Interview preparation

Strategy consulting interviews have a legendary reputation. They are known for presenting candidates with difficult case studies, numerically difficult problems and hard-to-solve puzzles.

Applicants who are granted an interview will have credentials that demonstrate a record of excellence, that you have demonstrated sufficient appreciation for how strategy consulting works and why you believe that Global Advisors is the right firm for you. The interview will test whether you have what it takes to be a strategy consultant.

We expect that applicants demonstrate sufficient preparation for their consulting interview. They will be tested on their responses to past experiences, together with a typical consulting case interview. You will also be given a topic for a short written essay (to be completed in the interview) – this cannot be prepared for. There are a wide variety of resources that might assist you with your preparation for your interview. We encourage you to consult these but caution that learned responses are apparent to the interviewer and do not work given the specific nature of case details. You should prepare to ensure you demonstrate your capability.

The following list represents some resources to get you started.

Websites Books

The Vault career guide to Management Consulting

Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation

How to Get Into the Top Consulting Firms: A Surefire Case Interview Method

Vault Guide to the Case Interview

Ace Your Case! Consulting Interviews (WetFeet Insider Guide)

Dangerous Company: The Consulting Powerhouses and the Businesses They Save and Ruin

FT Guide to Strategy: How to create, pursue and deliver a winning strategy

The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy: Classic Concepts and New Perspectives

Perspectives on Strategy from The Boston Consulting Group

The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World

The McKinsey Engagement

The McKinsey Mind

The McKinsey Way

Flawless Consulting

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