The Consulting Offer 1: Felix's Case Interview Coaching Videos

The Consulting Offer 1: Felix's Case Interview Coaching Videos

In The Consulting Offer watch former McKinsey et al senior partners mentor real candidates into the most elite consulting firms. Now in its sixth season!

Felix is a 27 year old Yale doctoral candidate in the sciences and originally from China. We were very impressed with her communication skills and believed she had a very compelling resume for her age. Felix was selected due to the triad of obstacles she was facing in pursuing a consulting career and was the “impossible candidate” to place. She was targeting the German offices and did not speak the local language, she had no significant past working experience and did not understand any of the major sectors in Germany. All of this, just at the time the German offices had prioritized applicants who were fluent in German! In one compelling episode you will see how we help her open networking with the CEO of BCG, after being rejected. This helps her re-enter the interview process.

To see what “good” looks like, Felix is the candidate to watch. Her learning rate, attitude, business judgement, humility and likability factors are all high. Her communication is strong and she even develops new/better ways to solve some cases. Felix would pass a McKinsey or BCG final round case.

Advantages: Enormous work ethic. Pleasant personality. Exceptional business judgement. Quick to understand and use feedback. Takes advice and acts on it quickly.

Opportunities: Chasing a tough office. Lots of “balls in the air” w.r.t to personal, academic and working activities. Should always remember how good a profile she has.

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The Consulting Offer 1: Felix's Case Interview Coaching Videos
  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 9, Open-ended Debrief Call

    Session 9: Debrief

    No matter how many times we implore a candidate to ask questions or to simply ask for advice, being under pressure to learn as much as possible, they struggle to do this in the coaching sessions. To rectify this we regularly set up debriefing sessions which have no agenda.
    ...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 10, Communication, Confidence and Data Cases

    Session 10: Communication Fundamentals

    In this session, we deliberately use incendiary questions to see how candidates respond to racial, gender, ethnic, political etc. discrimination.

    By this stage of the coaching Samantha would have clearly seen that effective communication leads to bette...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 11, Complex Estimation Part 1

    Session 11: Realistic Estimation Cases & Data Cases

    Here we teach candidates how to solve demand-driven estimation cases from the supply-side, when the demand approach is too difficult to use, and vice versa, as well as estimations for enclosed spaces, for small spaces, multiple equations etc....

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 11, Complex Estimation Part 2

    Session 11: Realistic Estimation Cases & Data Cases

    Here we teach candidates how to solve demand-driven estimation cases from the supply-side, when the demand approach is too difficult to use, and vice versa, as well as estimations for enclosed spaces, for small spaces, multiple equations etc....

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 12, Complex BCG Cases, Market Entry

    Session 12: Market Entry Cases & Strategy Cases

    When teaching market entry cases, we keep Bain in mind, since their approach, heavily influenced by their PE work, is the most comprehensive and realistic for acquisitions to enter a new market. The approach we teach here can be used to tackle an...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 13, McKinsey Ops and Answer-First Cases

    Session 13: Operations Cases, Pivoting to the McKinsey Approach, Mid-Point Feedback & Unstructured/trend cases

    All cases done from this session onward to the end are done in the McKinsey-approach and the answer-first approach. This is a tough session which builds on the techniques taught earli...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 14, McKinsey Competition Cases

    Session 14: Competition Strategy Cases & Content Traps

    Congratulations to the final 2 candidates who make it past session 13.

    Special congratulations to the candidate who now will be coached by Michael Boricki, ex-big 3 strategy principal, and mentored by the former-McKinsey director and wo...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 15, McKinsey Complex Profit Cases

    Session 15: Pricing Cases

    There is no framework for pricing, but there is a simple way to approach pricing problems.

    Candidates are too often, incorrectly, taught that there are just 4 pricing strategies: product-based, cost-based, market-based or competition-based. In reality, there are a ...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 16, McKinsey Pricing Cases

    Session 16: Pricing Cases

    There is no framework for pricing, but there is a simple way to approach pricing problems.

    Candidates are too often, incorrectly, taught that there are just 4 pricing strategies: product-based, cost-based, market-based or competition-based. In reality, there are a ...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 17, McK Complex Strategy, Deregulation Cases

    Session 17: Deregulation Cases

    If consulting cases would be grouped into seasons, deregulation cases would be Halloween – they scare everyone!

    We use deregulation cases to show candidates that just because something appears intimidating, it does not mean it should always have fancy structur...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 18, McKinsey PEI, FIT and Communications

    Session 18: Fit/PEI

    While fit is done in this session, we expect candidates to have prepared adequately leading up to this session by listening to podcasts 58-65, listening to other podcasts, leading samples, collecting our feedback, loading more samples etc. If a candidate does poorly here it...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 19, McKinsey Investment Cases

    Session 19: Random Full Case & Random Drills

    Candidates should now be in the interview process and/or practicing with colleagues. The candidate needs to be become skilled at applying the case techniques with as many different interview styles as possible. They should be practicing and networki...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 20, McKinsey Corporate Strategy Cases

    Session 20: Energy, Conciseness, Brainstorming, Communication & Objective Functions

    The five areas highlighted listed above are the most important areas the remaining candidates need to focus on. We find the development areas are split neatly down the middle.

    • Felix needs to focus on not w...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 21, McKinsey Corporate Strategy Cases

    Session 21: Development Areas, Regional-focus, Strategy & Partner-style cases

    The training wheels are now off and the dynamic of the relationship should have changed. The final two candidates are no longer rookies in the program. We see them more as refined ambassadors of Firmsconsulting with ...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 22, McKinsey BTO and IT Strategy Cases

    Session 22: Development Areas, Regional-focus, BTO & Partner-style cases

    We like BTO cases because it is a great skill of a candidate to extract the strategy issues from seemingly mundane information technology problems. What these cases show is that the outcome of the analyses is completely d...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 23, McKinsey Investment Cases

    Session 23: Development Areas, Regional-focus, Corporate Finance-Investments & Partner-style cases

    Corporate Finance cases elicit the same response in candidates as math does to the average person. Yet, corporate finance cases should be addressed like a math problem. First, a candidate needs t...