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MBB Experienced Hire 🐠 - did you have strategy experience when you applied to MBB? I have some Tech, and M&A experience. Do you think I can be a good candidate (applying at Assoc/Consultant level).

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Lol no you don’t need strategy experience. But how would we know if you can be a good candidate without understanding your experience or achievements? Most of MBB looks at two things: track record of success, and behavioural fit. That means, are you awesome at whatever you’ve done? Cool. Also, are you the kind of person who might enjoy and excel at consulting (e.g., problem solving expertise)? Great. Can you do a case well? Awesome. Then, based on qualities you express in the interview we’ll make the final decision. It’s not rocket science to get in but it is difficult to stand out at the resume stage. Few things that help are: + experience that shows you go beyond the role you’ve been assigned (it’s not impressive that you manage 10 people if the average person at your position in your company also manages 10 people) + GPA >3.8/4 + GMAT or GRE or some other standardized test >90th percentile (ideally 95th) + large number of scholarships or awards recognizing you (e.g., top 30 under 30 locally or something) All of that helps.

I had a similar profile... suggest taking the GMAT to prove your interest in business, study hard for the case interview, and work your network to get a first round interview

Agree with McK1 - I did a lateral move from a heavy engineering / operations focused background. If you are a good fit - you are in. Strategy skills can be learnt OTJ

Thanks everyone! Very helpful! I don’t think I’m gonna take GMAT just for this but will definitely practice case interviews as much as I can (I got few months).

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