Navigating the Full-Time Consulting Recruitment Process as a Second Year of MBA candidate

As a second-year MBA student at Tepper, I found myself in a unique position. Having explored various industries during my first year, I realized that I hadn’t given the consulting sector the attention it deserved. Thankfully, a two-year MBA program offers the flexibility to explore different industries for internships and full-time positions. In this blog post, I will share my experience with full-time consulting recruitment and how it differs from internship recruitment, as well as the role of the Tepper community in my journey.

The Full-Time Consulting Recruitment Process:

Full-time consulting recruitment is similar to internship recruitment in many ways. Both processes involve writing resumes and cover letters, networking through coffee chats, attending corporate presentations and events, and preparing for case interviews and behavioral interviews. However, there is one key difference: the timeline. Full-time recruitment is accelerated, taking place within a span of just five weeks post-internship. To succeed in this fast-paced environment, you need a well-thought-out strategy.

Developing a Strategy:

As my internship drew to a close, I reached out to classmates who were interning at consulting firms to learn about their recruitment experiences. This firsthand feedback helped me create a tailored plan of action. Due to the compressed timeline, I had to simultaneously work on multiple tasks, such as building my resume, networking, and practicing for interviews.

The Master’s Career Center (MCC) and Tepper Consulting Club (TCC) were instrumental in my preparations. They helped me create a strong resume and provided resources for interview practice. Additionally, the TCC assigned a mentor to coach me in case preparation.

The Power of Collaboration:

One crucial aspect of consulting preparation is collaboration. The Tepper community’s strength lies in its willingness to support and help one another. Whether it was classmates, seniors, or alumni, I never encountered a refusal when seeking advice or feedback on mock interviews. This supportive ecosystem enabled me to get ready for interviews in a short amount of time.

Even though the process requires dedication and hard work, the Tepper family makes it much more manageable. The satisfaction of receiving a consulting offer made all the effort worthwhile.

Tepper Sets people up to Success:

In conclusion, the journey to securing a full-time consulting position during your second year of MBA at Tepper School of Business is challenging yet rewarding. The accelerated timeline requires you to approach the process with a well-thought-out strategy, balancing multiple tasks at once. The Tepper community’s collaborative nature and the support from the TCC are invaluable assets in this journey.

If you find yourself in a similar position, remember to lean on your Tepper network and stay committed to the process. With hard work, perseverance, and the support of your peers, you, too, can achieve your consulting career aspirations.

Daniel Justus | MBA 2023
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