However, as I go through all of the channel as well as your website, I can’t seem to find any information as to what questions to ask in consulting interviews. Please notice that I am not referring to those questions everybody has to ask during the case for content purposes. I refer to more of the behavior part of the interview. Can you provide a few thoughts on this?
This article is NOT about the consulting questions you may receive in case interviews. It’s about the questions you may ask the interviewer after the case part.
For a comprehensive and detailed guide on the former case, you can check out this article on Case Interview Questions, where I break down the 8 possible question types to help you best prepare for the most difficult job interviews out there.
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Regarding questions to ask in consulting interviews (not in the case part), there’s so many ways to be “right” here but there are also so many ways to be “wrong”. So rather than giving you some concrete questions, I would like to give you the principles. If you can firmly grasp them, you will always ask good questions and still have the flexibility to go with the mood and the style of each context and each interviewer.
I am in the mood for some DOs & DON’Ts so let’s do it that way.
Ask open-ended questions
Being specific doesn’t mean not asking open-ended questions.
Please notice that in the good example, I still left just about enough room for the interviewer to elaborate and go on as much as he / she likes.
Consultants don’t like generic stuff. In fact, we hate them.
Once in while I get generic questions like “Hi Kim, how to prepare for case interview?”. As much as we love to talk about consulting, we just can’t stand those.
So the basic rule is: don’t ask questions that people can write a whole book to answer.
Center on the interviewer
Everybody loves talking about themselves, regardless of whether they admit it or not. It’s just basic psychology that every brain subconsciously does. So your job is to take advantage of that.
Don’t ask too many questions about the project, the office, or the other partners. Ask about the interviewer!
The best way to make the case interview session entertaining for the interviewer, and to make you memorable, is to ask interesting and unique questions.
Don’t ask questions the interviewer has probably heard millions of times before. Go for those that he / she has never gotten before!
Implicitly show off your
Ask questions that you can
I hope (in fact, I believe) that this has been a fun and informative article for you. You can see that there are so many traditional “good questions to ask” being criticized above. Consulting is a unique field and so the questions for it need to be different.
So with all of that said, what do you think? What are some good questions to ask in a consulting interview that you can think of? Comment below and we can have a wonderful discussion.
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