The Consulting Offer I, Felix joins MBB Europe

The Consulting Offer I, Felix joins MBB Europe

3 Seasons

In The Consulting Offer watch former McKinsey et al senior partners mentor real candidates into the most elite consulting firms. Now in its sixth season!

Felix is a 27 year old Yale doctoral candidate in the sciences and originally from China. We were very impressed with her communication skills and believed she had a very compelling resume for her age. Felix was selected due to the triad of obstacles she was facing in pursuing a consulting career and was the “impossible candidate” to place. She was targeting the German offices and did not speak the local language, she had no significant past working experience and did not understand any of the major sectors in Germany. All of this, just at the time the German offices had prioritized applicants who were fluent in German!

To see what “good” looks like, Felix is the candidate to watch. Her learning rate, attitude, business judgement, humility and likability factors are all high. Her communication is strong and she even develops new/better ways to solve some cases. Felix would pass a McKinsey or BCG final round case.

Advantages: Enormous work ethic. Pleasant personality. Exceptional business judgement. Quick to understand and use feedback. Takes advice and acts on it quickly.

Opportunities: Chasing a tough office. Lots of “balls in the air” w.r.t to personal, academic and working activities. Should always remember how good a profile she has.

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  • PREVIEW: COUNTER-INTUITIVE INSIGHTS FROM CASE INTERVIEW CLIENTS

    Episode 1

  • HOW WE ANALYZE YOUR VIEWING AND OUR INSIGHTS ON YOUR LEARNING HABITS

    Episode 2

  • TCO 10-STEP GUIDE

    Episode 1

    This video provides an overview of TCO content on our sister-site Firmsconsulting.com.

    All the video content is the same though some functions like the quizzes and daily candidate activity logs can only be found on Firmsconsulting.com

  • 1 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 1, Resume - Profile - Office Strategy

    Episode 4

    Session 1: Calibration Call and Resume

    Although we use the name Samantha below, Felix, Sanjeev and Rafik went through the same program.

    In her first session, a 60 minute calibration session, Samantha is provided no warning about what to expect. We want to see how she really thinks, especial...

  • 2 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 2, Resume - Profile - Office Strategy

    Episode 5

    Session 2: Starting to Rewrite the Resume

    A coach needs to know his/her student. That is why we start with the resume. By asking careful questions about every part of the resume, and we mean every part, not only can we write the resume to build the profile we want to create of the candidate, b...

  • 3 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 3, Resume - Profile - Office Strategy

    Episode 6

    Session 3: More work on the Resume & Office Strategy

    Samantha has now translated her resume into an understandable, quantitative and elegant format. It reads in a crisp and straightforward way which anyone will understand, especially those who have no experience in her background, and into an ...

  • 4 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 4, Resume - Profile - Office Strategy - Networking

    Episode 7

    Session 4: More work on the Resume and the Cover Letter

    Now that we know Samantha remarkably well through the process of extensively rewriting her resume, we will have her update her LinkedIn profile and begin her cover letter. Although we prefer to complete the cover letter before beginning t...

  • 5 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 5, Estimation and Math Questions

    Episode 8

    Session 5: Estimation Questions

    You cannot pass a McKinsey, BCG or Bain case unless you can brainstorm. Although, you may never receive an isolated/explicit brainstorming case, the skill is needed to identify drivers and build out an analyses structure, without the need to memorize frameworks....

  • 6 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 6, Brainstorming and Estimations

    Episode 9

    Session 6: Brainstorming

    This is easily the most important session of the training.

    Building off the estimation approach, we now move to brainstorming. You should think of brainstorming as an equation from the estimation cases, but an equation with more than one branch. Like an equation wit...

  • 7 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 7, Simple BCG Cases - Profit

    Episode 10

    Session 7: Profitability Cases – BCG Approach

    In each training session, from this day onward, we will do a brainstorming case, estimation case and full case.

    It is vital to layer case difficulty.

    Why would this be an important teaching strategy? If we gave the candidate a complex deregul...

