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

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I think these podcasts are tremendously helpful and are enhancing my preparation.

iTunes Ratings

95 Ratings
Average Ratings
79
4
4
3
5

Awesome

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

Thorough

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

Latest release on Oct 14, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 8 days ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: 367: Predictive problem solving

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To celebrate the launch week for Turquoise Eyes: A Novel about Problem Solving & Critical Thinking, until midnight EST 10 June 2020 only, we offer this purchase gift to customers as our way of showing that we're truly thankful that you chose FIRMSconsulting.

This is the 1st episode of the accompanying program.

To Claim Your Complimentary 1 Month Access to the Accompanying Program:

1) BUY THE BOOK HERE: https://amzn.to/3bzVa6g

2) Reply to this email by midnight June 10 2020 with the following:

Your Name Your receipt for the book (Kindle, paperback or hardcover)

A Mention of Your Review for the above book If you've left a Review, please include a link - we'd love to read it and sincerely appreciate it. Even if you haven't left an Amazon review but only left Goodreads review, your training program 1 month access will still be sent to you! While we cannot require Amazon review to take advantage of our free gift to you, we would certainly appreciate your feedback and it will be a great way to support the book and FC.

YOU CAN LEAVE A REVIEW FOR AMAZON HERE: https://amzn.to/3bzVa6g AND HERE FOR GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53252396-turquoise-eyes

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kris CEO, FIRMSconsulting

May 31 2020

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Rank #2: 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 #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.

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

May 31 2016

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Rank #6: 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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WANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS FROM MAJOR CONSULTING FIRMS? SIGN UP FOR ACCESS TO SELECTED EPISODES HERE.

https://www.firmsconsulting.com

Feb 08 2019

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Rank #7: 186 Case Interview Overview

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This series of detailed podcasts provides prospective applicants to our program all the information they need to put together an application package, do well in the screening interviews, and, should they be the offered a place in the Firmsconsulting program, succeed at their McKinsey, BCG et al interviews.

This is a selective program run by former principals/senior partners of McKinsey and BCG who conduct all the training and mentoring. We prize client confidentiality and never disclose client relationships, and clients are expected to reciprocate and never disclose our extensive support of their careers.

Mar 15 2014

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Rank #8: 206 Case Interview Coaching

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This series of detailed podcasts provides prospective applicants to our program all the information they need to put together an application package, do well in the screening interviews, and, should they be the offered a place in the Firmsconsulting program, succeed at their McKinsey, BCG et al interviews.

Jul 13 2014

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Rank #9: 220 Why Candidates Fail to Succeed

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This is an important and wide ranging podcast around the theme of why candidates fail and some key observations from Felix in The Consulting Offer Season 1.

Oct 05 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: 235 How Age Impacts Consultants and Applicants

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Having spent a large part of my consulting career in my twenties, since I joined the Firm just shy of my 22 birthday, I personally know what it was like to successfully manage a young image. I was generally the youngest analyst, associate or engagement manager on a team, and a very young principal leading teams. I recall several times managing teams where the youngest person was older than myself. Those kinds of situations invariably raise challenges in controlling one’s image and client perceptions. In this podcast, I outline 7 things which can be done to control ageism, and begin by defining how younger and older consultants differ in the signals they send.

Jan 03 2015

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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.

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

Jul 23 2017

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Rank #14: 64 Talk about a leadership example, sample answer

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In this series of podcasts we look at each of the typical McKinsey/BCG FIT/PEI questions and provide a typical answer. Note, that while replicating this approach and standard will help you, we caution you that the main test of fit is in handling the cross-examination of your answer. Most candidates tend to be unprepared for that and we urge you to be very aware this will happen and to practice this interrogation style. You can never memorize your way out of these interrogations questions, since you cannot predict the actual question and, therefore, prepare for them. At least 20% of clients ignore this advice at their peril.
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Mar 30 2012

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Rank #15: 299: Best consultants are rarely the best case interview coaches

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In this podcast, and related article, we discuss a common mistake candidates make. They assume because a consultant has a reputation for being a good consultant they will make a great case interview practice partner or an effective case interview coach. This is very far from the truth.

Teaching is a skill. Great expertise at doing x does not at all imply great teaching skills for x.

We see this most clearly in sports and even universities. The greatest sports coaches may have been good at the sport in their youth, but they were rarely the stars. The same applies in universities, the greatest researchers are often poor teachers.

Picking a good consultant to be your case interview coach offers superficial comfort, but often does not help you much.

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Jan 26 2016

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Rank #16: 171 Structure Fails At 60% McKinsey Cases

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At least 90% of aspiring management consultants assume that all McKinsey et al cases MUST be solved with frameworks. That is a dangerous myth. At least 60% of all McKinsey full cases (we are not referring to brainstorming, estimates etc) cannot be solved with structures and you will fail if you used structures to solve them. In this podcast, we use the experiences of a client, Felix, to explain how to identify this second group of cases and what you can do to solve them. We particularly look at Felix's coaching session with Kevin Coyne, ex-McKinsey Worldwide Strategy Co-Leader, in Season One of The Consulting Offer.

Dec 15 2013

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Rank #17: 226 Poor Networking and Mentor-Mentee Etiquette

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This podcast is linked to the recent quarterly article about the speech Marvin Bower made way back in 1964. Rather than focusing on the many useful elements of the speech, we will focus on the unifying theme of finding outstanding people, inspiring them and requiring the highest levels of conduct from them.

Nov 10 2014

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Rank #18: 87 Five Phrases to Avoid

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Communication and image in a case interview is governed by both what you say and how you say. It is true that how you say something tends to carry more weight. However, in some case, certain phrases should definitely be avoided because they cause much damage it is very hard to recover from them. We discuss them in this podcast.

Aug 09 2012

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Rank #19: 217 Women are their own worst enemies

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I want to talk about three incidences and what it says about how women think about themselves.

Sep 17 2014

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Rank #20: 264 From Siberia's winter plains to an elite university

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The Firmsconsulting Emerging Fellows program is a program we run whereby we find and mentor promising young students from impoverished parts of the world. Working with them over several years, we guide them into elite schools and eventually into McKinsey or BCG.

May 22 2015

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