@ Consulting Firm
I grew up in California and spent most of my childhood in Washington DC. I went to school in Georgetown University and majored in Economics. I didn’t think I would have an issue finding a job. Growing up, I always exceled at school, as I finished college with a 3.9 GPA and enrolled in Columbia University to study Economics as a Master’s student. After starting at Columbia, I became interested in Management Consulting, because I envisioned the professional benefit from working with diverse companies on even more diverse business challenges. During this time, I spent time looking to prepare for both the behaviorial and the case interview. I had multiple mock interviews with my friends as well as career counselors, and had received good marks on all sessions. So when I first began seeing the rejection letters, I panicked. I didn’t know what was wrong. How can I get back on track again?
From talking with mentors, I knew I discovered the root cause. Big thanks to Katie for being patient with me.
Katie outlined a way to help me structure my answers better, to fit the consulting interview format.
Joe taught me that nothing replaces practicing with professionals - anything else is just not the same.
After failing 7 interviews, I thought I wasn't good enough. Shoo-In made me realize that wasn't true.
Katie first helped me understand what was wrong. I remembered her saying this “You may have prepared with your friends and career counselors, but they are not the ones who will be judging your application. So you should only base your performance on the recruiter’s criteria and not anyone else’s.” Bingo!
I was surprised by the amount of preparation by my mentors. I imagined the sessions would just be mock interviews, instead, I received a personalized plan that covers all the technical details as well as the “softer” side of communication. This meant daily training to drill the points into my thinking.
Joe helped me specifically to get ready for the case interviews. We practiced so many cases and talked even more frameworks, how to answer a question holistically. By the end, I knew 10 frameworks inside out and was very comfortable with market sizing, data deductions, and crafting corporate strategies.
Before, I only spent a couple hours each week to network and apply for jobs. Now, I am constantly networking and finding new avenues to connect with industry professionals. After a few weeks, this had ingrained in me a sense of purpose, and it no longer felt like the drudgery a couple months before. I know I am making progress.
I focused my attention on the first few connections I made through networking and stopped outreaching to new people. Not surprisingly, my networking suffered and I did not make any new connections. I wasn’t being consistent, and had paid for it. Lars acted quickly and got me right back on schedule in the next week.
Before you know it, my efforts had paid off. Within 3 months, I had gone from desperately trying to find a job, to understanding the job search process. Ultimately, I received offers from an MBB firm and two Big 4 companies, even when it’s off-season! From my journey, I learned one thing – luck is made possible by hard work.