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Ryan
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Hi everyone, 

I'm currently working as an Internal Auditor and would like to pursue Management Consulting as a career. I would really appreciate if someone here could answer the following questions so I can plan my strategy accordingly. 

1. What kind of spikes do recruiters look at while screening a potential candidate's profile?

2. Is it possible to break into Management Consulting with poor grades and an MBA from a lower tier B School?

 

 

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AfnanAhmed
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Hello Ryan,

It's great that you are interested in Management Consulting and here is my opinion on your questions:

1. Recruiters look for stand-out candidates, and it's about making an impact through your resume/cover letter. The best advice I can give for this is to make sure you quantify the impact of any initiative or projects you have worked upon and mention how you achieved it.

2. With poor grades, I think it would be difficult unless you are able to justify them with exceptional engagement in extra-curricular activities. Moreover, networking is super important, even more so than being from a target school, but again this might vary from region to region.

Hope this helps. Cheers!

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Ryan
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@afnanahmed

Thank you, Afnan!

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Robison
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Hi Ryan,

For starters, Internal Audit is a great way in my opinion to kick start a career in Consultancy.

1 The Potential Candidate

Recruiter's prefer candidates with integrated Soft and Hard skills. As AfnanAhmed suggested, how you present your self can play a crucial role, this is one of the Soft Skills that we should attend to.

Especially in the consultancy trade, Soft and Hard skills are complementary. One without the other just puts you off balance.

Core competencies that might be assessed are: 

1. Situational Judgement

2. Cognitive Functioning

3. Inductive/Dedutive reasoning

4. Numerical Reasoning

As an Internal Auditor the above practices can be slowly developed, believe me it takes time to get it right.

2 Paper Qualifications?

I have seen people with countless degrees and exceptional grades failing to perform a simple practical task where as, people who worked it through experience achieving milestones.

I do not criticize Paper Qualifications, it's non-negotiable to have achieved good grades, but this does not necessarily mean its over. The commitment and determine you have can drive you forward. A simple book that you read might become a key to your success.

If you present your self well in your Resume/CV, you might have to go through certain aptitude tests in order to get selected, if you can perform and prove yourself via thise tests you are good to go.


Remember skills can always be developed, our brain have immense potential to do unbelievable things. Have a clear attitude in what you do, by the end of the day you might get recruited for just that.

Take absolute advantage of being an Internal Auditor, thats a great cornerstone.

 

Cheers!!

 

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Ryan
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@Robison Thank you for your response, Robison. That helps a lot!

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theabundancepsyche
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Ryan, there are two key things firms look for to hire you as a consultant:

  • Do you know your story, i.e. do you know what problem your previous roles were trying to solve and how you (not your team) helped them solve it and what was the quantifiable result?
  • Do you pass the airport test, i.e. if I had to be on a flight with you and not talk about work, are you an interesting person to talk to?

 

After that obviously there's the case etc. but if you don't have those two, as an ex-consulting hiring manager, I'd not hire you.

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