TCO I: Felix is the benchmark client

TCO I: Felix is the benchmark client

26 Episodes

Felix is a 27 year old Yale doctoral candidate in the sciences and originally from China. We were very impressed with her communication skills and believed she had a very compelling resume for her age. Felix was selected due to the triad of obstacles she was facing in pursuing a consulting career and was the “impossible candidate” to place. She was targeting the German offices and did not speak the local language, she had no significant past working experience and did not understand any of the major sectors in Germany. All of this, just at the time the German offices had prioritized applicants who were fluent in German!

To see what “good” looks like, Felix is the candidate to watch. Her learning rate, attitude, business judgement, humility and likability factors are all high. Her communication is strong and she even develops new/better ways to solve some cases. Felix would pass a McKinsey or BCG final round case.

Advantages: Enormous work ethic. Pleasant personality. Exceptional business judgement. Quick to understand and use feedback. Takes advice and acts on it quickly.

Opportunities: Chasing a tough office. Lots of “balls in the air” w.r.t to personal, academic and working activities. Should always remember how good a profile she has.

Opportunities: Internalizing and acting on feedback

WHAT IS IT: The Consulting Offer is a groundbreaking case interview training program using REAL participants. All training is done by ex-McKinsey, BCG et al partners using the techniques we developed in our 1-on-1 coaching programs where we have an 80% placement rate. Subscribers can watch video recordings of the candidates being trained for McKinsey, BCG and Bain case interviews. The show is now in its 6th season with all seasons available for streaming.

There is NO other program in the world with real candidates being trained in real time with the results made public. On this site you will only have access to the introductory program, TCO I with Felix. The rest of the TCO seasons and our most advanced case interview training to be found on StrategyTV.com. Everything on StrategyTV.com along with our most advanced strategy programs can be found on StrategyTraining.com.

WHAT WE DID: Across 6 seasons, 7 years and counting, we brought together 16 candidates from 12 schools and 8 countries (USA, Morocco, Russia, France, Armenia, China, Canada and India) to train them primarily for US offices. The TCO program runs every year with new participants.

TCO 1 Felix: McKinsey Offer
TCO 1 Sanjeev: joined BCG
TCO 1 Rafik: joined a Boutique
TCO 1 Samantha: joined Industry
TCO 1 Solution Videos
TCO 2 Alice Qinhua Zhou: joined McKinsey
TCO 2 Michael Klein: joined Industry
TCO 3 Jen Nwankwo: joined Bain
TCO 3 Zach Steinfeld: joined Deloitte S&O
TCO 4 Assel: joined McKinsey
Experienced Hire Case Interview Program

TCO contains the video training footage as we prepare participants for case interviews with McKinsey, Bain and BCG in New York, New Jersey, Munich, Hamburg, Paris, Perth, Johannesburg, Boston, Atlanta, Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai, Moscow, London and Chicago etc.

HOW SUCCESSFUL IS TCO: TCO alumni are very successful. In every season we have placed participants in McKinsey, Bain or BCG and we have placed all participants in management consulting when other good firms like Deloitte S&O are included. All MBB-placed TCO participants are still with the firms, and one is a principal having joined as a consultant. Only one participant has left McKinsey to join another firm where she is on a partnership track.

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TCO I: Felix is the benchmark client
  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 10, Communication, Confidence and Data Cases

    Episode 1

    Session 10: Communication Fundamentals

    In this session, we deliberately use incendiary questions to see how candidates respond to racial, gender, ethnic, political etc. discrimination.

    By this stage of the coaching Samantha would have clearly seen that effective communication leads to bette...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 11, Complex Estimation Part 1

    Episode 2

    Session 11: Realistic Estimation Cases & Data Cases

    Here we teach candidates how to solve demand-driven estimation cases from the supply-side, when the demand approach is too difficult to use, and vice versa, as well as estimations for enclosed spaces, for small spaces, multiple equations etc....

