You’ve finally made the decision to go after that career in consulting. You started doing some research and you’re feeling more confident than ever!
You know what it takes to become a management consultant, but now you need to figure out how to actually land that job. This may seem like an insurmountable task at first glance. However, with proper preparation, strategy, and timing it doesn’t have to be!
Get Rid Of Your Fear And Embarrassment
You’re probably wondering how to land your dream job as a management consultant. Well, it all starts with getting rid of your fear and embarrassment.
As you may have noticed, I use the word “you” often in this article (and most of my other articles). That’s because I want to make sure that everyone reading this can relate to what I write about! You see, everyone has their own unique experiences and qualities.
One person might be better at speaking up than another person; another person might be more skilled at selling ideas; another person might be more patient when it comes time for things not going exactly according to plan…
So instead of asking yourself “How do they do that?” or comparing yourself with other people who either don’t share your strengths or who may not even be doing what you’re trying right now (if they’re even trying).
Focus on improving yourself by building upon your strengths and finding ways around any weaknesses so that they won’t hold you back from achieving success down the road.
Research Candidate Categories
As a management consultant, you’ll be working on behalf of clients to solve business problems and help them achieve their goals. To do this effectively, it’s important that you target the right companies and industries.
To begin your research, think about the types of companies that might have an interest in hiring management consultants.
The most obvious answer here is consultancies themselves they’re always looking for new recruits! However, there are also other types of businesses that often need consulting help:
- Companies with complex operations or diverse product lines (e.g., manufacturing plants)
- Start-ups or small businesses that want to grow but don’t have the resources yet (e.g., tech startups)
- Large organizations trying to streamline their processes (e.g., government agencies)
Research The Consulting Process
The consulting process is a journey that begins with research, continues with networking and interviewing, and ends with a job offer. This section will explain the steps of this process in detail so you can know what to expect.
In order to land your dream job as management consultant, you must understand the phases of the interview process.
Researching companies, products, services, and industries, is an ongoing task for every consultant.
It can be something as simple as reading industry news on LinkedIn or getting involved in social media conversations about current events related to your field of interest (like tweeting about politics or posting a blog post about how technology is impacting our lives).
Networking, and getting introduced through someone who knows someone who works at one of the top firms can do wonders for your candidacy!
But don’t stop there: Continue building relationships through professional organizations such as The Young Leaders Council (YLC) and other alumni groups from schools where you studied abroad or worked part-time jobs during college summers; also consider participating in events hosted by these organizations because they’re often held near offices where top talent sits!
Do The Reading!
Reading is a valuable skill. It helps you to learn more, and it also gives you a greater sense of the company’s culture. The most effective way to do this is by reading through their website and annual report, which are generally available on the company’s investor relations page.
Read through all of the press releases as well, since they will give you information about what’s going on at that particular organization at any given point in time.
If there are any 10-K or 10-Q filings available for download online (which there should be), then these would also be great places to start reading!
Become Social Media Savvy
Social media is a great way to network and get your name out there. It’s also a great way to stay connected with friends and family. Social media can help you keep up with what’s happening in the world and even create new opportunities for yourself.
You could use social media as a platform for showcasing your skills, knowledge, or interests which are all valuable assets that many companies look for when hiring consultants.
Practice A Lot
Practice a lot.
Practice answering questions, practicing in front of a mirror and practice with your friends and family members.
If possible, also get some experience interviewing people and asking them questions about their experiences, as well as getting feedback on your own performance.
Having this experience will help you understand what to expect from an interview and how prepared you need to be before going into one.
Study Other Interview Questions
Look at the types of questions you might be asked and how you would answer them.
You can find common interview questions in many places, including Glassdoor and other job sites, as well as on sites like Quora and Reddit.
If you’re looking for more specific advice on what will come up in interviews (and how to prepare), Glassdoor has a list of “common behavioral interview questions.” The site also provides tips on how to respond:
“What is your greatest weakness?” – This is one of the most common interview questions and probably one of the toughest ones to answer well.
You definitely want to avoid saying something negative about yourself or any personal attribute that could affect your ability to do the job well; instead focus on something that isn’t directly related to work but still highlights an area where improvement would be useful.
(e.g., if someone says he’s too impatient with people when they don’t understand what he’s trying to explain).
Find Out About Others’ Experiences
The next step is to do some research. You’ll want to learn as much as you can about the interview process, the interview questions and what it’s like to work at the company.
Ask others who have interviewed there for their experiences so that you can understand how the process works, what should be expected from each step and what might be different from other companies.
Think about how many rounds of interviews will be involved, when they’re scheduled and how long they last (an hour? 2 hours?). Does your potential employer have a standard list of questions or are they more customized?
Find out if there is a specific format that interviews follow: What part of each interview will take place over email or phone versus in person? Do all candidates get feedback after each round or only those who proceed forward?
