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WSO Hall of Fame: Consulting Forum The Wall Street Oasis Consulting Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best discussions on the consulting industry. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To view a full list of Q&A’s & Interviews please navigate here. If ...
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Leaving MBB to join Uber as Ops ManagerHi all, I would really appreciate your advice on a question I am facing: should I quit my MBB consulting role to join Uber as an Operations Manager in a new city they are launching? My background: I am currently a junior at an MBB ( joined 2-3 years ago), located in an emerging markets country an...
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Company Interview: Deloitte - Consulting Analyst - TechnologyThe proposal making round is very unexpected and very tough. you are given a scenario that you client is a blablabla company and what problems they are facing, and why they find your company, and ask you to make a PPT proposal within 2 hour, to propose to the client. You need to understand the busin...
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Should I push a company to make a decision ? HELP!!Hi, I'm a junior at a Canadian university. I'm currently working part time in a boutique investment bank during the school year, however, my current MD wants me to let him know whether I'd like to work for him for this summer or not. My situation is that I'm still waiting to hear from a corporate st...
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IBM (Investment Banking Consultant) vs Fund Management vs IBHello guys, Hope you are doing well, I have some questions to ask you about the right decision to make, Fist of all, I'm already 28 years old and a lot of internship experience. In brief, my resume is like that : MSc French Top 3 - Business Project Management (Not Grande Ecole Program) - Good G...
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Econ Consulting or F500 for MBB FT Recruiting?I'm wondering what would best position me for MBB FT recruiting. I am deciding between offers at a blue chip F200 firm (in their strategic finance dpt) and at a top econ consulting firm (think AG/Cornerstone/NERA/Bates White). I'm at a target west coast school. It seems like the consensus on the f...
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HOW?? Big 4 back office to FT consulting roleHey, First post ever. Junior at UCLA/USC/Cal. This summer, I'll be interning at Big4 as Project Analyst in the consulting division. While I'm super happy to have my foot in the door at my firm, I'm not incredibly excited about my back office role, which is essentially budgeting/forecasting consult...
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AMA: Former Strategy& associateHey all, long-time lurker on WSO who worked at Strategy& for 2 years and wanted to give back using a throwaway account. A bit about me: graduated from target undergraduate school, interned at Strategy&, and returned full-time post-graduation. I did projects across a number of industries and issue ar...
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Do I even have a chance?I'm an engineer in automotive 6.5 years experience. Growth is too slow and and there are a lot of things I don't like about my future even though I'm on the standard path to "climbing the ladder". I need a change. I have a bachelors of mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Except ...
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Breaking into Consulting through a lower tier firmHi there, I'm a junior in college now, and I'm looking for an internship in consulting this upcoming summer. As my GPA isn't stellar, I'm probably (or definitely) not qualified for MBB or any of the top tier firms. Just wanted to know if the mid to lower tier consulting firms (think Big 4 outsid...
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AMA: I was a consultant and interviewer at McKinseyI spent 5 years working as an innovation strategy consultant at McKinsey in the Montreal office. During that time I worked on projects around the world on a wide range of innovation-related subjects. I also interviewed many applicants for associate and analyst roles in Canada and elsewhere. I'm now...
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Work Options Before Re-ApplyingI recently got to the final round of two MBBs as an experienced hire and was dinged for both. I was clunky on one case during one interview and basically got beat out in the other (interviewer was candid in his feedback that I just got beat out by a better resume). On the bright side both invited me...
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Company Review: Deloitte - Average Deloitte consultant experienceGreat mentors and colleagues (friends that I've had long after I've left the company). Variety of different projects across a lot of different industries.. Staffing is a nightmare if you don't become a favorite of Senior Managers or Partners. Impact of extracurricular activities is hard to quantify ...
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AMA: Re-applying to MBB and getting an offerHi! I have been lurking around WSO for quite a while now, so I figured it was time to make a contribution to the site myself now that I actually have something interesting to talk about. Anyways, here it goes: Quick backstory: Western European guy, studied in my home country (at a national target f...
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Company Review: KPMG - Great Firmspectacular company spectacular clients spectacular employees spectacular work life balance spectacular benefits. I have nothing bad to say. I have nothing bad to say. I have nothing bad to say. I have nothing bad to say....
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Looking for Case Partner(s)I'm looking to try to practice some cases over Skype for recruitment next Fall if anyone would be interested. I've done a number of cases last fall but looking to get back into practice. Please PM me if you're interested. Undergrad or MBA...
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Junior PWM Internship to Full-Time MBB? Hi everyone! Brand new to WSO :) How easy would it be to transition from junior PWM internships to full-time MBB? I have an offer from BAML SF and hope to get into MBB SF full-time, preferably Bain. More background: 1) Junior, Target school, 3.7/4.0 GPA, Economics with some on-campus consulting ex...
