In every system, there’s a point where the system can not do more. In a car, this limit is denoted by the gauge that measures the engine’s revolutions per minute (RPM). When you step on the accelerator, the RPMs zoom up. However, you’ll notice the top end of the gauge is marked in red. This [...]

Question: I am a loyal subscriber of your emails and a big fan who also benefited a lot from your case interview materials. I have aimed to enter the consulting industry as my career goal, and I have tried it once with a emerging consultancy, I got the chance to do my second case, but [...]

Question: It was really fascinating to read your today’s email about landing a McKinsey offer while coming from advertising. Because this is exactly what I’m going through now: I work in a top ad agency in [European city] and I’m in a middle of my preparation process for interviews in MBB. In case you would be so kind [...]

In school, you get the grade you objectively earn. In the workplace, what you get isn’t as objective. In many cases, you get what you convince someone else to give you. Want that promotion? You need to convince someone. Want a raise? You need to convince someone. Want a budget for your project? You need [...]

The following success stories come from readers who have successfully landed offers with international McKinsey firms. I hope that you can gain some insight from their stories if you are in a similar situation. Success Story: I want to thank you for your help. I did get an incredible job at a McKinsey subsidiary which [...]

Question: I think your site is wonderful, and I really appreciate the work that you do. Yesterday I got the call from McKinsey and BCG and both have accepted me for positions.  Now it comes down to weighing the options! Thanks so much! P.S. Do you have any thoughts on McKinsey vs. BCG? My Reply: [...]

Sometimes, life throws us an obstacle. In the moment, most people’s reaction (mine included) is to get irritated at the obstacle and at the detours needed to overcome it. To paraphrase the late Steve Jobs, all the “detours” (my word choice, not his) make sense in hindsight, even if they don’t in the moment. Through [...]

I was recently holding office hours for my Inner Circle members. One of my members asked me what to do about a lack of confidence in his financial modeling skills. He was concerned that his insecurity around this area would hold him back. I asked him a simple question. “Are you good at financial modeling [...]

In a world of competing agendas, it’s inevitable that you will have a conflict of interest with a client, colleague, or boss. This is particularly true in consulting firms, law firms, and investment banks. Conflicts of interest come from having more than one role or relationship in a particular situation. Here are some examples: A) [...]

When a medical student becomes a doctor, he or she is asked to take the Hippocratic Oath. The oath comes from a 2,500-year-old Greek medical text that requires new physicians to abide by a code of conduct.  This code includes its most famous phrase, which is loosely translated as “First, do no harm.” In essence, [...]

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