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Career Guide: Tips for MBAs: Consulting

Getting Started

Step 1: The most important step! Begin by scheduling an appointment with your professional career advisor, Jacob Lehman. He will help you define your career goals and coordinate your efforts. He can help you make the connection between your background and interests to potential roles and types of employers.

After meeting with Jacob, read suggested career books and outline your approach. Some suggested titles are listed.

Step 2: Target your search by creating lists of consulting companies in specific regions or those that work with specific industries. Create a list of potential contacts at each company.

Step 3: Research the companies you are interviewing with, the industry overall, the industries they consult in, and the clients they work with. See suggested resources for company and industry research below.

Step 4: Talk to Jacob, second-year students, and alumni about jobs, companies, and interviewing.

Pay attention to advice on how to contact alumni and potential employers. Learn how to craft an engaging message to get your foot in the door. You want to make a good first impression!

Researching Companies & Industries

In addition to the usual industry and company research sources, those on a consulting career path will want to do some targeted research.

Behavioral interview questions (e.g. "Tell me about a time when you encountered a problem and how you solved it.") are often asked so prep for that along with the case questions. Review information in the interview database section of JPAY.

Case Questions & Interview Tips