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Firmsconsulting maintains a 80% success rate at placing clients within McKinsey, BCG and Bain. This is the highest in the industry and the rate is higher if we include other firms. We achieve this rate because we only use former partners from McKinsey, BCG et al to develop our clients. This makes us unique. We never use analysts, associates, engagement managers or associate principals. We also carefully select and develop clients on their communication, image, technical and case interview skills. This podcast channel describes our lessons from training our clients.www.firmsconsulting.com www.strategytraining.com

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Firmsconsulting maintains a 80% success rate at placing clients within McKinsey, BCG and Bain. This is the highest in the industry and the rate is higher if we include other firms. We achieve this rate because we only use former partners from McKinsey, BCG et al to develop our clients. This makes us unique. We never use analysts, associates, engagement managers or associate principals. We also carefully select and develop clients on their communication, image, technical and case interview skills. This podcast channel describes our lessons from training our clients.www.firmsconsulting.com www.strategytraining.com

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88 Ratings
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72
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Awesome

By Aamir Masood - Aug 16 2014
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Great content. Great Experience. Now into my phone also!

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By KayC1222 - Aug 15 2014
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I think these podcasts are tremendously helpful and are enhancing my preparation.
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Case Interview Preparation & Management Consulting | Strategy | Critical Thinking

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Firmsconsulting maintains a 80% success rate at placing clients within McKinsey, BCG and Bain. This is the highest in the industry and the rate is higher if we include other firms. We achieve this rate because we only use former partners from McKinsey, BCG et al to develop our clients. This makes us unique. We never use analysts, associates, engagement managers or associate principals. We also carefully select and develop clients on their communication, image, technical and case interview skills. This podcast channel describes our lessons from training our clients.www.firmsconsulting.com www.strategytraining.com

Rank #1: 221 The First 3 Minutes of a Case Interview

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The first 3 minutes of a coaching session, practice session and case interview determines everything. First impressions count.

Oct 11 2014

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Rank #2: 274 Interview: How to Become a Management Consultant

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Our managing partner Michael Boricki gave an interview at Accepted, a well known site for MBA admission.

Jul 21 2015

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Rank #3: 314: How Firms Judge Candidates During Case Interviews

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In this podcast we discuss how interviewers judge candidates during case interviews. Specifically we look at how they determine whom are the top candidates.

SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE CASE INTERVIEW TRAINING

KEEP IN TOUCH: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn

WANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS? REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

Jun 17 2016

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Rank #4: 255 Superior Merger and Acquisition Case Method

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Candidates approach Merger and Acquisition cases with a very generic framework where Merger and Acquisition and JV's tend to be lumped together. This podcast demonstrates the power of effectively framing the case problem and introduces candidates to a very elegant / effective technique to develop strategies to capture the profits from a market. In fact, this technique demonstrates why an Merger and Acquisition is the absolute last resort to enter a market.

Mar 29 2015

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Rank #5: 266 Case Studies in Strategy Projects

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It is fair to say that being assigned to develop the case studies to help a team on the strategy study is considered a dead-end role for most consultants. An associate or analyst would much rather want to be leading the corporate strategy analyses, business case or even the business unit analyses versus studying how other companies have tackled the same problem as the client.

Jun 03 2015

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Rank #6: 312: How to Be Likeable

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In this podcast we talk about one critical lesson from TCO III / IV: how being likeable effects one's performance during consulting case interviews.

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KEEP IN TOUCH: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn

WANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS? REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

May 31 2016

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Rank #7: 325: How to Present Accomplishments

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In this 325th and new episode of the Case Interview & Management Consulting podcast, audio version, we discuss how to effectively present your accomplishments.

SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE CASE INTERVIEW TRAINING

KEEP IN TOUCH: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn

WANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS? REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

Jul 23 2017

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Rank #8: 254 How to Analyze Articles

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This podcast teaches readers how to extract up to 80% of the useful information about an article before you even read the article. The podcast first explains the difference between news, facts and opinions, before showing you the steps to analyze an article. Finally, the podcast uses the recent New York Times article about McKinsey and Dominic Barton to apply these very same concepts. You will see that what McKinsey what you to read from this article is very different from the information you should have extracted.

