We hear success stories from our students almost every day.
It’s an honor to have been a part of their journey, and I’m proud to share some of these stories here with you.
Unlike many others in the case interview space, we don’t give you frameworks to memorize, or other BS that sounds (and really is) too good to be true.
That’s because we’re focused in teaching you to think like a consultant, not in gaming the interview.
And this takes work. A lot of work.
I choose these stories because I believe they might inspire you. Hopefully, they’ll show you that this hard work pays off.
This is especially useful for your bad days, maybe after a dragged mock interview that left you asking yourself whether all this really is worth it.
I hope to see your email on this wall soon 🙂
"I just withdrew from other firms as soon as McK called"
I used to think you absolutely needed to do mock interviews before doing our free course, but recently I’ve been reconsidering my stances.
I’ve seen many people report that they did the course before doing any mocks (and they got offers), so you can probably pull this off as well.
I’ll keep my common warning though: you’ve gotta do mocks at some point.
Not doing them at all (or postponing them to the last minute which is basically the same) is running a huge risk of fooling yourself regarding your true skills. You’ve got to put them to a reality test, and the sooner you do that, the better.
"I was originally very skeptical about your free course"
Wow, that was a wild ride, and a long read.
Eric had mixed results at first, failing his final round at BCG, his first round at Bain, and not even getting interviews at McKinsey. Then he found a sketchy free course by two random guys online (which would be Bruno and I), which made him realize how shallow and boring his frameworks were. After working with high-quality content rather than clueless mck interview partners, his performance finally improved, and he got the McKinsey job he deserved.
I get why many people are initially skeptical of our free course. It really seems to good to be true. I wish I knew how to fix that.
It’s frustrating to me how candidates are instructed to do more and more mock interviews with, as Eric says, clueless candidates. After case #10 that does more harm than good.
What they should really be doing after 5 or 10 mock interviews is finding their weakness (using our free course) and working day and night to improve in that specific skill.
"I am starting my dream job at McKinsey Energy Insights tomorrow"
But there’s more. I asked Anastasia for more details on how our courses helped her, and her answer stopped me right in my tracks.
As I see it this is a testament to her learning how to think. It’s one thing to do so many market entry cases that when you get one, it’s almost like you’re speaking your native language.
That’s kind of how I felt in all of my karate belt exams. I knew exactly what was coming, so the actual exam was effortless (in terms of creativity), exactly like practice.
It’s a whole different challenge to get a curveball, the type of case you just don’t see in casebooks and mock interviews, and to nail it like Anastasia did.
She stood her ground and calmly structured her thoughts – as that was a SKILL that she had learned – and eventually got her dream offer.
Congratulations, Anastasia! You deserved it.
(By the way, if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you join our FREE course to get the same training all the candidates in this page got.)
A step-by-step on how to solve a case
So, in mid 2021 we received this email from Natalie.
A standard “I got an offer, thank you for your content” email.
But she mentioned “skill building” in passing, rather than just saying she was happy she was going to BCG, which prompted Bruno to ask for more details.
Natalie’s response was so much better than any ad I could have got from a hired avdertiser. Maybe we should bring her over to write for us.
Congratulations on your offer, and good luck at BCG, Natalie!
"Your course makes us think rather than imposing your frameworks"
Marilyn got offers from Bain AND McKinsey
Here’s one thing Marilyn mentioned that many candidates don’t know. If interviews like the way you structure your problems, they’ll often overlook other minor mistakes, such as math.
That’s why I get so frustrated when candidates who can’t structure a simple case spend their time doing mental math tricks on their phones.
That’s not what consulting firms are looking for!! Why in the world would they need a human calculator?
Another thing that caught my attention is Marilyn’s mention of the Toothbrush Test. That might just be our most most underappreciated piece of content. It’s useful to know how specific your structure is, so it doesn’t sound like a boring, memorized textbook framework.
From the poverty threshold to BCG Zurich - without a business background!
And then, four days later, Anna let us know she was in.
Even better, a bit less than one year later, Anna reachd out to us to let us know that she was finally an Associate.
I have no words for this. I remember smiling non stop for the entire day after getting Anna’s last message, on a Sunday morning.
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Anna. Good luck at BCG!
It's impossible to remember all the Case in Point frameworks
I feel bad for the people who spend their entire preparation memorizing frameworks, only to be completely crushed right in their first round of interviews.
I’m not sure whether this stuff worked or not >10 years ago, but it’s a complete scam by now.
I’m glad María stepped out of this path in time.
"I performed very poorly exactly a year ago; today, I got an offer from McKinsey Riyadh"
I’m proud of making content that doesn’t depend on wasting hours memorizing frameworks that don’t even work. It does take a lot more work, but it pays off when I get emails like Jazib’s.
One of our main competitive advantages is we teach candidates the skills they will need on the job, instead of trying to game the interviews. This way, if the interview is in any way relevant to select the best candidates for the job (and they always are, in top consulting firms), our students will be ready.
And we do this by providing theory on how to think through problems (not only what to think), and with high quality practice, instead of relying on unprepared mock interview partners using simplistic, unrealistic cases.
I’m glad this worked out for you, Jazib! Enjoy your new job at McKinsey!
