Consulting Interview Bible helps you land an interview. But let’s be honest – breaking into consulting is hard. It’s harder to get an offer at a consulting firm – even after you’ve passed the resume screen – than it is to get into MIT. You need every edge that you can get.

Do you stumble when asked why a consulting firm should hire you – out of the thousands of candidates they have to choose from?

Do you sweat when trying to convince a senior partner how Disney should expand its operations in Brazil?

Does your mind spin when asked to estimate a complete unknown, like the number of rhesus monkeys in India?

Even if you think you’re ready for the game changing chance of a lifetime – the consulting interview – the answers you have in mind can definitely be better.

After working at Bain, McKinsey and Deloitte, our team crafted the ultimate preparation guide for consulting interviews, including 3 key sections: Fit Interviews, Case Interviews, and 16 actual cases with scoring keys.

What’s Inside?

  • 300+ outline and instruction pages covering every conceivable topic central to consulting interviews – from general preparation tips to why interviewers ask specific fit questions, from tips on analyzing charts to bottom-up approaches for sizing questions.
  • Over 50 fit questions that you’re guaranteed to hear in consulting interviews. Understanding them will enable you to destroy every consulting interview question you’ll ever face.
  • 50+ pages of practical advice on cracking the case interview.
  • 4 versatile frameworks that are easy to use to solve every case, every time in a very practical, non-formulaic way.
  • 16 cases that you can do on your own or use to practice with a partner, each based on realistic company problems, structured in the style of a 1:1 live interview, and including scoring keys modeled off those used at MBB firms. They’re comprehensive, complex, and will be as challenging than any you’ll face from the likes of Bain, BCG or Monitor/Deloitte.

The Consulting Interview Bible not only provides specific tips on how to answer each question, but it tells you what the interviewer is looking for and offers example answers that you can emulate to craft your own response.

In only 6 years of publication, we’ve sold 50,000+ copies in 3 editions. Find out for yourself why clients around the world write us daily to thank us for offering this comprehensive guide to consulting interviews.

The Consulting Interview Bible
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300+ pages of insider secrets to consulting cases, PSTs, and fit interviews, including:
  • 4 easy-to-use frameworks
  • Detailed scoring guides
  • 50+ fit interview questions/answers
  • 16 cases to do alone or with a partner
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Because you’ve read all the way here, we know you’re curious about the exact insights that The Consulting Interview Bible offers. Here they are:

On the consulting interview process…

  • Why practicing fit interviews before case interviews makes sense
  • 16 consulting interview tips to make yourself stand out before, during, and after
  • One phrase that everyone encourages you to use but you should never say in an actual interview
  • The 5-minute investment on one skill that will make you better than 90% of interviewees
  • The difference between fit interviews for undergrad vs. MBA vs. experienced hires
  • Why you shouldn’t believe McKinsey when they tell you the purpose of the group interview

On fit and experiential interview questions…

  • 4 secrets to answer any fit question that the best interviewers instinctively know
  • Why your business background pre-MBA can hurt you, and how to prevent this from happening
  • The 2/4 point structure for resume questions – and how to use this framework for any fit question
  • What never to say when discussing why you turned down return offers
  • 5 personal qualities that consultants universally respect and that you must convey
  • The worst mistake you can make when answering questions about your future
  • How to build rapport through your responses to personality questions
  • topic you must avoid when asked about any question, and particularly about failures
  • The one component candidates always miss when discussing their leadership
  • The toughest question you’ll encounter – and a response that will leave the interviewer eager to work with you
  • 3 traits to demonstrate a sincere interest in the firm and the industry
  • topics you shouldn’t discuss when asked why you’re interested in management consulting
  • One critical way to explain a move overseas (or, for international applicants, a move to the U.S.)
  • The 3 checkmarks you must earn in explaining your career change to consulting
  • How to sound like a consultant when asked about specific companies and industries
  • What you should never say when asked questions about your recruiting status
  • A bullet-proof gameplan for preparing for any fit question

And more, just about cases:

On the PST…

  • How firms use the 80/20 principle to weed out weak candidates
  • The real purpose behind the PST and how it’s used
  • 4 factors that determine how your PST is evaluated
  • 8 tips for effective PST prep

On sizing questions and mini case studies…

  • Why sizing questions can be trickier than case studies
  • 4 reasons why they’re asked – and the tips that will help you master them
  • Example questions that you can ask to sound smart without annoying the interviewer
  • Multiple approaches to each question so you see the best solution possible
  • The 1 test you must know and use with each answer
  • How to be 80/20…without missing something

On case studies…

  • 5 case study principles that the best interviewers know by heart
  • 4 practical frameworks that must be memorized…and will be used repeatedly
  • What the best interviewers do that automatically makes you sound like a consultant
  • Insider secrets of the scoring system revealed
  • Detailed breakdown of the anatomy of a case
  • Debunking myths about interviewer-led vs. interviewee-led cases
  • Bad habits to avoid when practicing alone
  • Example differences between good answers and truly distinctive responses
  • The 3 components of a summary response – aka, the elevator test
  • Facts and figures that will kill your chances if you don’t know them
  • When getting the right answer can work against you
  • Example questions you can ask to sound smart for each case
  • Prompts your interviewer will use during 1:1 cases
  • Suggestions on creative responses – so you can be both structured and out-of-the-box
  • Quantitative questions that cover market size, marginal profit, fixed and variable costs, and other key concepts that you must know

The Consulting Interview Bible doesn’t just teach you how to land consulting jobs – although it will do that better than any guide on the market.

It also teaches you how to communicate better for the interview and beyond – because every professional interaction, whether you know it or not, is like an interview.

FAQs

Absolutely – this guide is not just for undergrads and MBAs. Why? The process to break into consulting is largely the same – at the partner level as it is at the Associate level. You face cases and extensive grilling sessions on your fit and experience.

The tips for each section and many of the consulting interview questions will be similar, but we have pointed out where you need to focus on different issues or displaying different knowledge. There’s even a dedicated section on questions for experienced hires/career changers.

As an experienced professional, your transition is harder, your explanations more nuanced, your experience more robust (read: lengthy) and therefore you need more help.

We work with experienced hires just like you every day on 1:1 coaching, so we’ve crafted the book to address the needs current professionals as well as current students.