Consulting “fit” interview workshop



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Consulting “fit” interview workshop

  • Nina Tandon, PhD
  • October 8, 2010
  • 4pm, Mudd 337
  • Columbia University Consulting Club

Agenda

  • About Me…
  • What is a “fit interview”?
  • General advice
  • Breakout groups
  • Recap

Agenda

  • About Me…
  • What is a “fit interview”?
  • General advice
  • Breakout groups
  • Recap

About Me…

  • PS/IS 217
  • High School (Dominican Academy)
  • University (Cooper Union) Electrical Engineering
  • 1 summer in London making electronic musical instruments
  • 11 years studying yoga
  • 2 years at telecommunications company
  • 1 year in Rome
  • Masters of Bioelectrical Engineering (MIT)
  • PhD Columbia , Biomedical Engineering, 5/2009
  • Consultant at McKinsey 5/2009-5/2010
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Dept of Pharmacology

My McKinsey Resume…

  • Conducted research and analysis for client service projects, including:
  • Market research for a major pharmaco to understand ophthalmologists' treatment algorithms in Europe
  • Organizational structure for the R&D groups of a joint venture between two major pharmacos
  • Global market scan of pharmacy benefits to locate areas for international growth for a US-based pharmacy benefits management company
  • Developed US strategy for biologics products for a major pharmaco
  • Performed brand valuation for a mature division of major pharmaco

Agenda

  • About Me…
  • What is a “fit interview”?
  • General advice
  • Breakout groups
  • Recap

Recipe for “success”

Common types of “fit” questions…

  • Please take a minute and run me through your resume
  • What do you think makes a good management consultant?
  • Tell me your greatest professional weakness
  • What drew you to McKinsey/Bain/BCG/etc?
  • What motivated you to look into consulting careers?
  • Have you dealt with a difficult person? If so, explain how you managed the situation.
  • Describe a scenario where you lead a team in the face of a major obstacle.
  • Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership.
  • Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone of something.

Pick a question…identify the “unasked questions”

  • From: http://www.brazencareerist.com, personal experience
  • Have you dealt with a difficult person? If so, explain how you managed the situation.
  • Describe a scenario where you lead a team in the face of a major obstacle.
  • Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership
  • Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone of something

“Fit” interviews: not just achievement, but skills!

Fatal flaws…

  • Not selling yourself enough
  • Not providing a structured answer
  • Too generic
  • From” http://www.brazencareerist.com
  • Image: http://www.theartwheredreamscometrue.com/

Practical, personal

  • vs
  • Self-deprecating
  • Self-aggrandizing
  • Self-aware

Structured responses…

  • Tell them what you’re gonna tell them
  • Tell them
  • Tell them what you just told them

Be your own paparazzo

Agenda

  • About Me…
  • What is a “fit interview”?
  • General advice
  • Breakout groups
  • Recap

General advice on how to approach fit interview

Memory

A Note on Delivery

  • Grammar:
  • Make sure it’s right
  • Pronunciation:
  • Speak clearly, slowly
  • BREATHE!

Flattery will get you everywhere: Do your research!

  • Snoop around
  • Note your impressions
  • Interdisciplinary?
  • Collaborative?
  • If you say “nice dress” make sure they’re wearing dresses!

Facebook/Myspace/Friendster/Blogs/Google

  • If you search yourself, what do you find?

And then, it’s usually your turn to ask a question, don’t throw it away!

  • Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNBIyGxV7Ek
  • Chris Farley interviews Paul McCartney

Agenda

  • About Me…
  • What is a “fit interview”?
  • General advice
  • Breakout groups
  • Recap

Pick a question…identify the “unasked questions”

  • From: http://www.brazencareerist.com, personal experience
  • Have you dealt with a difficult person? If so, explain how you managed the situation.
  • Describe a scenario where you lead a team in the face of a major obstacle.
  • Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership.
  • Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone of something.

Agenda

  • About Me…
  • What is a “fit interview”?
  • General advice
  • Breakout groups
  • Recap

General advice on how to approach fit interview

  • Preparation:
  • Write it down first
  • practice
  • Game-time:
  • Answer the questions that are asked
  • Tell a story
  • Be specific
  • Concentrate on your role
  • Avoid clichés

Resources

  • Consulting Club
  • Student Careers Office
  • Personal coaches (ask me for references)
  • Me: nmt2104@columbia.edu

Thank you!

  • Questions?


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