Kim studied Accounting at Brigham Young University (the No.1 Accounting Program in the US at the time), where an audit career at one of the Big 4 firms is almost a default option for 90% of students. The other 9% was going to Investment Banking. Kim did a summer audit internship at KPMG and realized he wanted something more. He started to study case interviews at night and wrote down his learning to a blog called McKinseyPrep.
The blog was a personal journal of how Kim structured his study approach: how to maximize learning given the limited time budget. He would devote a very specific portion of his time to specific aspects of case prep, seizing every opportunity to get a little better every day. McKinseyPrep grew quickly, getting tens of thousands of visits monthly in just 3 months.
Kim went on to interview with McKinsey and received 5 “strong-hire” out of 5 interviews he did and became one of the youngest consultants ever joined the Firm. He never finished college.
After quitting McKinsey, the little blog became Management Consulting Prep, a leading platform in the niche. Over the 10-year history, MConsultingPrep pioneered many important practices:
- 1st to break down the McKinsey PST into question types
- 1st to start a modern Youtube Channel and teaching case interview in visual formats
- 1st to develop an online-based practice program for the BCG Potential Test
Kim shared a portion of his time doing other start-ups (most already failed), boutique consulting works, and air sports (where he almost died once).