Is feedback given privately or shared with everyone else interviewing for similar positions? If it’s shared with everyone else interviewing, does this mean that everyone knows which firms made offers when they receive them because all received feedback at once…
Or does it mean that only those who were not offered jobs know which ones did offer roles because feedback was given individually but not publicly broadcasted as such by either HR or management consulting departments alike?
Find Your Competitive Advantage
There are a couple of things that make you, as an individual, unique and different from your competition. These are:
- Your skills and experience
- Your personality
The first thing to do is to identify what makes you special in terms of skillset, background, and personality. Do you know the industry that can be valuable? Are there any other experiences or projects that shine through your resume?
Is there anything else about yourself that would make hiring managers want to hire you over another candidate? If there are things like this on your resume, it’s worth mentioning them specifically in interviews when asked about these factors.
Get Organized with A Spreadsheet
Spreadsheet. Use Microsoft Excel to keep track of every step you take in the application process. Start by creating a table with headings for each company, including their name and address, as well as columns labeled “Company Info,” “Deadline,” “Interview Date,” and so forth.
Put all of your information into this spreadsheet including copies of your resume and cover letters so that it’s easy to access when an employer needs it.
Calendar system. There’s nothing worse than having a deadline looming on your calendar but not knowing exactly when it is or what you’re supposed to be doing in order to meet it successfully (I’m looking at you, end-of-year tax deadlines!).
So use Google Calendar or another calendar app (like Cozi) to schedule important dates like interviews and meetings with potential employers; use reminders so that they don’t fall through the cracks!
To-do list system If there’s one thing we’ve learned from productivity experts over the years, it’s that making lists helps us get more done each day by ensuring that all our tasks are accounted for without falling between the cracks (or being forgotten).
But how do we keep track? We recommend using Trello; this tool allows users who are working together on projects or initiatives within an organization keep track of everything from ongoing projects happening at any given time.
So that everyone knows exactly where things stand at any given moment–without needing constant updates from team members about each step taken thus far during production/construction processes.”
Choose Which Types Of Consulting Firms To Apply For
Once you’ve determined that a career in management consulting is right for you and when it’s the right time to make the leap, it’s time to start applying. But which firms should you apply with? The answer depends on your skills and interests.
- If you’re interested in financial services, Bain & Company may be a good fit since they have worked with many banks and financial institutions over time.
- If healthcare is more of your thing, McKinsey & Company might be a good option since they have experience with various industries within this space (including pharmaceuticals).
- If technology companies are more up your alley, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited would likely be an ideal place for someone like yourself as well (they have focused mostly on software development).
In addition to these considerations, there are other factors worth considering when choosing which types of consulting firms to apply for. These include:
Improve Your Resume And Cover Letter As Much As Possible
- Make sure your resume is up to date.
- Make sure your resume is tailored to the position.
- Make sure your resume is well-written and easy to read, with no grammar or spelling mistakes (even if it’s not in English!).
- Formatting also matters you want a clean, professional look for your CV/resume that shows off both your skills and experience.
- So be careful about how you arrange everything on the page and make sure there are no distracting typos or weird formatting errors!
Send Applications Early In The Year. Even If It’s Late. It’s Never Too Late To Start
It’s never too late to start. I know it may seem like there is no chance, but the key is to send your applications early in the year.
Even if it’s out of the ordinary and you don’t see any results right away, keep sending them out, because they just might come back later on in life when you least expect them to!
My advice: don’t wait until next year or even a month before graduation. You need some time between applying and accepting an offer so that you can figure out which job offers make sense for your career path or whether something better comes along during that time period.
The sooner these decisions are made, the sooner they can get accepted by companies who need their employees ready by September 1st (or earlier).
Prepare For Your Interview Intensively, But Don’t Overstudy By Rereading Everything You Already Know. Pick A Few Points To Focus On And Practice It Beforehand With A Buddy Or In Front Of The Mirror. Be Confident About It. (You Got This!)
There’s nothing wrong with preparing for your interview. You should do it, and a lot of people don’t. But don’t over-prepare.
Don’t try to memorize every single thing you know about management consulting and how the industry works in case they ask you a question about something random like “the history of McKinsey”.
Instead, pick out one or two points that are most important to you and practice them intensely before the interview so that when your interviewer asks about them, you’re confident in your answer without having to think too hard about what comes next.
For example, if I was interviewing for a consulting job at BCG (Boston Consulting Group), I would focus on my personal story: why did I choose an MBA program? What was the deciding factor for me? Why did I want this career path?
And then when asked questions like: “What does leadership mean?” or “How would you describe yourself as a leader?”, etc., I’d be able to give concrete examples from my life experience where I led others (e.g., organizing study groups)
These tips are just the beginning. We hope they’ve helped you to get started on the right path to landing your dream job! Now, it’s time for you to take action and put these strategies into play by doing some research on different consulting firms and sending out some applications. Good luck!