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  • 1. + MBA Consulting Curriculum 2010-11: Continued Feedback Fit Interview Workshops J-P Martins Associate Director Consulting Careers November 2010
  • 2. + Contents   Summary   New Consulting Careers event – the Fit Interview Workshop   1 hour interactive presentation (group of 20) on personal brand and fit interviews   90 minute 5 person breakouts with CS/consulting facilitators practising answers to fit questions   30 minute wrap up presentation on lessons, cover letters, and next steps   Quantitative survey results   Collected and processed within one working day of the event   Using Survey Monkey and Career Central’s email facility   Comments attached to quantitative survey questions, plus two qualitative questions   What should we do differently?   What should we keep the same?
  • 3. + Summary   The event was excellently received   100% of respondents would recommend the Consulting Careers Fit Interview Workshop   Many excellent comments were made, highlighting (to me) that resourcing, DPO scheduling and communication are our challenges   As we knew, the main value comes from the practice in breakout groups, and students wanted much more of this. We could not accommodate more due to resource constraints   Clashes with other events kept many away (my inference) and forced others to make unreasonable choices   Some students remain unaware of the Consulting Curriculum and how the events fit together, and of the role of Consulting Careers team vs their own work in preparing for interviews   As with case interviews/problem solving, some students still want lots more examples and detail – I believe they are missing the point
  • 4. + Quantitative survey data
  • 5. + Fit Interview Workshop: all would recommend it strongly 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% The format and content of the workshop 1 25 9 were excellent The presenters and facilitators were 0 18 17 engaging and informative The event was well organised - logistics 1 16 18 and venue were appropriate I would strongly recommend this event to 0 17 18 next year's first year MBA students Disagree Strongly Disagree Agree Agree Strongly Response rate: 35/67 (52%)
  • 6. + Comments
  • 7. + Comments: Fit Interview Workshop Format and Content Presenter and Panellists   Should be stronger emphasis on practice   Short, informative and precise presentation. Really   Examples of different good answers would be really useful enjoyed the hands-on interview workshop!   Somehow the many 1-on-1 5 minute sessions did not go really well. I also missed clarity whether the response to the Tell Me   Kim provided feedback in a very helping way About Yourself question should be more like a super-polished ‘bomb’ or more conversational, engaging, and humble presentation of oneself   All presenters were excellent - insightful and extremely constructive   The individual break outs had too many people. 1:3 ratio of facilitator and interviewer would have been better   Gavin was an excellent presenter who combined   Overall excellent, but last 30 minute session was unnecessary relevant theory with useful practical insights   General presentation and especially the break in sessions were priceless   Pretty redundant information, stuff we should know already
  • 8. + Comments: Fit Interview Workshop (contd.) Organisation – venue and logistics General   It was very uncomfortable that many   It provided us valuable opportunities to events happened the same day - practice, and to meet other students Energy Conference, Asset Management who are interested in getting into Conference, and both Consulting and consulting Industry fit interview sessions. Would be good to avoid such clashes in the   The experiences of real consultants future were very helpful   The session was fantastic - definitely the best Career Services session I've attended so far (of the consulting and industry ones)
  • 9. + Fit Interview Workshop: What should we do differently? Overwhelming view: More practice in smaller breakouts   More time for group work will be better   …or alternatively spent more time practicing the questions (as opposed to the presentation)   Preserve some more time for fit interview exercise   Consider extending the duration of the session.   It would be great if more time could be allocated The content was extremely useful but it would to the event, especially to the practice session. have been good to offer additional time to address Probably an extra 30 minutes for this session more than one fit question per person in the would be enough break-out interview groups   More time to practise   More practice   Slightly shorter start session and move to the   More real examples break-out, which was very effective   If possible, reduce the candidate, facilitator ratio   …or alternatively spent more time practising the questions (as opposed to the presentation)   Smaller groups in breakout room to allow more questions per person   Consider extending the duration of the session. The content was extremely useful but it would   Smaller groups in the breakout sessions have been good to offer additional time to address more than one fit question per person in the   If possible, reduce the candidate, facilitator ratio break-out interview groups   The break-out sessions were exceptionally useful,   I realise resources are tight but always better if but a little short. You could shorten the groups are smaller. Most value came from introductory lecture -- that would give you time to personal feedback from facilitator, so groups of 2 have longer break-outs or 3 rather than 6 would give more opportunity for   I would spend more time in the break-out rooms individuals to practise their answers to questions and less time in the lecture theatre. This would allow more time to practise interview questions
