Consultants’ “hacks” on collecting, absorbing and articulating information

This post is based on a question I answered on Quora. The original question was: “Do Management consultants have any good hacks for collecting, absorbing and articulating information?

Here goes my reply:

First of all: There are few “hacks” in the meaning of “shortcut”. Being a good management consultant ain’t easy. Every time you think you got it all down, you discover the next level of things to learn and master. I’m 10 years in, and this still happens regularly.

On collecting information:

  • Before capturing/interviewing/collecting, you need to think all the way through to the result and the presentation of the result.

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What is the right response to a bad recruiting inquiry?

Great headhunters have great searchers – the people who fill the funnel, do the initial screening, first contact and setting up of the first interview. But how do you deal with those who are not so great, and send you copy-paste job offers which do not fit your profile?

In general: Treat people well, so that your mum would be proud. But there are many shades of “well”. You want to keep the valuable contacts active and get rid of the rest in a cordial fashion.

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How to rock a prepared case study for a consulting interview

This post is based on an answer I gave on Quora. The original question was: “How should I prepare and what should I notice when I get a case study sent to my email to be presented in and for a management consulting interview?”

Here goes:

Realize this:

  • This is a great opportunity – you get the question in advance! You have time to prepare and rehearse!
  • This is also a great challenge. You get the question in advance – you have time to prepare and rehearse → there is absolutely no excuse for not nailing this task.

Then go and do the work:

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