TCO I: Sanjeev joins BCG

TCO I: Sanjeev joins BCG

26 Episodes

Sanjeev , who eventually joined BCG, is a 27 year old IESE Business School MBA candidate. He is also an experienced-hire. Based in India he is trying to pursue a career in South Africa, Singapore, Dubai or Australia – a very difficult proposition for Indian-based candidates. We selected Sanjeev due to his commitment, drive and focus on oil and gas. The main obstacle for Sanjeev was that he felt everything could be planned before he did it. This led to lots of delays and a hesitation to learn by experimentation, which is a key element of building a networking strategy.

Sanjeev was not close to Felix on performance. There was a significant gap which grew from session 14 onward. If Sanjeev could have followed the networking advice more closely and focused on just the top 3 development areas, he would have been exceptional. He eventually succeeded, but this gap delayed him significantly.

Advantages: Very young with a good track record and history of responsibility. Disciplined candidate who prepares well. In-demand sector “specialization.”

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: Sanjeev joins BCG
  • Case Coaching Video, Sanjeev Session 8, Simple BCG Profit Volume cases

    Episode 1

    Session 8: Volume Cases

    Samantha must now be able to handle all types of simple estimation cases and all types of brainstorming cases. The technique she has learnt for full cases can also be applied across all types of full BCG-type cases, and we want to see her do just this.

    We want to see...

  • Case Coaching Video, Sanjeev Session 9, Open-ended debrief call

    Episode 2

    Session 9: Debrief

    No matter how many times we implore a candidate to ask questions or to simply ask for advice, being under pressure to learn as much as possible, they struggle to do this in the coaching sessions. To rectify this we regularly set up debriefing sessions which have no agenda.
    ...

  • Case Coaching Video, Sanjeev Session 10, Communication and Image

    Episode 3

    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...

  • Coaching Video, Sanjeev Session 13, McKinsey Operations and Answer-first cases

    Episode 4

    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...

  • Coaching Video, Sanjeev Session 12, McK Interviewer-led Complex Profit cases

    Episode 5

    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, Sanjeev 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-big 3 strategy principal, and mentored by the former-McKinsey director and wo...

  • Video, Sanjeev Session 15, McKinsey Basic Profit Issues in Banking

    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, Sanjeev 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 ...

  • Video, Sanjeev Session 17, McKinsey Complex Strategy Cases, Deregulation

    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, Sanjeev Session 18, McKinsey cases

    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...

  • Video, Sanjeev Session 19, McKinsey Complex Strategy Cases, Deregulation

    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, Sanjeev Session 20, McKinsey Investment 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...

  • The Consulting Offer, Season I, Sanjeev's Session to Accelerate Networking 2

    Episode 13

    Special Session 20 Part 2: Networking

    No matter how many times we implore a candidate to ask questions or to simply ask for advice, being under pressure to learn as much as possible, they struggle to do this in the coaching sessions. To rectify this we regularly set up debriefing sessions whic...

  • The Consulting Offer, Season I, Sanjeev's Session to Accelerate Networking

    Episode 14

    Special Session 20 Part 1: Networking

    No matter how many times we implore a candidate to ask questions or to simply ask for advice, being under pressure to learn as much as possible, they struggle to do this in the coaching sessions. To rectify this we regularly set up debriefing sessions whic...

  • Case Coaching Video, Sanjeev Session 21, McKinsey Partner-style cases

    Episode 15

    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 ...