Skills necessary to become at Consultant at a BIG 4 Firm

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Rank: Chimp | 4

Tulane University for UG in History
Carnegie Mellon - Public Policy and Management

No internships in Consulting, though I was on the Executive Board of the Heinz Consulting Club, Vice President of the Heinz Analytics Club, and an Associate Consultant with a student organization that completed an M & A project for an investment holding firm.

I have practiced the cases, and understand them very intuitively. I have competed in case competition ran by Deloitte, and Accenture. What else might I need to really stick out?

Didn't get any offers from boutiques or the BIG4. I'll try again in a year.

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Mar 7, 2014

Network, network, network, network. Seems like you have the technical skills. Do some practice interviews and take a public speaking class or something.

Mar 7, 2014

I network as much as possible over one thousand contacts on linkedin and have completed a half dozen informational interviews. I will do more in the future.

Mar 8, 2014

Quality over quantity. Rather than meeting as many people as you can, really spend time developing substantial relationships.

Mar 10, 2014
ch1guy:

Quality over quantity. Rather than meeting as many people as you can, really spend time developing substantial relationships.

Definitely quality over quantity. Generally, in consulting your problem solving skills are considered table stakes to get through the door. What will set you apart is your ability to work on a team effectively and communicate clearly. Verbal, written, and visual communication.

It sounds like you've been putting the effort in, so I think a question here what do you think might be holding you back? You said no offers, but you didn't say whether or not you had interviewed with any firms? If you did interview, were you provided feedback?

TT

Mar 12, 2014
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