I have a question regarding hiring people who already have a background in consulting. What are the chances of small-time boutique consulting firm alumni to apply successfully to a top tier firm?
I'm pretty sure I could easily land a gig at some boutique consulting firms, there are LOTS of them where I live and worked for one before going to graduate school (I'll be out of it in 6 months). And I thought could use some experience as leverage to get into a bigger firm, Im even considering working in a small firm again and wait out a year or so before applying to top tier.
Disclosure: I´m not on the US and top-tier firms DO recruit in my university, but it is normally limited to undergrads applying to BA type positions.
One of my colleagues at McKinsey had exactly the same background as you do. Here's what she did. She got in to Harvard Business School and graduated as a Baker Scholar (top 10%). I think the b-school serves as a good transition point especially if you get into a top program and do well.
When I was at McKinsey, it was policy to interview 100% of all applicants from Stanford GSB or HBS irrespective of consulting resume or CV.