Off-Cycle Recruiting: 2021 Busiest On Record

March has come and gone – and with it, the advent of the busiest period of off-cycle recruiting. Here at Management Consulted, we affectionately call it Second Season. 2021 was the busiest period of off-cycle recruiting we have ever seen, and it has continued into the winter months. We see no sign of off-cycle recruiting slowing down into 2022, especially in the U.S.

Off Cycle Recruiting

Strong Consulting Demand

Firms cut back on full-time hiring in Fall 2020, and have been making up for ever since due to the strong demand for consulting services. This is true across practice areas, but especially in Strategy, Supply Chain, Life Sciences/Pharma, and Digital.

What does this mean for you? If you’re an Experienced Hire or a non-traditional student willing to leave your academic program, the chances have never been better that firms like McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Deloitte and others will give you a chance to interview!

Here at Management Consulted, we’ve heard from 20+ candidates in the past 48 hours who received last minute interview invites from top firms.

Take Action Now

So, what should you do? If you’re interested in consulting, network and apply now! If you previously applied, reactivate your network to see if there’s an opportunity for you now that didn’t exist 6 months ago!

Need help with your resume before applying? Work with our expert team on tailored resume edits.

Once you pass the resume screen, interviews come quickly (1-2 weeks). Start to prepare now by becoming familiar with the anatomy of a case interview. Read our case prep guide and check out our free case course.

Once you’ve gotten the basics down, it’s time for out-loud, expert practice. With only 1-2 weeks to prepare, doing mock interviews with experts who can give you pinpoint, actionable feedback is the only thing that will accelerate your progress and get you interview ready.

If you’ve been waiting to take your shot at consulting, the time to wait is over! Reach out with questions, and good luck!

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