How to increase the odds to get hired by a consulting firm ?
While there is no secret formula for getting hired by a consulting firm, you can increase your chance of getting a consulting job through Networking. Networking is the best way for you to learn about the industry and for a company to get to know and evaluate you.
Use social media in your job search to connect with consultants. Chances are they went through the similar route of networking to get to where they are now. The success of a consultant comes down to a person’s ability to become the trusted advisor of the client, and relationship-building skill is a crucial component.
Also leverage help from consulting interview prep companies such as Firms Consulting, Management Consulted, Vocaprep to better prepare yourself during the recruitment.
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There’s a lot of things that can be done to prepare and boost your chances of getting in. I can’t go over all of them here (and Paul in the comment above already covered the networking aspect) but to trim this down to one thing: practice is the key.
No matter what I and all the other folks trying to sell you, or what one method or another will say, the key to doing well in these interviews is practice. Live, intentional practice with people who know what they are talking about.
- Live – Simulate the interview itself. The more you can do this the better. Especially as you get closer to the interview. Wear a suit. Use the paper and pen you’ll have in the room. Go to the Firm’s office (if you can)
- Intentional – Pay careful attention to what you’re getting right and what you’re getting wrong and choose where to focus your practice based on that
- With people who know what they are talking about – Ideal is current consultants in your target firm, but you’re unlikely to get much time with them and should save that time for once you are as close to perfect as you can get with all the other resources you have. Next best is with people who coach folks for a living, although these can be expensive and so you may want to save until you have worked the kinks out yourself. Other candidates are your best resource here. Folks like you (ideally in your home town so you can meet in person) who are going through the process as well.
The more you practice, the better you will do. Yes, read the books, use the online courses (cheers Paul for mentioning Vocaprep), etc etc. But practice practice practice. Good luck, and get in!
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