  • 8 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 8, Simple BCG Cases - Volume Profit

    Episode 11

    Session 8: Volume Cases

    Samantha must now be able to handle all types of simple estimation cases and all types of brainstorming cases. The technique she has learnt for full cases can also be applied across all types of full BCG-type cases, and we want to see her do just this.

    We want to see...

  • 9 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 9, Open-ended Debrief Call

    Episode 12

    Session 9: Debrief

    No matter how many times we implore a candidate to ask questions or to simply ask for advice, being under pressure to learn as much as possible, they struggle to do this in the coaching sessions. To rectify this we regularly set up debriefing sessions which have no agenda.
    ...

  • 10 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 10, Communication, Confidence and Data Cases

    Episode 13

    Session 10: Communication Fundamentals

    In this session, we deliberately use incendiary questions to see how candidates respond to racial, gender, ethnic, political etc. discrimination.

    By this stage of the coaching Samantha would have clearly seen that effective communication leads to bette...

  • 11 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 11, Complex Estimation Part 1

    Episode 14

    Session 11: Realistic Estimation Cases & Data Cases

    Here we teach candidates how to solve demand-driven estimation cases from the supply-side, when the demand approach is too difficult to use, and vice versa, as well as estimations for enclosed spaces, for small spaces, multiple equations etc....

  • 11 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 11, Complex Estimation Part 2

    Episode 15

    Session 11: Realistic Estimation Cases & Data Cases

    Here we teach candidates how to solve demand-driven estimation cases from the supply-side, when the demand approach is too difficult to use, and vice versa, as well as estimations for enclosed spaces, for small spaces, multiple equations etc....

  • 12 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 12, Complex BCG Cases, Market Entry

    Episode 16

    Session 12: Market Entry Cases & Strategy Cases

    When teaching market entry cases, we keep Bain in mind, since their approach, heavily influenced by their PE work, is the most comprehensive and realistic for acquisitions to enter a new market. The approach we teach here can be used to tackle an...

  • 13 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 13, McKinsey Operations and Answer-First Cases

    Episode 17

    Session 13: Operations Cases, Pivoting to the McKinsey Approach, Mid-Point Feedback & Unstructured/trend cases

    All cases done from this session onward to the end are done in the McKinsey-approach and the answer-first approach. This is a tough session which builds on the techniques taught earli...

  • 14 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 14, McKinsey Competition Cases

    Episode 18

    Session 14: Competition Strategy Cases & Content Traps

    Congratulations to the final 2 candidates who make it past session 13.

    Special congratulations to the candidate who now will be coached by Michael Boricki, ex-big 3 strategy principal, and mentored by the former-McKinsey director and wo...

  • 15 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 15, McKinsey Complex Profit Cases

    Episode 19

    Session 16: Pricing Cases

    There is no framework for pricing, but there is a simple way to approach pricing problems.

    Candidates are too often, incorrectly, taught that there are just 4 pricing strategies: product-based, cost-based, market-based or competition-based. In reality, there are a ...

  • 16 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 16, McKinsey Pricing Cases

    Episode 20

    Session 16: Pricing Cases

    There is no framework for pricing, but there is a simple way to approach pricing problems.

    Candidates are too often, incorrectly, taught that there are just 4 pricing strategies: product-based, cost-based, market-based or competition-based. In reality, there are a ...

  • 17 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 17, McKinsey Complex Strategy, Deregulation Cases

    Episode 21

    Session 17: Deregulation Cases

    If consulting cases would be grouped into seasons, deregulation cases would be Halloween – they scare everyone!

    We use deregulation cases to show candidates that just because something appears intimidating, it does not mean it should always have fancy structur...

  • 18 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 18, McKinsey PEI, FIT and Communications

    Episode 22

    Session 18: Fit/PEI

    While fit is done in this session, we expect candidates to have prepared adequately leading up to this session by listening to podcasts 58-65, listening to other podcasts, leading samples, collecting our feedback, loading more samples etc. If a candidate does poorly here it...

  • 19 Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 19, McKinsey Investment Cases

    Episode 23

    Session 19: Random Full Case & Random Drills

    Candidates should now be in the interview process and/or practicing with colleagues. The candidate needs to be become skilled at applying the case techniques with as many different interview styles as possible. They should be practicing and networki...