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 11, Complex Estimation Part 2

    Episode 3

    Session 11: Realistic Estimation Cases & Data Cases

    Here we teach candidates how to solve demand-driven estimation cases from the supply-side, when the demand approach is too difficult to use, and vice versa, as well as estimations for enclosed spaces, for small spaces, multiple equations etc....

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 12, Complex BCG Cases, Market Entry

    Episode 4

    Session 12: Market Entry Cases & Strategy Cases

    When teaching market entry cases, we keep Bain in mind, since their approach, heavily influenced by their PE work, is the most comprehensive and realistic for acquisitions to enter a new market. The approach we teach here can be used to tackle an...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 13, McKinsey Ops and Answer-First Cases

    Episode 5

    Session 13: Operations Cases, Pivoting to the McKinsey Approach, Mid-Point Feedback & Unstructured/trend cases

    All cases done from this session onward to the end are done in the McKinsey-approach and the answer-first approach. This is a tough session which builds on the techniques taught earli...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 14, McKinsey Competition Cases

    Episode 6

    Session 14: Competition Strategy Cases & Content Traps

    Congratulations to the final 2 candidates who make it past session 13.

    Special congratulations to the candidate who now will be coached by Michael Boricki, ex-strategy principal, and mentored by the former McKinsey director and worldwid...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 15, McKinsey Complex Profit Cases

    Episode 7

    Session 15: Pricing Cases

    There is no framework for pricing, but there is a simple way to approach pricing problems.

    Candidates are too often, incorrectly, taught that there are just 4 pricing strategies: product-based, cost-based, market-based or competition-based. In reality, there are a ...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 16, McKinsey Pricing Cases

    Episode 8

    Session 16: Pricing Cases

    There is no framework for pricing, but there is a simple way to approach pricing problems.

    Candidates are too often, incorrectly, taught that there are just 4 pricing strategies: product-based, cost-based, market-based or competition-based. In reality, there are a ...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 17, McK. Complex Strategy, Deregulation Cases

    Episode 9

    Session 17: Deregulation Cases

    If consulting cases would be grouped into seasons, deregulation cases would be Halloween – they scare everyone!

    We use deregulation cases to show candidates that just because something appears intimidating, it does not mean it should always have fancy structur...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 18, McKinsey PEI, FIT and Communications

    Episode 10

    Session 18: Fit/PEI

    While fit is done in this session, we expect candidates to have prepared adequately leading up to this session by listening to podcasts 58-65, listening to other podcasts, leading samples, collecting our feedback, loading more samples etc. If a candidate does poorly here it...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 19, McKinsey Investment Cases

    Episode 11

    Session 19: Random Full Case & Random Drills

    Candidates should now be in the interview process and/or practicing with colleagues. The candidate needs to be become skilled at applying the case techniques with as many different interview styles as possible. They should be practicing and networki...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 20, McKinsey Corporate Strategy Cases

    Episode 12

    Session 20: Energy, Conciseness, Brainstorming, Communication & Objective Functions

    The five areas highlighted listed above are the most important areas the remaining candidates need to focus on. We find the development areas are split neatly down the middle.

    • Felix needs to focus on not w...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 21, McKinsey Corporate Strategy Cases

    Episode 13

    Session 21: Development Areas, Regional-focus, Strategy & Partner-style cases

    The training wheels are now off and the dynamic of the relationship should have changed. The final two candidates are no longer rookies in the program. We see them more as refined ambassadors of Firmsconsulting with ...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 22, McKinsey BTO and IT Strategy Cases

    Episode 14

    Session 22: Development Areas, Regional-focus, BTO & Partner-style cases

    We like BTO cases because it is a great skill of a candidate to extract the strategy issues from seemingly mundane information technology problems. What these cases show is that the outcome of the analyses is completely d...

  • Case Coaching Video, Felix Session 23, McKinsey Investment Cases

    Episode 15

    Session 23: Development Areas, Regional-focus, Corporate Finance-Investments & Partner-style cases

    Corporate Finance cases elicit the same response in candidates as math does to the average person. Yet, corporate finance cases should be addressed like a math problem. First, a candidate needs t...