Recruiting landscape for consulting?

I've recently been exploring consulting as a possible career path. At first I was infatuated by the idea of IB, but I've soured on it quite a bit lately. I'm now wondering how recruiting works for MBB/T2 firms. I assume there are target schools and OCR the same way there is for banking, but am questioning what preparation goes into it. Do I need to start networking with alum at these firms in order to get my foot in the door? Should I be practicing case studies? Is the recruiting for MBB internships as early as for IB? I am currently wrapping up my freshman year at a Semi. Any and all advice appreciated. 

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Apr 27, 2021 - 1:30pm

Why do you keep bumping ? I mean this in the nicest possible way, if you can't do the very basic research required to answer these questions, the answers probably don't matter - consulting probably isn't for you.

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Apr 27, 2021 - 2:00pm

I have done basic research (scouring the consulting section of this website) but haven't found much useful information in the way that comprehensive recruiting guides are featured in the IB forum. Just wanted to see if anyone had input. I have been doing further research in the meantime but nothing really beats the advice from people who have gone through the process / current consultants. 

Apr 27, 2021 - 4:15pm

Well, let me ask you the same questions...

--- Do you think preparing early like you would do for a similarly competitive career would help? Or no? What do you think your competition is doing?

--- Do you think networking will help? Or no? What do you think your competition is doing?

--- You know that case interviews are the single biggest part of getting hired. Do you think perfecting them will help? Or no? What do you think your competition is doing?

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Apr 27, 2021 - 5:14pm

It doesn't sound like you've been doing a lot of "further research" if these are the questions you ask. Perhaps the first step before considering consulting is working on basis research and critical thinking skills.

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Apr 27, 2021 - 5:06pm

@CharizardFan I'm sorry for having questions about a potential career field? I'm just trying to get the lay of the land here buddy. No need to be such a fucking prick. 

Apr 27, 2021 - 11:49pm

join the consulting club at your school as a first step, they'll probably have the best pipeline into consulting 

a good gpa (3.7+, preferably 3.8+), blue chip internship experience (f500, finance, faang/unicorn tech), and a medium amount of networking should suffice. target recent analysts from your school since theyre likely the ones reading resumes. no need to start networking until sophomore spring, unless you're diversity, in which case you should definitely check out their sophomore diversity programs/internships

no need to start casing now but you should give yourself a month before recruiting season to start prepping. some people are really good at it, other struggle at first but pick it up eventually. both buckets of people receive and don't receive offers - sometimes, it does come down to luck

MBB and most T2 internships recruit fall of junior year. OW is the only one that recruits earlier and they do so sophomore spring

Apr 28, 2021 - 12:08am

that's a tough sell, esp from a semitarget. i had friends with 3.8+ at HYPW who didn't even get interviews from all 3 MBBs. it could be offset by extensive networking but you'll need them to absolutely love you

there is no hard cutoff though. if you can get some really good internship experience (say, gs or google) then that can sway things in your favor. 

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