Mar 23 2015

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Rank #9: 204 Case Interview Resumes

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For the majority of clients, the most important area is resume preparation. A poor resume leads to a poor LinkedIn profile which results in no networking when consultants view the weaker online profile. Our most successful clients take the time to build effective resumes. All time allocated in this part of the training is at the sole discretion of Firmsconsulting since it is not subtracted from the 12 hours of coaching.

Jul 01 2014

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Rank #10: 42 Traits of Successful Consulting Applicants

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A continuation of a podcast series we regularly update which looks at new traits and examines some in greater detail. In this posting, we spend more time looking at experienced candidates. Experienced candidates face unique and material challenges such as being out of an university recruiting cycle (out-of-cycle), having to prove their analytic skills, having to prove their ramp-up rate etc. We discuss how successful clients in our program have met these challenges and thrived.

Nov 18 2011

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Rank #11: 234 The Role of Your Significant Other

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One oversight we have corrected as we have learned more about our clients, is to understand the role their significant others play in their lives and decisions. We tend to assume that the advice we provide, and actions you take, are largely influenced solely by your wishes. That could not be further from the truth. In some ways, your significant other is a major investor and she/he can cause a lot of problems if you take actions not in keeping with his/her wishes. This interesting podcast, examines the decisions of our youngest client and how we helped her understand the implications of her personal choices as she prepares to join McKinsey.

Dec 28 2014

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Rank #12: 205 Case Interview Networking

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Networking will not lead to an interview in management consulting. That is because networking is very poorly done and treated merely as a process of asking for help and referrals. We have a very high success rate due to the unusual steps we take to prepare clients. All time allocated in this part of the training is at the sole discretion of Firmsconsulting since it is not subtracted from the 12 hours of coaching.

Jul 07 2014

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Rank #13: 345: Consulting Interview Questions. Earning $17 per hour, no degree and dreaming of McKinsey and an MBA

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"Consulting interview questions: Earning $17/hour, no degree and dreaming of McKinsey and an MBA" is episode 345 of our Case Interviews & Management Consulting channel.

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https://www.firmsconsulting.com

Feb 08 2019

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Rank #14: 297: How to be Productive

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We receive many emails with questions about how to be productive. In this podcast, which builds on other points about this topic we have previously made, we discuss 6 other areas to consider.

(1) Time management,

(2) Managing obstacles,

(3) 90% rule,

(4) When to work,

(5) Focus and

(6) Why to work.

Point 6 is particularly important. Many of the things we do at Firmsconsulting are never started with the intention to generate profits, and some never will. We maintain 3 iTunes channels, more than most firms, and we do it because we enjoy it and want to share our vast knowledge as partners. That is one of the most important lessons, which we will discuss today.

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Jan 12 2016

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Rank #15: 326: 3 Mistakes When Practicing with McKinsey / BCG Consultants

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In this 326th and new episode of the Case Interview & Management Consulting complimentary podcast, audio version, we discuss 3 mistakes made by many candidates when practicing with McKinsey and BCG consultants. 

SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE CASE INTERVIEW TRAINING

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WANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS? REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

Sep 30 2017

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Rank #16: 237 Taking Leadership as an Associate

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It is a myth to assume that you are automatically awarded leadership roles as a bright associate or consultant. Competition for these roles are fierce, assuming you get it, and being “awarded” a role is far less useful than having earned the role in the eyes of your peers. In the latter, teams follow you because they choose too. In this podcast I will outline a technique I used throughout my career to find “rules” which could be broken to take control of engagements and earn the trust of peers and teams.

Jan 15 2015

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Rank #17: 257 The Trap Of Being Too Logical

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In Season 2 of The Consulting Offer, you will regularly see Alice breaking down the case problem into the correct logical components. She is impressive at doing this. However, you will also see Kevin pushing her to offer more. This podcast explains what Kevin was looking for. In other words, being logical in a case interview is insufficient to impress a partner in the final round interviews.