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AMA: MBB, BB S&T+IB, Top MBA, US/GlobalBeen on WSO for ages (10+ years) and asked Andy to let me do this AMA with a fresh username so I can focus on giving the most helpful answers without any baggage. I've benefited a lot from WSO, and I want to give back in the form of a parting AMA. **Main act:** Ask Me Anything, because I’ve don...
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What are my chances at MBB + Tier 2 firms with no business background?Rising senior at a public target/semi target (think Berkeley, UMich, etc). Majoring in Chemical Biology and minoring in Computer Science. GPA is 3.55, SAT is 2400 (lol). No business background as I was originally planning on going into the biotech/pharma industries after a PhD. No business/finance c...
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Company Interview: FTI Consulting - FTI Consulting Office of CFO Solutions Summer InternThey asked a lot cultural-fit questions. Just any behavioral questions you could expect. For example, 1. tell me a time when you work with people who are hard to work with 2. what motivates you 3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years I had two phone interviews in a row, and the second interviewe...
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Will working in asia benefit or hinder MBA admissions?Hi WSO, Currently an analyst at a Canadian Big4's consulting wing. Have a chance to move to a Tier2 (OW, LEK, S&, ATK) in a major asian city (HK, Shanghai, SP). Long term goals are to do an M7 MBA. Would this move benefit me at all for admissions or am I better to stay put? Thanks...
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How to start business management career?Hi, I have completed my post graduation in last year and looking my career in consultant. Anyone can help me to get start my career in this respective field. Looking your opinion. Many Thanks!!...
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Big 4 Consulting to Top 10 MBAHi everyone, I know there are some previous discussions on this topic but wanted to get an idea of the chances of getting in to a top 10 MBA from Big 4 Management Consulting. From reading previous posts it seems that it is rare. Is there anyone here who has gotten into a top 10 MBA program from a B...
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Deloitte New Op Model (S&O Service Area Removed)SIAP, I wanted to gauge everyone's opinion on Deloitte's new Op Model which is removing S&O as a service area. My understanding is that "S&O" resources will be split among the new offering portfolios. While the new "Strategy & Analytics" offering will included some traditional strategy resources and...
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AMA: MBB Manager Continental EuropeHey everyone! Thought I'd do a quick AMA with this throwaway account. Currently employed at a north/western European office of one of MBB at the manager level. Would love to discuss the European consulting space for those interested (most discussions seem to focus on the US/UK so thought this might ...
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How to get over burnoutI guess this goes out to the more senior people on this board who have experienced burnout before. I have been working 100+ hour weeks for over 3 years so far, but recently I have become burnt out. I have lost my desire for anything and everything. I have no desire to work, make money, go out, buy...
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Humanities/Social Science MA from HYPS Recruiting into MBB or Big4 Possibilities? Hi Everyone, this is my first post here so please be kind So I'm a senior at a non-target (top 30 liberal arts school on the East Coast) double majoring in a social science and humanities field (think IR or Government, and a language). I just got into one of the HYPS schools for a 2 year master's p...
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Can you apply to BOTH McK Insights AND their consulting positions?Hi, I have gotten mixed and unclear answers from people at McK about this. I am wondering if you could apply to both their Insights program and as a regular consultant (I'd be applying as an APD candidate). I have read and heard that you can only apply to one position a year. However, I have also h...
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Company Interview: KPMG - KPMG Product Operations and Procurement InternThere were two interviews. Both were behavioral interviews (surprised there was no case) with two different partners lasting about 30 minutes each. I am not sure if this was a good cop/bad cop play but the first partner was significantly more interested in my technical skills and was overall a muc...
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Company Review: Deloitte - SatisfiedDeloitte has been an outstanding place to start a career. It has provided me with the opportunities to grow and have the work life balance I desire. I love the Deloitte culture and the importance we put on making and creating a network. . Right now, I honestly don't have to many cons. Our compensat...
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Interview with McKinsey - Experienced hire routeMy interview process at McKinsey has begun. I am expecting a phone screening, a case coaching session, an interview round with Principals followed by an interview round with partners (if all goes well). Anyone has any insights on what to expect? Any form tips/suggestions are appreciated. I am going ...
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What do I expect in a McKinsey Case Coaching Session?Are there any do's and don'ts? Any other insights?...
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RSM LLC Tech. and Management Consulting Practice (Formerly known as Mcgladrey) I was recently offered a position with RSM (Boston) for their Technology and Management consulting Practice. I was familiar with the company as an accounting firm, but the MC practice is new, and I would like some input about: type of projects, prestige, how this firms looks for Business School, tra...
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Company Review: ZS Associates - ZS InternshipGreat culture. Cool people, very young environment. The political landscape is very flat, and have a lot of access to higher ups when needed.. Not widely known outside of the healthcare industry, might be detrimental to exit opportunities to FT recruiting or jumping from job to job....
