Hi I am a junior at a target school. My main interest is in finance, investment banking. I applied to a lot of banking positions but due to the market I also applied to consulting ones. I happen to have received several investment banking superdays in the next week. I would rather not interview for consulting at all had I already had an ib offer, but unfortunately that means I'm goign to be interviewing for a bunch of consulting firms in the next several days. I was also very lucky in receiving the interviews, for I got every interview I applied to (monitor oliver wyman bain mckinsey...etc)
My begin in a couple of days, so I had planned to just read the guides. I know what consulting is, what people do, but my understanding is extremely shallow. I know that Bain told me my first round woud consist of several 30 minute cases, and I assume that my other interviews would be the same.
After flipping through the vault guide to this morning, I'm practically sick ot the stomach. There's no way I'm going to be able to understand everything in the next several days. For undergradate sumemr associate positions, am I expected to know about Porter's 5 forces, PIE, Swot analysis, seven Ss, 4Ps, 4Cs, 5Cs, value chain analysis, core competencies, the 2x2 matrix...etc. The list just goes on and on.
Given my short time period before (lets just say 24 hours), what's the best way to prepare for them? I have a solid background in accounting & finance and also am from a very quantitative background. Should I just practice and guesstimates, or should I spend my time focuses on advanced concepts such as SWOT?
Points)on 1/27/08 at 2:28pm