A stranger is being shown around a village that he has just become a part of. He is shown a well and his guide says: "On any day except Monday, you can shout any question down that well and you'll be told an answer". The man seems pretty impressed, and so he shouts down: Why not on Monday? and the voice from in the well shouts back: Because on Monday its your day in the well.
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How strictly are GPA cutoff's enforced for consulting firms?
MBB really have very high GPA requirements for all of their openings, in other companies there are softer GPA requirements at least in some cases.
But in general I must admit that almost always a recruiter will pay attention to your GPA (again, we are speaking about graduates) and if it is below 3.5 (4.2-4.3 for Europe) - your chances are pretty low to pass screening.
How important is an MBA for management consulting?
Nowadays in most cases Real Experience beats MBA - not counting positions where MBA is an official requirement. Even in consulting.
So get the experience. And get an MBA only when your company pays for it.
If the position is not officially 'post-MBA only' then MBA still is a plus, but not a huge one. Again, this heavily depends on country/city/company.
What does the resume screening/ hiring process look like for management consulting?
- Target (or similar to it) university and program
- Internships in large and/or consulting company
- References DO mean a lot. So if someone is able to supply you with recommendations - do not forget to mention it. It will serve as a background check for you too
- Never lie in your CV. This is easy to detect and if you are caught - welcome to the black list
- Math&analytical skills, English language (when it is not native), logics&reasoning skills
Then several interviews:
- Pretty much the same + case interviews where we are checking (besides all that we have already mentioned) business sense and, well, smartness
... and communication skills+motivation, of course
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