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How do you stay organized at work (both in general and on action item lists)?Hi monkeys! Thanks for stopping by. Some context: I recruited into management consulting right after college, and remained there for 3-4 across 2 different firms. I recently made the jump to a small private equity shop. I've never been the most organized person, and that has become more and more a...
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Company Review: Deloitte - Deloitte tech internRecruiting process was easy, quick ,and stress free. HR was very transparent when setting up activities and managers were very approachable. Pay wasn't that high and difficult to find safe and cheap housing. Could have offered a housing stipend ...
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Company Interview: Mission Measurement - Research AnalystThe case involved figuring out how many people in Chicago were sent flowers on Valentine's day. They asked difficult follow-up questions on the case, probing for your problem-solving and analytical skills. It was difficult because it was unexpected, and I had chosen numbers that were difficult to ru...
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My View on the Current Top 10 Strategy Consulting FirmsThis is my take, and I've included some basic commentary about why I've listed certain firms in certain places. I'm definitely interested in hearing what people think, but before I give the list I offer two disclaimers: 1. This is what I think the landscape CURRENTLY looks like. 5 or 10 years ago I...
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Company Review: Accenture - This is OKWork life balance can be a real thing that the management team should be glad we are able to do for them. low 401k plan always makes me want to invest in my personal IRA instead of the company 401k plan as much...
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Company Interview: Altman Vilandrie & Co - Summer AnalystOne of the cases about Google fiber was difficult, as the interviewer herself failed to explain the business clearly in the first part and didn't leave much time for analysis and questions. I was confused about the business's customers and suppliers and its difference with cables already deployed on...
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Company Review: Deloitte - Great place to start a careerGreat onboarding process, clear expectations, great continued learning and training. Open seating which helped with ongoing learning by talking to coworkers. If you get stuck under one senior manager, it's hard to break away, which is great if they're an awesome leader, but can become stifling if th...
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Company Review: Accenture - Accenture Tech Consulting ReviewAccenture has a large focus on implementation and if that is your thing Accenture is a great place to be. . Less strategic oriented projects that a lot of people gun for. Strategy projects are generally reserved for ACN Strategy folks. It's tough to network in, but if you hustle you can get yourself...
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Company Review: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - BCG AssociateGood opportunity to work with smart people. Strong internal development program and knowledge base of information. If you like to learn there is plenty of opportunity to do that.. In the early years there is relatively little flexibility to decide which projects you would like to work on. Depending ...
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Profile Building: Chicago Business Scholars Program or Strategy Summer Internship in China? Hey guys, I'm looking to do a 2-year MiM in Europe next year with an eye on consulting upon graduation (aiming for T2 with MBB reach). Main obstacle in that regard is probably that I have had limited business and no consulting internships as of yet, but I have done several corporate-related legal ...
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Does Mbb check every employer on your resume?I’ve recently been offered a position at an MBB... not in a consulting role but in a support role for another department. I am about to start the background process and wondering what to expect. Do you fill out forms online with previous employer contact details etc or speak to hr? Do they check b...
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Strategy for top tier applicationsDear WSO, This late summer I'll start applying to top tier consultancies. I performed poorly in my undergraduate studies in finance at a mid-level uni in my home country (not overly well renowned and def not target school). Scored 690 on the GMAT and entered a top european business school for maste...
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Company Review: LEK Consulting - ConsultantPolicies aim to make working at the company sustainable long term. The people work very hard but try to be very helpful as well.. Less office locations than other large firms. The firm only really recruits from a small set of schools which I did not come from so getting into the firm is very hard....
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Company Review: Accenture - Satisfied!Interesting work with engaging people. Different project every couple of months, which keeps you interested in the work, never a dull week.. The travel can be quite grueling. You are expected to fly in every sunday night and fly out thursday evenings. ...
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Company Interview: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - ConsultantQ: Where do you see yourself ending up in 5/10 years? I was caught off guard by this question, particularly because I was just interviewing with the company and didn't have a concrete five year plan. Q: Tell us about a time where you dealt with conflict in "specific activity" I had developed stor...
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Company Interview: Ministry of Trade Singapore - ResearchNo difficult questions. Mainly walking through resume and thoughts on future trends. Expected to be able to elaborate at length on previous experience, kudos given for quantitative focus. And might add sending a writing sample that displays conciseness was helpful. Given the strategy focus of thi...
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Company Interview: PA Consulting Group - Strategy ConsultantThe unexpected interview questions was the one about the bananas where they ask how many containers would be needed to fit all the bananas eaten in the UK in a single day. Another question they asked was - what are 3 qualities which my friends would say that I have in myself. This was rather unexp...