Apr 10 2015

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Rank #18: 157 How to Influence Your Interviewer

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In this podcast we will discuss a client who is very good at influencing the way interviewers work with her, and the subtle danger of her approach. A counter-point to this is another candidate who initially completely mismanaged his image, and we discuss the impact of his actions and what happened when he changed.

Sep 22 2013

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Rank #19: 70 Managing your Case Interview Image

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Image management is crucial. A significant part of our approach is around teaching clients to manage, control really, the image they portray. This involves a wide area like dressing, networking, emailing, speaking, hand movements, body language etc. This podcast touches on these elements of image while exploring several in depth. This is one of several detailed podcasts exploring different areas of image management.

May 05 2012

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Rank #20: 121 Six Priorities for Case Interviews

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This podcast provides a simple set of priority areas that a novice aspiring consultant should focus upon in the building up to the MBA full-time September interviews. It ties together themes from existing podcasts but presents them in the format of a case interview preparation roadmap.

Mar 01 2013

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1 Importance of GMAT Scores

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This podcast answers the following reader question on GMAT scores and their relevance versus GPA scores when applying to consulting firms.

Mar 17 2011

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2 Screening McKinsey Resumes

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This podcast introduces and discusses the steps firms like McKinsey use to screen and review resumes. Consulting firms and recruiters essentially look for five things:

1 Your school
2 Grades at school
3 Stature of employers
4 Achievements at work
5 Personal experience

Mar 23 2011

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3 McKinsey and BCG Networking

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Unless you have a stellar resume and profile, you will likely need to do some form of networking to secure an interview. Most aspiring consultants cannot network and treat networking as a “tick-the-box” set of coffee chats and phone discussions.

Related:
The Consulting Offer season 1, Partner Networking Emails

Mar 29 2011

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4 Anatomy of a McKinsey Networking Event

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The most important piece of feedback for a McKinsey, BCG et al networking event is to do nothing. You actually want to draw as little attention to yourself as possible. Networking events are really formats where consulting firms market themselves. There are obviously exceptions, but rarely is this going to be a moment for you to market yourself. For one, there is too much happening around you and you will almost never get an opportunity to dazzle anyone.

Related:

The Consulting Offer season 2, Episode 1 Partner Networking and Resume Feedback

Quarterly article: Networking with Management Consulting Partners

Apr 04 2011

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5 Families and McKinsey

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No one will say this, but you should not be planning a family in the formative/early years of McKinsey or BCG. While firms go to great lengths to extol the virtues of their family friendly cultures, at the end of the day, the numbers say otherwise. It is very difficult to balance family demands and the pressures of a McKinsey engagement. It is best to select phases in your life, and early in you career, focus on career building.

Related:
- The Consulting offer 2: The Challenges of A Chinese female PhD Purusing Consulting
- Quarterly Article: Why there are so few female management consulting partners

Apr 10 2011

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6 Advice on speaking like a consultant

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If you read forums worldwide everyone is obsessed with cracking the case. Yet, most people cannot communicate like a consultant. We hope by reading this post, candidates spend an equal, if not more, time focusing on their communication skills as well. If you cannot speak like a consultant, you cannot be a consultant.

Apr 16 2011

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7 English-speaking offices

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Aspiring consultants typically struggle at this selection and arrive at the wrong strategy. When you live in a country with just one BBM office, like most countries, how do you select a 2nd, 3rd or 4th choice? How many options do you realistically have and how do you size them up? Are the UAE and Singapore your only options? This podcast addresses these issues.

Apr 22 2011

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8 Lessons in not placing a successful Wharton MBA

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Having a brilliant profile and credentials is good, but not great. In this podcast we discuss the hurdles which caused a brilliant Wharton MBA to stumble during their interviews. Much came down to the candidate simply not understanding the consulting culture and not acting on feedback. Moreover, McKinsey, especially BCG, look for reserved leaders versus over-confidence. That balance is crucial.

Apr 28 2011

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9 The Impossible Candidates Lessons

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Here we talk about the unusual tactics we used to place a musician into BBM Europe who had just a master’s degree in music, from an elite institute and 4 years of experience in the Arts. Lacking a business background she decided to make the transition after her marriage. The tactics are not surprising, but the execution is.