  • 10. + Fit Interview Workshop: What should we do differently? (contd.) More/improved prework More example answers, demonstrations   You should either distribute more elaborated   Examples of different good answers instructions for what we need to prepare -   Demonstration of a good fit interview instructions were very general and preparation time limited - the result was that   Some good examples (both in written many people came underprepared. I think form and delivered by presenters) of Tell there was also a missing part in the workshop Me About Yourself would be very useful - we were taught all about personal branding,   A 15 minute mock interview can be shown and then went to practice the answers we prepared prior to that. giving an hour to refine   Maybe give more examples and more specific tips your answers according to what we heard, before practicing, would have been helpful   In addition to providing feedback on our answers to mock interview questions, it   Also, to ensure preparation of students I would would be helpful to provide sample require to submit filled in forms with answers that illustrate how best to strengths, brand etc approach and answer typical fit interview questions   It would be better if good examples for "Tell   Maybe adding some quick real examples me about yourself" and competency questions for the points being discussed in the first could be provided before the workshop session would help clarify the concepts   Question bank to be shared before the session and the thinking process required
  • 11. + Fit Interview Workshop: What should we do differently? (contd.) More detail Less detail   …Secondly, it would be great to include more guidance re a   The content of the framework for the C.A.R. / R.A.C. model - eg. the extent to which initial session was each of these points should be addressed in a concise, well- good but could have phrased answer and a suggested format for each. Thirdly, cover been condensed letters could be addressed in more detail. I understand that this is   The final 30 minute intended to be covered by Career Services without a sector focus segment could have in the new year, but it would be great to get a consulting-specific been cut entirely view point on this as the bar is often set higher for consulting cover letters than for say industry ones. Also, the timing of recruiting in   Presentations have January means that it would make more sense for cover letters to limited value given be addressed in more detail prior to the Christmas break the general nature of the information   It would be really useful to identify (if there are any) different provided important aspects for each of the top tier firms   More concrete general information about each consulting firm   I would incorporate more specific advices on how to differentiate ourselves   More information about the different consulting firms other than Bain, BCG and McK   More concrete, tangible cover letter tips and more samples
  • 12. + Fit Interview Workshop: What should we do differently? (contd.) Seven respondents wouldn’t change …and one wanted a different workshop anything… altogether   Overall very good   We should start concentrating more on cases   n/a   Fit preperation is good, but again, case   It´s ok interview could definitely be prioritized a little more   . -  Same respondent!   n/a   n/a   n/a
  • 13. + Fit Interview Workshop: What should we keep the same? Breakout practice sessions definitely the most popular   The 5:1 session was time very well spent   Interactive/Group sessions   Practice part was great, and so the opening   Interview practice! lecture   The break-out sessions   …and the practice session were very useful   Smaller groups were awesome   Practice   Small group break-out sessions with   Practice sessions were extremely helpful facilitators   Split groups into rooms   Break-outs were good   Keep the small group session on ‘tell me about   Breakout sessions but fewer in each breakout yourself’ and competency-based interview   5:1 session questions   The break out to practice helps tremendously   The breakout sessions were excellent   Break in sessions, Q&A   Strongly recommend increasing the 'practice' parts interview questions   The practice questions (more of it)   Breakout groups   Continue to invite MBA alumni at consultancies
  • 14. + Fit Interview Workshop: What should we keep the same? Prework is working well Overall, many like it   Pre-work   It´s a good format   Content was good, and will be very useful   Everything else - great work guys come interview time   Overall it's good   The pre-work sent out was concise and very relevant to the workshop itself.   Overall structure with practice in the middle was good Initial presentation also worked   Structure, content   The presentation with the exercises   Pretty much all of it   Group lesson & quick exercises   Introduction