Originally Posted by clee1982
never went to the consulting route seriously, was way more into finance at the time. Any way I had interview with the big as well as the small. Generally the first round were pretty decent, second round can be brutal to ok, then they definitely try to kill you in the third round (if there was one, which was the case with all the small one I interviewed back then).
I don't know if kill is the correct term. I think (like an interview with any company) keeping your cool so that you can let your true self come through* is all you need. On the one hand, yeah you are interviewing with smart people, but at the end of the day, they're still humans that you can deal with like those from any walk of life. Also, McK's first round is only based on an aptitude test and Bain and BCG only use two rounds of interviews. That might just have been how things worked for the fall round in the southeast, but I think that's their general procedure. I didn't interview with Bain so that's conjecture from the interwebs on my part. Honestly, just try not to screw up the math, walk your way through the cases with the interviewer, follow any directional hints they give you, and be personable. I read a bit of Case in Point, but I can't say the live interviews matched the examples in that book. The live ones were more dynamic. McK cases were more structured than BCG, but neither were step by step walk throughs. *Cliche alert. Edit: Just saw AF covered this in far fewer words than me. My mom does still say I should've been a lawyer