May 04 2011

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10 The Strategy Study

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McKinsey, BCG et al engagements are very different from the stories typically depicted on blogs etc. Too often the writer seems intent on explain how long the hours are and the need to do analyses. That is part of the picture but far from the entire story. Many of these stories are also written bottom-up with an associate or analyst seeing things from their relatively narrow view without a proper feel for the higher level discussions.

May 10 2011

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11 Fatal brainstorming mistake made by all

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You are unlikely to pass a McKinsey case interview unless you can brainstorm. Consulting interviewers are ALWAYS testing for poise, confidence, structure and logic in your response. Most candidates do this well everywhere – except when it comes to brainstorming. Learn how “not” to brainstorm. This podcast looks at one of the most common brainstorming problems. A problem so common, that many simply assume it is the way to brainstorm. Fixing this problem can improve your brainstorming skills by between 5% to 30% percent.

May 16 2011

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12 McKinsey, BCG etc. exit opportunities exaggerated

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This is an important podcast because it explains how a consulting career should fit into your overall career planning. Most candidates want to work at BBM because everyone says they should. They also think they know the exit opportunities but have a very weak, and sometimes fantasized, view on exit options.

May 22 2011

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13 Consulting Culture

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This is a topic which is very dear and close to me. In fact, it is why we started Firmsconsulting and run it the way we do. Very, very few people truly understand the culture of management consulting. Many existing consultants also struggle to understand the culture. Consultants are professionals, not business people. I would strongly urge you to listen to this podcast.

May 28 2011

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14 Did you pay $150K for a McKinsey interview

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MBA programs want you to believe that joining a school like Stanford, Harvard etc in the MBA program will dramatically improve your chances of success. It will not and that is a huge myth.

Jun 03 2011

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15 Importance of Confidence in Cases

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We would say 90% of candidates with whom we speak do not understand what is confidence, how to build it and how to demonstrate it. We will talk about experiences we have had with candidates with weak confidence levels and what you need to consider when preparing for your own interviews.

Jun 09 2011

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16 Advising a McKinsey Consultant

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On Monday this week, we had an early lunch at Crush restaurant at King West in Toronto. We wanted to advise a recently placed McKinsey associate who was struggling to make the transition. The challenges he faced provide an interesting perspective on what skills you will need as a consultant, and related to this, what you need to show in an interview.

Jun 15 2011

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17 Arithmetic skills actually needed for cases

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We were forced to prepare this podcast after realizing how poorly candidates prepare for the arithmetic rigor they need to display. For some reason candidates believe practicing hundreds of math problems make them better at math. This is not how to learn math in cases. This podcast gives you proper guidance on learning arithmetic for cases, and how to communicate this competency.

Jun 21 2011

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18 Comparing Offers between firms

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How do you pick the firm to build your career: prestige, ranking, salary, feedback from friends or friendliness of the interviewer? Actually none of these will help you. In this podcast we explain how outstanding consultants build their careers and what you need to consider when choosing a firm.

Jun 27 2011

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19 Types of cases between firms

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McKinsey, BCG, Bain and Roland Berger use similar but not the same case styles. Within even one firm, styles may differ. Each firm uses a very different interview style. We discuss the different styles to expect and how to handle the questions you will encounter. We also rank the difficulty of the cases from each firm. Expect some counter-intuitive ordering.

Jul 03 2011

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20 The types of cases that exist

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Many candidates are confused between the different types of cases: interviewer led, interviewee led, brainstorming, market entry, market sizing etc. In this podcast we will discuss the different types of cases you will face and where you will likely encounter them.

Jul 09 2011

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iTunes Ratings

88 Ratings
Average Ratings
72
4
4
3
5

Awesome

By Aamir Masood - Aug 16 2014
Read more
Great content. Great Experience. Now into my phone also!

Thorough

By KayC1222 - Aug 15 2014
Read more
I think these podcasts are tremendously helpful and are enhancing my preparation.