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

iTunes Ratings

86 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
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.
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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

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: 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: 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 #3: 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

49mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 256 2nd and 3rd Order Insights

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We insist candidates read extensively to improve their business judgement. However, we find candidates really struggle to demonstrate they have indeed read the article, and more importantly, have improved their thinking in some way as a result of reading the article. This counter-intuitive piece demonstrates how to generate 2nd, 3rd and 4th order insights when communicating with partners.

Apr 04 2015

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Rank #6: 263 How to read to improve reasoning

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We have a section on the website where I list all of the articles I read on a daily basis: What Firmsconsulting is reading. The thinking was that readers could replicate the reading of a former strategy partner at an elite firm by reading what I read.

May 16 2015

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Rank #7: 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.

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.

May 31 2016

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #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.

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

COME HANG OUT WITH US: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn

Jan 12 2016

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Rank #15: 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 #16: 288 New consulting business case training

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This podcast introduces the new and comprehensive consulting business case + financial analyses + financial modelling training we are about to release.

In particular I discuss my internal consulting training and my very first study leading the business case. Contrary to what you may think, the training at McKinsey and BCG can be weak and contain many flaws. This podcast explains how we built on the training at these firms to develop something far more effective.

Related:
- Live-blogging a Financial Service Stratey Study
- You can find related video here: Strategy Library

Oct 13 2015

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Rank #17: 175 Peter on McKinsey Middle East With a PhD

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Peter is a PhD candidate from the USA who joined McKinsey Middle East a year ago. The striking thing about Peter is his level of confidence and the fact that he does not sound like a PhD. He is a candidate who initially pursued the USA and thereafter opened interviews at another highly competitive office where he was successful.

Peters interview is more for the journey he goes through to build his confidence and learn about his potential. I have personally admired this candidate because he seems to closely follow the strong values-based path Firmsconsulting expects of our alums.

Jan 08 2014

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Rank #18: 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 #19: 280 Consulting EQ

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Those of you who follow my podcasts would know that I place an incredible amount of emphasis on not just being good at structuring issues and analyses, but also the way you manage people: consulting EQ.

Learn more about the consulting EQ here

Related:
- Detailed videos about consulting EQ (managing, communication, motivating, coaching and mentoring clients and consultants) can be found in our detailed corporate strategy training library

Aug 26 2015

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Rank #20: 190 Case Experienced Hires

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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.

Experienced hires will have the longest training program, due to the longer networking cycles. Approximately 15% of our clients are experienced hires and they work with us for between 3 to 8 months. This is a broad group including entrepreneurs, graduates with a few months experience to senior executives in Fortune 500 corporations. Our oldest client is in this group was 45 with 15 years of experience in banking. Cases tend to be heavily focused around office choices and sector specialization like BTO. Though this does not apply to younger experienced hires whom we will position as generalists.

Apr 08 2014

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