Do Well in School
A strong GPA is often an important differentiator in the consulting hiring process.
Pursue Leadership Roles and Transferrable Internships
Consulting firms screen for students who have demonstrated a track record of leading initiatives that have driven impactful change. Quality is much more important than quantity. Leadership roles are readily available at Bowdoin, including involvement with clubs, volunteering, residential life, internships, sports, campus/summer jobs, etc.
In addition, candidates who have shown an ability to perform data-driven, problem solving in a business or professional environment often have an advantage. Aside from consulting internships, interning at a brand name company in sales, marketing, operations, strategy or finance, can set a candidate apart. Gaining industry or function-specific experience is also valuable when pursuing related consulting paths (e.g. healthcare, education, technology, recruiting).
Prepare for Case Interviews
Many consulting firms utilize “case interviews” to gauge a candidate’s natural affinity for the work. The case interview format is new to most Bowdoin students but can be mastered with research and practice.
Bowdoin students are offered free access to several resources that can assist with preparing for case interviews:
- Vault Guides: The “Vault Guide to the Case Interview” and “Vault Case Interview Practice Guide 2” outline skills assessed during a case interview, case strategies, frameworks and concepts, and numerous practice case examples. In addition, the “Vault Career Guide to Consulting” and “The Vault Guide to the Top 50 Management & Strategy Consulting Firms” provide a comprehensive overview of the industry.
- Crack the Case Workshop: The Bowdoin Consulting Group and the CXD collaborate each year to offer a full day case interview prep workshop led by a former management consultant from MBACase.
- Mock Case Interview Week: Each year, Bowdoin alum working in consulting volunteer to lead interested students through one-on-one mock case interviews, and provide individualized feedback.
Attend Employer Information Sessions
Each year, Bowdoin welcomes numerous consulting companies to campus such as Kaiser Associates, Artisan Healthcare Consulting, Cornerstone Research, Putnam Associates, and the Beacon Group. Students are encouraged to participate in employer information sessions as early as the first year to learn about the career path, and to connect with alumni and recruiters.
Every Bowdoin student benefits from the expertise and generosity of the Bowdoin network to learn about and succeed in landing jobs that interest them. Over 200 alumni have volunteered to serve as contacts on the Bowdoin Alumni in Consulting Contact List. Students interested in consulting are encouraged to leverage this list, as well as other resources, to build connections in the industry.