1. The first 5 minutes: This is what's known as the "getting-to-know-you" part of the interview. The interviewer (who will be a consultant or partner with the firm) will have your resume in hand and may ask you a few softball questions about your job or education experience.

  2. The next 5-10 minutes: The next part of a consulting interview often consists of a simple estimation question. Reaching the number is important, but it is not the first part to tackling the question, even if you're 100% confident that you know the answer (don't worry, you won't). Rather, you should approach the question from a demand point of view or a supply point of view, which works from the reverse angle. Whichever side you start with, be sure to work your way down from the largest possible number to the most streamlined end point. Be sure to evaluate your answer to make sure it sounds reasonably accurate. Stay simple and logical.

  3. The next 15 minutes: Assuming that you're still composed and not sweating or crying, then it's time for the case interview. This is the most complained-about part of the interview process, but it also gives a glimpse into what consulting is actually like. The question will typically be long, involved and number-heavy.

  4. The final 5 minutes: This is the part where the interviewer congratulates you on a job well done with the case (they are excellent liars, so it's gonna be difficult to tell if you've done well or wasted his/her time) and asks you if you have any questions before leaving. If you say no, that's the same as shooting yourself in the foot. Have questions, and make them interesting. Consider asking about the case you just answered; it's most likely based on a real project on which the interviewer worked. You can also ask questions about the interviewer's experiences at the firm. Just remember to be respectful and conversational.

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