Q&A: Getting an MBB offer from a semi-target school

I recently accepted a job at a MBB firm and have a lot of free time until I take on my final semester. Happy to answer any and all questions regarding recruitment during COVID, prepping for case interviews, choosing between internships, etc. 

To help you get a better understanding, I provided some background information below 

  • GPA: ~ 3.75
  • Internships: Corporate Finance Intern @ Fortune 200 (Junior Year), Finance Intern @ a very small marketing firm (Freshmen Year)
  • Involvements: five organizations including an undergraduate consulting club (President / VP for three of them)

I did not land a consulting internship my junior year, and I hated seeing my peers stressing out during recruitment for both internships and full-time jobs. Here to give some tips and answer any questions college undergraduates might have. 

Comments (10)

 
  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Jan 11, 2021 - 7:29pm

Junior year (internship recruiting) I did not really "network" with individuals at the firm which is probably a big reason I wasn't even invited to interview. Senior year I networked with a lot of alumni at MBBs from my school and ran through a few practice cases with individuals at MBB firms. I'm assuming a few of those individuals probably referred me which helped me land interviews. 

 
  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 11, 2021 - 7:38pm

Nice job, what would you recommend to network if no alumni work at MBB? One or two consultants at all three and the rest are op roles and recruiters.

 
Jan 13, 2021 - 4:21pm

Hi thanks for doing this!

How does full time recruiting differ from internship recruiting for consulting? (Are the cases harder, questestions different, etc)

Is it possible to get full time interviews accelerated due to exploding junior summer return offers?

How much does your story/why consulting matter? Do they expect interviewees to say they want to do consulting long term?

 
Jan 13, 2021 - 4:30pm

Incoming MBB from a non-target. I interviewed for internship my junior year and didn't get it, tried again for FT and received an offer next year. The cases are the exact same given for interns and FT offers. I was in a similar situation w/ exploding offer and they moved my final round interview forward. Story for consulting matters a lot but you are not expected to pledge 20 years to the firm. Hope this helps.

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