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 (later, MConsultingPrep), one of the leading platforms in the niche. Over the 10-year history, MConsultingPrep pioneered many important practices:
- The first to develop a granular, question-type-based prep approach for the McKinsey Problem-Solving Test.
- The first to start a modern YouTube Channel and teaching case interviews in visual formats (which remains one of the most subscribed consulting prep channel to this day).
- The first to develop an online-based prep platform for the McKinsey Problem-Solving Game and 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).