Consulting Resources for Underclass Students
The Career Center recommends that first-year, sophomore, and junior students take the following steps to explore their career interests in consulting:
- Attend Explore 101: Career Options and Explore 201: Networking workshops. These workshops are offered throughout the semester. Visit Handshake for a schedule and to register.
- Meet with a Peer Advisor to work on your resume. Visit Handshake to schedule an appointment.
- Join a student club related to your career interests. Visit the student club website for the list of current clubs.
- Join the Hamilton Consulting Group.
- Attend employer information sessions for firm(s) that are in your area of career interest – this is another way to explore different career fields. Visit Handshake for a list of employer information sessions.
- Consider reading the following resources on the consulting industry:
- Firsthand (formerly Vault)
- Management Consulting: A Complete Guide to the Industry by Sugata Biswas
- Consulting Case 101 - search “Interview with Seasoned Consultants” for relevant articles
- Management Consulted - subscription-based website but worth investing in if you are serious about the career field
- Network with alumni working in consulting. Meet with your career advisor to talk about the best networking strategies. Schedule a career advisor appointment on Handshake.
Understanding and answering case interview questions are critical to landing a job in consulting. Case interviewing is a bit like learning a foreign language and you need to know it in-depth to succeed. The resources below will get you started, but the real key is practice, practice - and practice again. Team up with your fellow students, alumni, family members; whoever is willing to ask you the questions and give you feedback.
Understanding the Case Interview & Practice Questions:
- Firsthand (formerly Vault)
- Case in Point by Marc Consentino
- Ace the Case - general case prep, also sell books of questions
- Consulting Case 101 -Search case interview questions by type, by industry, by company
- Management Consulted - - subscription-based website but worth investing in if you are serious about the career field. They also offer boot camps during breaks!
On-Line Case Interview Overview and Practice – Consulting Firms:
Many firms have this type of information on their sites – here are just a few. Make sure you check others of interest to you:
Concepts for Further Thought and Research:
Below are some of the analytical processes used when framing your answers to case questions. It is a good idea to develop a basic understanding of each one:
- Marketing: Four P’s of Marketing (Product, Price, Promotion, Place)
- Product Life Cycle (model and terminology)
- Business and Competition (barriers to entry, SWOT analysis)
- Company Analysis (Four C’s-Customers, Competitors, Capacity, Cost)
- Porter’s Five Forces (Potential entrants, suppliers, buyers, substitutes, and industry competitors)