a price thing/awareness thing etc (explore SoM, SoV, SoD)?Price is definitely a factor. Unlike the power tools segment, branding is not important in the hand tools segment. Q. Any scope of cutting prices thereby driving volume?Company has higher costs because of superior quality, so it is difficult for them to compete on price.Q.Although consumers are price sensitive, they are receptive to products that offer better value. We should find ways to communicate that to them through advertising or promotions at trade fairs.What about inorganic growth?Q. I feel inorganic growth dilutes the company’s value proposition which is offering a superior product at a marginally higher price. So I would not recommend it.
Interview Tips
The case was not hard; it just involved being structured so that all angles were covered. My takeaways at the end of the case were –1)Frameworks are important not only from the point of view of being exhaustive, but also in keeping you composed during the interview since it will seem familiar. This was my first interview of the day and I was all over the place. Change how you approach the case depending on your frame of mind at the time of the interview. I might have performed better if I had mechanically gone through the framework.2)Having said that, it is important to customize your solution to the industry you are dealing with. This is the only thing that can differentiate your answer from anyone else who also applies the framework well. If you reach a point where you are able to go through the framework while constantly linking it to the industry in discussion such that it does not seem like you are just reciting the framework, you are well-prepared.3)Have an opinion and back it with logic or data. During a case, you do not have access to the same level of information as a consultant on an assignment. So it is fine to have a different answer as long as you have a good reason for why you think so. I feel it is appreciated.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Heavy on casesInterviews were low on PI but there was a decent amount of general conversation
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BCG Consultant interview

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Darshil ShahExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: There is this big hospital and the hospital is running losses. Identify what would be the critical issues
Interview Experience
Started with the basic Revenues –Costs = profit framework. He asked me to concentrate on revenues. I identified the sources of revenues 1) Consulting 2) Surgeries 3) Lab 4) Pharmacy. He nodded and asked me to move on. I asked him if there was a revenue dip in any of these services to which he replied these are all related and hence the dip is across all services. I asked him about the competition. I asked him whether the competition is offering similar services and how does it charge for its services as compared to the hospital in question. He said “Competition doesn’t specializes in heart surgeries like our hospital. However, it performs all services and their pricing structure is different.I asked him if they were pricing services lower than us to which he replied “no”. He wanted me to think on what could be different in terms of prices. I told him that the structure of pricing is different and hence the hospital may have one fixed fee whereas the competition may have a base fee plus additional charges. The price may come out to be the same but people may perceive it to be cheaper. He appreciated my answer and asked me if I would change the structure of the Hospital in question.I replied that I wouldn’t change the structure. The hospital has a very strong brand and has been following this pricing structure since ages. If it seemingly makes it lower, there is a possibility that patients may come to know about this and its brand may get tarnished. I wasn’t too happy with how I defended but I defended nonetheless.He asked me if I had any questions and I really didn’t have any questions for him. Too tired and nervous to think of anything. However, it is very important to prepare questions for interviewers.
Interview Tips
1)PI is extremely important. It helps you to develop connect with the interviewer. Also it adds to your confidence. Be genuine about your PI.2)Always keep smiling and be very confident. More than the solution, the interviewer should get good vibes during the interview. Even if you falter, admit that you do not know and you would like to understand from the interview how it needs to be done.3)Be humble.4)Do not ask your colleagues about how their interview experience went. It will just add to your worries and you may end up losing confidence.5)The interview should be more like a conversation.6)Sleep well the night before, do not wait for the schedule. Get up early and check the schedule. Do one case which you are most confident about the day of the interview.7)Again keep smiling.
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BCG Consultant interview

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BhagyashreeExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
HR Interview Case Study Interview
Round 1

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Personal Interview.
Interview Experience
PI round was intense. He directly started asking me questions about the interviews with other firms. Then he asked me my pecking order within consulting firms and why BCG. No usual answer applicable to any consulting firm would satisfy him. He asked very specific questions about what would differentiate BCG from other consulting firms. Since I had a healthy interaction with my buddies and alums, they had helped me to clearly understand BCG’s competitive edge. This was crucial to answer this question.
Interview Tips
Cracking the case is very important. The first 1 or 2 interviews might not have any PI questions –just the case. The later interviews will start asking PI questions, but cases would still be asked.
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Our client is a solar energy producer who wants to bid for rate at which he can supply the energy. Prepare a bidding strategy for our client
Interview Experience
What all forms part of the bidding process? How does the bidding for energy take place?Has our client been in the energy production sector?Can we benchmark the rates with respect to the production in other countries.
This was the worst case for the day. The PI had been so intense that I was slightly nervous right at the beginning of the case. I drank water thrice in between and tried to gather myself, but somehow the response from the interviewer was also not supportive during the case. Clearly, the interview was close to a stress interview. However, I did manage to summarize whatever I had discussed and understood about the case and didn’t lose confidence till the end
Interview Tips
I would recommend look at the bidding processes for telecom and energy sectors in detail and understand what all parameters play a role. There are several of clients from these sectors with BCG and such cases are likely to come. My approach was very broad –conducting some cost-benefit analysis (which the interviewer said is irrelevant at that point of time –because fixed costs would be so high initially that the breakeven would be achieved very later down the line). We discussed how this should be treated as a long term project and the NPV of the project should be determined to understand the price we should be charging today. The interviewer wanted me to do calculations only as a secondary priority with the focus being more on explaining the process of calculation and concepts. Next, we discussed benchmarking –discussing which should be the appropriate countries to benchmark the energy generation processes against
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BCG Associate interview

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Dhruvin SavaliaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Associate role at BCG
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Case Study Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Your resume can only get you an interview. Beyond that, I guess everyone is on an equal footing. I believe that once shortlisted for a consulting interview, your CGPA and/or extracurricular achievements don’t matter so much that it can make your selection.
Interview Tips
Made a good resume (after dozens of iterations).
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: solve a case study
Interview Experience
I solved in 20 mins, all the while explaining to interviewer my thought process.
My 2nd, 3rd and 4th round of case interviewers did not spend any time on 'chit chat' and went on directly to give me a case.
Interview Tips
I believe what they were looking for was confidence, clarity of thought process, logical deduction at every stage of problem solving and poise, if and when you go wrong and realize your mistake. Case interviews are a simulated work environment; the interviewers will treat your performance as a proxy of how you would do in everyday consulting work. This includes checking for 'fit' or likeability.
There was not much time spent on discussing my resume and/or HR questions, so I should have been selected because I did the case studies well. However, please do not consider this as a reason to not bother about your resume at all. Consult interviewers may pick up any point/word on the resume and you do not want to be in a situation where you can’t explain/talk enough about what is asked. I had spent considerable time preparing for everything on my resume.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
It is necessary to understand the consulting interview process well, as there are specific traits which firms are looking for in future consultants and which they will definitely test through case interviews. I did so by practicing cases with friends and seniors working in consulting
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Vault guide,
  • Case in point,
General Tips
1. Made a good resume (after dozens of iterations) and knew it well

2. Prepared for HR questions, rather than just looking up answers online

3. Practiced GDs, did mock interviews as frequently as possible

4. Revised quant

5. Current affairs. And by that, I don’t mean just knowing what is going on, but having an opinion about all sorts of issues

6. Didn’t spend too much time after one particular sector/company. And got to know every company/sector's style of interviewing from seniors who are placed there. Attended all placement talks to understand what each company is looking for.
Funny Moments
I should have prepared core subjects, even though I was not too enthu about joining a core company. I interviewed with ITC, but did badly in the technical round and wasn’t called for a 2nd round of interview. Fortunately, things went well for me in the end so it did not matter.
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