IN this post we consider some consulting interview basics: what to expect, what to wear, and what to bring.
1. What to Expect
Consultants are the public face of a consulting firm, and firms need to be able to trust consultants to interact with senior clients including CEOs and executive board members. As a result, consulting interviews are a rigorous process designed to assess not only an applicant’s analytical skills but also their confidence and professionalism.
2. What To Wear
Professionalism includes not only what you say, but also how you say it and how you appear. You should arrive at interviews looking as though you are already a consultant with the firm.
For men, appropriate interview attire includes a dark pressed suit, clean and ironed shirt (white or light blue are safe colours), tie, dark belt, dark socks, and dark polished shoes.
For women, appropriate interview attire includes a dark suit, blouse, stockings, and nice shoes.
3. What To Bring
It is a good idea to bring the following items with you to the interview:
- A black leather portfolio containing a pad of graph paper and a couple of pens. You will need to take notes during the case question;
- A few copies of your resumé – one for your reference and a few additional copies for your interviewers.
[For more information on the consulting interview, download “The HUB’s Guide to the Consulting Interview“.]