This argument came up on /r/consulting recently (reddit, you know!) when discussing the need for presentation designers:
by the time you write up what you want in the slides to hand off, and the time you spend reviewing and tweaking (or writing up what needs tweaked), you’ll have spent as much time, if not more, had you just done it yourselves (Original thread)
Here’s what I have to say about this:
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.
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?”
- 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:
This post first appeared as an answer of mine on Quora. The original question was: What are good side projects for an aspiring management consultant?
I’ll have to lead with a little rant: After ten years in the game, I am sick and tired of „tuned CV’s“, where the dominant passion you see is not doing things because they are the right thing to do _right now_, but because they might lead to something „better“ in the future. Please: If you are looking for a side project, do stuff you actually want and like to do.
Now, for the professional reply: This depends upon your current situation, I divided this simply into „currently employed“ and „currently a student“.