"I read Case Interview Secrets, listened to LOMS, but nothing made me 'feel' I actually knew how to do it."
Kieu is just stacking offers left and right
I specifically love the idea of doing the drills again and again to increase your structuring flexibility and toolset. Great point, Kieu.
I’ll also look into adding more process structures within Structuring Drills. Thank you for the suggestion.
Good luck in BCG Paris!
By the way, here are links to the media mentioned by Kieu in her emails:
Getting a McKinsey offer with an "alternative" background
This is one of the most rewarding thank you emails I’ve ever gotten.
Matheus had no favorable background (I don’t know what his background is, but from the word “alternative”, I’d assume it’s not business or engineering), and he used almost exclusively our material.
This gives me a special sense of achievement. Like all the work we put into these courses is actually making a difference.
It’s not to people who would get an offer anyway, and it’s not to people who are using a ton of different content and our is just an add-on.
It’s to one person – to Matheus – who had little chances to begin with, and who used mostly our stuff.
I’m not great at or used to boosting myself like this, but this type of feedback makes me too proud to stay quiet.
Living the dream in South America
We know many people can’t afford our paid courses, so we worked extra hard to make the free course so good that you can get your offer using only that. Congratulations, Richard!
Humanities PhD have a really hard time getting into consulting
The toughest part of getting a consulting job coming from the humanities is competing with people who have been studying business, math or both since day 1 at university.
Mina was able to get an offer from Bain after only 6 months knowing that consulting even existed.
Congratulations, Mina! You should be proud of your accomplishment.
She got a strong feedback on everything she learned on the course
I wouldn’t recommend doing only our course, but I’m glad it worked out for Zara!
For everyone else out there, you should also be doing mock interviews.
Luka stopped doing more and more cases. Now he has a Bain offer and a Kearney offer in his hands
I love it when students take a deliberate approach to their preparation rather than just blindly doing what they were told (e.g. doing more and more cases).
If I could have all my students learn just ONE thing, the lesson would be to approach your entire preparation deliberately, like a consultant working a brand new project.
(By the way, there’s a whole video on this topic inside our free course. Check it out if you haven’t yet.)
"I'm in shock"
I just had to put this in here. Thanks, Sara!
From a T2 firm to Bain SF, with little to no time to practice
A lateral consulting move is a tough thing to do.
You hardly have any time to practice, as your current job is already time consuming. And the main case prep method recommended by most so-called experts is super time-consuming and inneficient (doing more and more cases).
What ends up happening is, people rely on reading casebooks (which is almost the same as doing nothing, given the quality of the casebooks out there).
We desgined our courses to be way more efficient than that, by…
– (1) helping students find their weakness,
– (2) using battle-tested techniques to overcome their issues and develop the specific skill that they need,
– (3) providing them with high-quality solo practice to develop these skills before putting them to test in their time-consuming mock interviews,
If you haven’t yet, join our free course now to get access to the very same resources that Ryan used to get his job at Bain SF.
"I got accepted at McKinsey Germany yesterday"
"The 7-day course was crucial for my preparation"
"Just got a call with the verbal offer from McKinsey"
"Friday the 13th is a lucky day for me: it is the day I received my offer to join McKinsey!"
This is no luck, Yann. You deserved it. Congratulations on your achievement!
"I always had the best resources when shit hit the fan"
You’ll be happy to hear that we didn’t stop putting out content, Kevin 🙂
It makes me happy to be a part of your journey!
"I got an offer to join BCG in October"
Every time Bruno and I create any kind of content, from a video course all the way to a simple comment in a podcast episode, we ask ourselves (and each other) whether that’s actionable enough.
We started this business out of sheer frustration with bad content and bad advice in the case interview space. I’ve said this many times so you probably know it.
This gives us the drive to keep our eyes open at all times to avoid giving out the bad advice we’ve despised for all this time.
"I got rejected in my McKinsey final round today"
I’m upset that Cliff didn’t get his job in McKinsey, but I’m also flattered that he still took the time to drop us a note of appreciation.
As I’ve said many times before, we want to teach our students how to think like consultants. Because of that, I find it fulfilling when they recognize that, regardless of their interview outcome, they’ve learned something of value.
Thank you for your email, Cliff, and good luck on your next challenge!
"I had never done a case interview before, and now I have an offer"
"I got an offer at McKinsey"
"I was anxious after a very rough mock interview"
We’ve all been there, Michael. I’m glad this worked out for you, and good luck on your new job!
McKinsey-approved candidate says: "Anyone interviewing at MBB should use this course"
Congratulations, David! Good luck in your new job.
"I have landed a job at Bain"
"This year I landed a grad job at McKinsey"
From a non-business background to a Strategy& offer
Alright, so many people touch this issue so I feel the need to adress it.
We don’t take donations, we’d rather make our money from course sales. I’m super happy that you got your job using only the free course and that’s enough for me.
But if you’re really into that donation idea, I ask you for two things.
#1, make a donation to your preferred charity, and my heart will be fulfilled.
#2, be vocal. When candidates ask you how to prepare, direct them to our free course. If you’re ever helping your firm write documents on case interview prep, drop a note for our free content. Those two actions will help us tremendously.
By the way, congratulations, Elise! Good luck at Strategy&!