JOB & INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
BROWN RECRUITING PROGRAM
Many employers participate in the Recruiting Program during fall and spring semesters and some conduct interviews in the CareerLAB. All positions in the recruiting program are posted on the Brown Job & Internship Board (JIB).
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Overview of the Interview Process
The consulting interview process consists of two parts: the personal experience interview and the business case portion. The personal experience interview consists of a “get to know” conversation including questions about your resume, motivations to become a consultant, strengths, experiences working in teams, and many other possible scenarios. The case portion of the interview consists of the interviewer presenting a business problem, often one the consultant has actually faced, to consider. During the case portion (often 75% of a 30 minute to 1 hour interview) interviewees are expected to logically, creatively, and in a structured manner describe how theywould approach the problem. While problem solving skills and the ability to present logical arguments and hypotheses are skills that Ph.D., masters, law degree, and medical degree students have in spades, the ability to think on the spot and coherently address issues relevant to businesses takes practice.
There are a few general suggestions from alumni to consider when preparing for the interview. First, do not neglect preparing for the personal interview section of the interview. While performing well on the case is a necessary component of getting a job, it is not a sufficient criteria. Interviewees should come prepared to answer the commonly asked interview questions with stories that demonstrate the interviewee’s key abilities and achievements. Secondly, when interviews come, there are often up to five in one day so be prepared to spend many hours each week for the months preceding interviews practicing and building stamina. A benchmark is to practice cases with a partner (NEVER ALONE) 3-5 times per week for two months before interviews. Finally, when applying for firms, remember that consulting jobs are very difficult to land. However, with enough determination, enough preparation, enough networking with companies, and by spreading your job search net wide you will be able to enter this exciting industry!
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Major Consulting Firms
Bain & Company
The Boston Consulting Group
Booz & Company
Ernst & Young
IBM Global Business Services
Katzenbach Partners LLC
McKinsey & Company
NERA Economic Consulting
OC&C Strategy Consultants
The Parthenon Group
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
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Adrian J Slywotzky: Partner at Oliver Wyman and author of such books as The Profit Zone, The Art of Profitability, The Upside, and most recently, Demand. @ASlywotzky
Research, publications, webcasts & information on the financial, accounting & consulting services of EY member firms. @EYnews
Bain & Company serves global clients on issues of strategy, operations, technology, organization and mergers and acquisitions. @BainAlerts
L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses industry expertise & analytical rigor to help solve clients’ most critical business problems. @LEK_Consulting
Latest news from and about firms in the PwC worldwide network. @pwc_press
ZS Associates @ZSAssociates A global leader in sales and marketing consulting, outsourcing, technology and software. Follow us for the latest company news and updates.
Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. @OliverWyman
The business journal of @McKinsey & Company. Our goal is to offer new ways of thinking about management in the private, public, & nonprofit sector. @McKQuarterly
Accenture Follow us for updates on Accenture research, blogs, podcasts and more. Tweets by the Accenture Twitter Team. @Accenture
Deloitte Sharing the latest news, research, events and more from Deloitte Touche @Deloitte
Investment Banking Resources
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Wall Street Journal
Careers in Finance
Mergers & Inquisitions – Guide to breaking into investment banking, includes info on financial modeling
Investment Banking Resumes Blog - A blog for undergraduates and young bankers – cover letters, resume writing and interviewing skills, just for investment banks.
Fins – Career information on sectors within finance
One Wire – Career information and job listings