MBB Application Timing/Coaching

newtofinance's picture
Rank: Monkey | 30

I am applying to MBB this year and would ideally like to start asap or in January instead of waiting until next fall. Does anyone know if this is possible and how I could go about arranging it if it is? Also, I am out of school and applying online--would it be best to apply in September when they are looking to hire anyway? Additionally, I have not prepared for the case interview yet and am wondering how people do practice interviews, as the career services at my alma maters have said they can do 1 maximum interview with an alum--are there professional services that offer coaching and mock interviews by any chance? Finally, how long does it take to prepare for the interview? I am worried about submitting an online application and then getting called for an interview in a few days and not being prepared...does anyone also know how long it takes before they call you back (from what I've seen it varies dramatically from 48 hours to a few weeks). And one last thing--are these places even hiring now, given the numerous deferred starts and rescinded offers and layoffs?

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Sep 12, 2010

Get the job first, then worry about start dates. People in my class graduated a semester early and started in the spring. If you're starting as a BA/AC/A, then they'll probably want to put you through formal training, so you won't get to start whenever you want.

You need a long time to prepare for the case interview. There are professional services out there to help, but you don't necessarily need them.

From what I've seen, they're hiring in full force this year, more so than the last couple years.

Sep 12, 2010

Case practice is overrated. I have a trading resume (hence no experience in consulting or strategy), went through Bain's first and final round without any practice and got the internship offer. It's all about common sense and being able to think.

Sep 12, 2010

Would you rather be underprepared or overprepared? I would've hated to not get an offer because of something I could've fixed with some hard work.

Sep 13, 2010

Thanks for the information, how long exactly would you recommend preparing for and how should I go about it if I do want to be completely prepared and maximize my chances of getting an interview?

Sep 13, 2010

uhhhh preparing for the inteview comes after getting one...

Sep 13, 2010

Focus on getting the interview first, MBB are all very competitive so that is a very difficult task even for qualified candidates. Case prep has been covered plenty of times in other posts so use the search and you will find what you are looking for.

Sep 13, 2010
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