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Company Review: ZS Associates - to ZS or not ZS ?The prestige of ZS is limited in London - Usually, people who have no other offers end up at ZS. This is a positive as the pool of associates is of a lower standard and easier to compete with. :D. It is my understanding that progression can be quite slow. In addition to this, PhD students start at t...
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Company Review: Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP - Very SatisfiedGreat company culture. Management truly cares about the career path and success of employees. Great flexibility with much discretion.. Some of the projects can be a lot less interesting than others, so the particular project you get assigned to will have huge impact on how engaged you are with what...
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Company Review: Ernst & Young LLP - EY OTS ReviewThis company is uplifting and supporting of its employees. It fosters a great environment to learn and succeed through living by its core values and intelligent senior leadership. . I wish that this company was not as cheap with company events, bonuses, or raises. Compared to its competitors, they a...
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Company Interview: ZS Associates - InternI was asked what I would do in a situation where I had multiple tasks, each one more important than the other. Then how would I prioritize them? I was asked what I would do in a situation where I had multiple tasks, each one more important than the other. Then how would I prioritize them? I was ...
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Lateral or Upward move? Opinions wanted.Question/ inquiry. I have been with a major defense contractor working in FP&A for around a year and a half. An opportunity presented itself for me to go to work for a major consulting firm. While I feel that I would very much enjoy working in consulting, is it the best move? Would I be taking a ste...
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Company Review: McKinsey and Co - My view on McK- Working with very smart and driven individuals - Exposure across different industries / functions - Exposure to senior clients. - Long working hours - Lots of mindless formatting / number crunching work - Culture is tough and quite cut-throat...
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Company Review: Accenture - DecentGood company. Great W/L balance. Pay is fair and benefits are great. Travel benefits especially. Good place to start career. . Exposure to industries. Exposure to upper level management. M-T travel usually and a fairly set schedule. ...
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CamberView Partners - legit opportunity?Hey guys, Got a message for a position with the aforementioned company through a headhunter. What they do is apparently consult top management on corporate governance / difficult market situations: "Our client advises the executive suites and boards of Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of event...
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Is it possible to network onto a project / service line for an internship?Hi everyone, I networked my way onto a big 4 tech consulting internship. I attend a non-target school so I don't have many alumni to reach out to but I have a small network inside the firm's consulting practice. I have been reaching out to consultants by saying "Incoming Intern", and people have re...
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McKinsey New Ventures Specialist? Anyone have information on this role?I am a senior at a target and was rejected from my final round interview at McKinsey last month (for a BA position). Although I received a tier 2 offer, I was really gunning for MBB and am now unsure if it's worth entering into consulting to not be at a MBB firm. I came across McKinsey's New Venture...
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Company Review: Deloitte - DeloitteGreat company to work for! The sky is the limit in terms of career growth potential . You are in charge of your career. Free coffee as well.. None so far other than 401k can be a lot better. Experiences can differ depending on the project and your coworkers. They can only do so much to match market ...
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AMA - Left First Undergrad with Sub 2.0 GPA====>Booth MBA/"Tier 2" ConsultingHi folks - I've been active on here for quite some time and thought I'd give back by sharing a bit of my background and providing some advice for those of us on the 'second chance' track. I left my first degree (top 50 undergrad) with a sub 2.0 GPA after 2 years (family issues and frankly, maturity...
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Got an intern offer from ZS - do I take it?Hi all, after getting tossed into the grinder for junior year internship recruiting, I was finally able to edge out an internship offer from ZS Associates in SF. The thing is, I'm not particularly interested in healthcare itself, but more in high tech and other relevant industries (i study business ...
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The Real Take on WUSTL (vs. Cornell)?Hey guys, I know that these threads have been beaten to death, but after scouring them, I am rather unclear about the recruiting options at WUSTL. I have read forums where people say recruiters refer to it as a community college, and I've read others where they say it has a strong presence in consul...
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PrepLoungeHas anyone used this platform to find partners & practice cases? I have very little case experience (1 live case) and am looking for a way to meet partners. ...
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changing consulting cultureWill like to get inputs from fellow current and alumni consultants on their thoughts on if culture changes are making consulting less attractive?...
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Company Review: McKinsey and Co - Overall good first job, but not in love or a liferGreat first career, incredibly smart, interesting, and motivated people to work with. Travel perks are nice. The travel gets difficult after a while. Marketing pitch of 'high impact work' doesn't always pan out, and it can be difficult to pull an all-nighter on a deck just because a partner asked fo...
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Company Interview: ZS Associates - Planning and Insights ConsultantThe most difficult question was regarding the case portion of the interview. I have been removed from case analysis for close to ten years, and was a little rusty. I needed to brush off some presenting skills and make sure that I was able to convey that I was digesting the graph data and applying ...

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