Why Consulting

You know the interviewer is going to ask you why you want to be a consultant: not only should your answer be immediate, but you must also look the interviewer right in the eye. If you look away, it indicates that you are thinking about the question, and that’s enough to end the interview right then and there. You should have given this answer a great deal of thought long before you walked in to the interview. While I don’t want you to memorize your answer, I do want you to memorize bullet points. This makes your answer focused, linear, and of an appropriate length. Avoid talking aimlessly. Having several good reasons why you want to be a consultant isn’t enough. It’s not always what you say but how you say it and, most important, what they hear. Your voice should carry sincerity and enthusiasm.


Just in case you’re not sure, below are 12 of the most popular reasons students go into consulting:

  1. You’ll work with and learn from very intelligent and articulate people.
  2. You’ll develop a vast array of marketable skills in a prestigious environment.
  3. The learning curve never ends.
  4. You’ll receive exposure to the corporate elite: the way they think, act and analyze their problems.
  5. You’ll be exposte to many industries.
  6. You’ll work as part of a team.
  7. You’ll solve problems.
  8. You’ll make organizations more efficient.
  9. You’ll work on multiple projects.
  10. You’ll travel.
  11. It will always look great on your resume.
  12. The money’s good.

My personal favorite – the learning curve never ends. It should be your pursuit not only in consulting, but in life as well.

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Marc Cosentino

Marc, the world’s foremost authority on case interviewing has twenty seven years of experience with case questions. He has written well over a hundred cases, while coaching, preparing and training more than a hundred and fifty thousand students and alumni. He has written three books involving cases and consulting. Cosentino has given workshops to students at colleges and MBA programs for the last twenty seven years and has held training sessions for career services professionals on how to give cases and how to analyze a student’s performance.