First off, welcome to the Fisher College of Business. We hope everyone has had a great summer and is looking forward to starting at Fisher in the coming weeks! My name is Ian Ballard, and I am the President of the Fisher Consulting and Strategy Club (FCSC). In order to get a jump-start on preparing those students interested in consulting and/or strategy opportunities, we thought it would be helpful to reach out to you all and provide some helpful instructions on how to prepare prior to the start of school.
Very briefly, FCSC is a student-run organization whose focus is to assist Fisher Graduate students in their pursuit of consulting or strategy-focused internships. Throughout the fall we will be working with students through case workshops and one-on-one mentoring to better prepare you for the case interviews which are requisite for these internships. We urge you to take a look at the resources on this website which we believe are helpful tools in guiding you through your case interview preparation.
If you think you are interested in pursuing consulting, or will need preparation with case interviews, we suggest looking into the following:
1. Learn about consulting: If you are still thinking about possible careers and think you might like to give consulting a try, we suggest doing some preliminary research into what consults do day-to-day, the work-life balance and where it might lead in terms of career. This will also prepare you for the first question you will receive during consulting interviews, which is “Why do you want to go into consulting?” Some useful resources are included below:
2. Get familiar with the case interview: The case interview can be daunting at first glance. That is why we want those of you who are interested in consulting to get familiar with the case interview now. The links below will point you towards some instructive information and videos taking you through the case interview and giving you a better idea of what’s in store:
b. Case Interview youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-YKX7L2GNNA-IHrhMpwzWA
3. Start preparing for case interviews: It’s never too early to start, and the earlier you start the better your chances will be of passing. For the more-adventurous students, two well-known case prep books that can be helpful are Victor Cheng’s Case Interview Secrets and Mark Consentino’s Case in Point.
4. Lastly, to receive additional information and to get on our email list for the fall e-mail either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kirti Barry (email@example.com). We will include you on updates regarding information sessions, case workshops, case competitions and interview prep.
As well, please feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions.
We look forward to meeting you and, again, welcome to the Fisher College of Business!