I'd like to begin by welcome the newest member of our Advisory Board, Badreddin Edris.

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A longtime supporter of the MCN, Badreddin is a Stanford PhD in Genetics and is now a Consultant at Bain & Company, where he focuses on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. In addition to winning more awards and being published in more journals than he knows what to do with, Badreddin will be contributing to the MCN on various topics, including how to break into consulting as a graduate student. (Full bio below)

His first post is on the qualities that students must demonstrate in order to break into consulting. As a reminder, any and all posts on the MCN represent a personal viewpoint and are in no way, shape or form intended to represent an employer's views. See here for more details. 

Posted by Khaled Kteily on in Preparing For Interviews

As we hit the beginning of September, you should be ramping up your case preparation. One of the apps that I used a fair amount when preparing was 'Case Maestro' by Upward Mobility. This was most useful when I had a commute and no access to internet - 30 minutes on the subway every day lends itself well to using an app to prepare. 

What I liked about the app was that it covered strategy questions, accounting (which I was terrible at), and a math section among others. This app taught me the 'Rule of 72', which explains how long it takes for your money to double, and I actually used that concept in one of my interviews, so I hold a bit of a soft spot for it. I was using it on the BlackBerry, but they've got an iPhone app which is a lot more usable. 

 

One of my first managers once told me that the secret to getting things done is to "work smart, not hard". And while success will always require hard work, there are a few things you can do to make the process a little bit smoother for you. Short on time? London Business School has conducted an analysis on the most popular types of case interviews. By studying up on your approach to these types of cases, you can maximize your odds of success.

Posted by Khaled Kteily on in Preparing For Interviews

I was recently at a case workshop for McGill students and I shared a story about one of my first ever case experiences. I thought that it would be worthwhile to share here as well. The following is an explanation of the right and wrong way to ask a question in a case interview.

Short answer: Unfortunately not!

Long answer: Click through to read why not.

Posted by Khaled Kteily on in Preparing For Interviews

It's funny how little things can have an impact on your application. One of those little things is having ready access to your e-mail at all times. Click through to see just how this can affect your candidacy.