Securing a consulting interview
Competition for consulting interview slots is intense, with 80-90%
of all applications rejected at the initial screening stage
You need to make sure your stand out from the crowd
Follow these hints and tips to make sure you give yourself the
best possible chance of success...
Understand any specific requirements to be included in the
application. Do they need you to include an academic transcript?
Do you need to provide references? If so, what type and how
many? Do you need to specify an office, or a specific function of
interest within the firm?
The more organised you appear, the better the impression you
will make. And of course make sure you get your application in
well within the deadline - emailing it through a few minutes
before midnight on the final day is not a good look...
Do your research
Consulting firms invest a lot of money in hiring and training new
recruits. So they want people who have the commitment and
motivation to stick around for long enough to repay that
You can demonstrate your commitment by doing your research
and really knowing about the firms you're applying to. In reality,
a lot of consulting firms are pretty similar to each other, but they
all think they are unique, and being able to demonstrate you
understand what makes them unique will help make your cover
letter stand out...
Demonstrate how you meet their
Read through your CV and ask yourself how good a job it does in
showing how you meet the typical selection criteria of consulting
firms. Would the reader pick up on your leadership qualities, your
drive and determination, and interest in business.
If you have areas where you are not so strong, what actions
can you take to address it? The sooner you start thinking about
your CV, the more time you have to deal with any areas where
you are not so strong...
One of the best ways to get an interview with a consulting firm is
to get referred by one of their current employees
Most firms encourage referrals from current staff
With social networks, university alumni societies, and on campus
consulting events, there are plenty of ways you can actively
network with employees at your target firms
Impress them with your enthusiasm and interest, and it could
pay big dividends...
Build your network
Your cover letter and CV are an ideal opportunity for you to show
that you can put together polished and professional looking
If you are not a native English speaker, make sure your documents
are reviewed by a native speaker with a professional background
If you're not confident with Microsoft Word and struggle with the
formatting and presentation, consider getting your documents
professionally drafted for you by us...
Make sure your CV and cover
letter look professional
No matter how good you are on paper, there is inevitably an
element of luck involved in getting through the application
Give yourself the best possible chance of getting through to the
interview stage, apply to a number of firms - if you're interested in
PWC, apply to the rest of the Big 4 as well
Unless you are applying for a very niche field, aim to apply to a
good number of firms (at least 5, and maybe 10 or more)...
Don't put all your eggs in one
It's never nice getting rejected by a consulting firm, but try to
learn from it - get some feedback on why you didn't get offered
Get your CV and cover letter reviewed by someone else who
might be able to highlight any weaknesses
Finally, remember that most consultants have been rejected
plenty of times themselves in the past, but they didn't give up...
Don't give up
Consulting school helps candidates secure their
dream job in consultancy. We provide coaching
and support to guide applicants through every
stage of the consulting recruitment process.