Consulting Exit Opportunities

Well folks, it's been fun, but after exit offers with Google and AWS (non technical roles), I'm off to become an Amazonian. Happy to share insights about what I learned during the process.

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You seem to know what’s you’re talking about. Congrats! Do you have a long term goal in mind? How long were you with Booz? And when did you know it was time to go? Just curious about the timeline of leaving consulting for an industry role and at what level should one leave for best ROI. I’m 1yr at Acn, and thought about leaving multiple times lol

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Happy to respond in a DM. The information will get a little personally identifying.

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Thanks OP! It’s very informative. Just had an onsite interview with Google (non tech PgM) and can relate to what you’re saying. They told me that they prefer to hire generalists because the environment is pretty ambiguous and the skills relevant today might not be relevant tomorrow. So it looks like a deliberate hiring strategy. I do like what you said about AWS though. Didn’t apply with them unfortunately.

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As a bitter someone who: 1) Hasn’t ever gotten an interview with Google 2) Turned down AWS because of the poor interview experience/bad culture vibes 3) Currently interviewing with Microsoft I would love to hear your thought process!

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Beyond what I've posted above, I think I just clicked with the AWS team. My recruiting process was fantastic and very professional at both. I really just got the feeling that Google wanted me to be just like them and would punish me for being different, whereas AWS encouraged me to have a backbone and push back - even during my interviews.

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Hey OP- super helpful post, in a very similar position myself right now in terms of looking to transition. Possible to share the non-technical AWS role?

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Hi OP, hope you see this and respond in time. I have an interview coming up tomorrow in AWS financial services sector. This is second round telephonic interview. Any advice will be helpful. (Background: 10 years in product development investment banking, 2 years in Cloud managed services, MBA finance and undergraduate in computer science) Your post has been very helpful already!

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Unless you have a very specific question, nothing to add beyond the above. I never talked to any of the FS guys so I can't offer any specific info applicable to them.

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Congrats! I have an upcoming in person interview with Amazon, but in retail, not AWS. Any tips on things to do that contributed to your success and you think are applicable for interviews at Amazon in general?

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It's nothing you haven't heard before, but focus on the 14 leadership principles when preparing. All of the questions will be behavioral: "Tell me about a time when... They're going to analyze your answers in the context of the 14 principles and how well you rank against each. There's one interview called the "bar raiser" interview that's a 2 on 1. That interview is a litmus test for the entire decision. They want to know if you raise the bar for the team examining your soft skills, not your technical knowledge. It's going to be with folks that aren't from the team you're interviewing with, so take some time to think about how to set the stage about your experience to someone that doesn't understand your field. Also, don't be afraid to talk about your mistakes. Be upfront with what you did wrong, what the consequences were and how you've grown or changed since then. Be honest about what you like, what you don't like, what you're not good at, and where you rise above your peers. One particularly interesting question I was asked was, 'which of the 14 principles speak to you the most and why.' I went on to talk about how I got into trouble when I became emotionally invested in a client's mission (ownership) and stood up to him when he wanted to pursue a strategy that would elevate his career but damage his organization (have backbone: disagree and commit).

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