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What to Know for Consultant Interview Questions

Consultant interviews typically involve a more specialized form of mental gymnastics than other types of job interviews. They ask a variety of behavioral questions and ask you to interpret case studies. In an article for the Balance, Alison Doyle highlights some tips to best prepare you to ace these interviews. Quiz Wizard First, you should prepare to be asked all of the usual job interview stuff, since some of that will leak into the interview—stuff …

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5 Reasons to Hire an Expensive Consultant

The more you pay for something, the more quality you expect. But sometimes that quality is just an illusion created by good marketing, and something cheaper would have been fine. Is it worthwhile to go top-dollar with consultants for your business when you could attempt to do the work in-house instead? In an article for Fast Company, Justin Webb gives five reasons why he believes the answer is a yes: Specialized expertise Real-world experience Dedicated …

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How to Prepare for Your Consultant

You have hired consultants to swoop in and improve operations. That was step one. Step two is ensuring that you have fully enabled them to succeed. A post at Get the Business shares some tips for preparing for the arrival of consultants. In the first place, you should obviously inform affected teams that consultants are coming and explain the working relationship that will exist between them. People also need to know which days of the …

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Does It Pay to Hire Consultants?

It is strange but true that many still approach the idea of consulting with suspicion and skepticism. Do you really need to hire an outsider to do work for you when you already have a whole business full of competent people? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jerome Barthelemy shares research from his study of 311 Bordeaux wineries over a decade and arrives at a surprising answer to this question. Circumstances for Value As …

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9 Truths Your Consultant Wants to Tell You (but May Not)

Business leaders hire consultants with high expectations, and rightfully so. But there are also many misconceptions that can get tangled in these expectations, resulting in times where clients and consultants fall out of sync with each other. In an article for Huffington Post’s India edition, Shwetabh Jha outlines nine truths that consultants wish they could convey to clients, but sometimes do not: Different consultancies are run in different ways. As CEO or business leader, strategy …

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Why a Benefits Consultant Is Good for Business

It may sound hard to believe, but insurance and benefits can actually get kind of costly. Google it if you have to; the information is out there. In an article for Noobpreneur.com, Ivan Widjaya discusses the value of hiring a benefits consultant to help businesses with these costs. Prosperous Results The benefits consultant looks at the funds the business has allotted to benefits and determines if there are more effective ways to use those funds, …

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5 Qualities to Look for When Choose the Right Consultancy

Investing in consultants to tackle a specific challenge is like investing in a can opener—ideally, you only do it once ever. That means you had better pick the right consultants. Jessica Combes shares a few qualities to seek out in a quick article for CPI Financial: Offers fresh perspective Brings talent and good credentials Has specialized knowledge Feels trustworthy Brings good record keeping Make It One-and-Done Consultancies work with lots of different types of clients, …

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7 Steps to Cracking Your Consulting Interview

Case interviews have become a natural part of life for management consultants in the making. They are hypothetical business challenges or logic puzzles, and the solutions that consultants provide to them yield invaluable insight into how they would perform doing the real job. Alex Cavoulacos shares some tips to conquer these interviews in an article for the Muse: Always start by asking questions. Engage your interviewer. Use structure. Recognize case archetypes. Practice your numbers. Keep …

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4 Ways to Succeed When Working with Consultants

When people get dumped with a coworker or leader they never asked for, they can do two things: Be hostile, unhelpful, and hope the person fails, or try to work together with the person for the sake of everyone’s overall future success. With consultants (or anyone else for that matter), you might as well just do the latter. In an article for the Muse, Anne Niederkorn shares four tips to work well with consultants: Help …

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Critical Case Study Interview Advice

Case study interviews are great because they very directly determine if you know what you are talking about. They measure your ability to logically process a problem and arrive at a satisfactory solution. In a post at Consultants Mind, advice on acing case interviews is shared. The advice is inspired by training resources provided by Bain. Logic under Pressure The first tip is to treat the interviewer like a client, because one of the main …

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