The Consulting Offer I, Rafik joins a Boutique

The Consulting Offer I, Rafik joins a Boutique

3 Seasons

In The Consulting Offer watch former McKinsey et al senior partners mentor real candidates into the most elite consulting firms. Across 4 seasons, the program has never failed to place a participant.

Rafik is a 28 year old HEC Paris MBA candidate from North Africa. He is also an experienced-hire. His journey and path into business in Paris was both interesting and challenging. We selected him due to the scope of the challenges he would face in the program. Given the recession and painful economic restructuring in France, employment prospects were bleak at best, and particularly challenging for foreigners.

Rafik’s development areas had little to do with cases. All of the challenges he experienced came down to his preparation before the sessions – in other words, it came down to time and self-management. They were either done inadequately or not done at all. If he could have managed the time between sessions better, he could have been a break-out candidate. Rafik could have conceivably been in the final 2 candidates if he had prepared better.

Advantages: A resilient candidate with a good background: very pleasant person who is keen to take feedback.

Opportunities: Internalizing and acting on feedback

The Consulting Offer I, Rafik joins a Boutique

    Episode 1


    Episode 2


    Episode 3

    This video provides an overview of TCO content on our sister-site

    All the video content is the same though some functions like the quizzes and daily candidate activity logs can only be found on

  • 1 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 1, Resume - Profile - Office Strategy

    Episode 4

    Session 1: Calibration Call and Resume

    Although we use the name Samantha below, Felix, Sanjeev and Rafik went through the same program.

    In her first session, a 60 minute calibration session, Samantha is provided no warning about what to expect. We want to see how she really thinks, especial...

  • 2 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 2, Resume - Profile - Office Strategy

    Episode 5

    Session 2: Starting to Rewrite the Resume

    A coach needs to know his/her student. That is why we start with the resume. By asking careful questions about every part of the resume, and we mean every part, not only can we write the resume to build the profile we want to create of the candidate, b...

  • 3 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 3, Resume - Profile - Office Strategy

    Episode 6

    Session 3: More work on the Resume & Office Strategy

    Samantha has now translated her resume into an understandable, quantitative and elegant format. It reads in a crisp and straightforward way which anyone will understand, especially those who have no experience in her background, and into an ...

  • 4 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 4, Resume - Profile - Office Strategy

    Episode 7

    Session 4: More work on the Resume and the Cover Letter

    Now that we know Samantha remarkably well through the process of extensively rewriting her resume, we will have her update her LinkedIn profile and begin her cover letter. Although we prefer to complete the cover letter before beginning t...

  • 5 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 5, Estimation and Math Cases

    Episode 8

    Session 5: Estimation Questions

    You cannot pass a McKinsey, BCG or Bain case unless you can brainstorm. Although, you may never receive an isolated/explicit brainstorming case, the skill is needed to identify drivers and build out an analyses structure, without the need to memorize frameworks....

  • 6 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 6, Brainstorming and Estimation cases

    Episode 9

    Session 6: Brainstorming

    This is easily the most important session of the training.

    Building off the estimation approach, we now move to brainstorming. You should think of brainstorming as an equation from the estimation cases, but an equation with more than one branch. Like an equation wit...

  • 6.1 The Consulting Offer, Season I, Rafik's Session 6 Special Session Video To Fix Case Performance Problems

    Episode 10

    In this crucial session, we teach Rafik just a few steps to improve his performance. In the next session viewers will see a dramatic improvement in Rafik's performance just by following the simple guidelines presented here.

  • 7 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 7, Simple BCG Profit Cases

    Episode 11

    Session 7: Profitability Cases – BCG Approach

    In each training session, from this day onward, we will do a brainstorming case, estimation case and full case.

    It is vital to layer case difficulty.

    Why would this be an important teaching strategy? If we gave the candidate a complex deregul...

  • 8 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 8, Simple BCG Volume Profit Cases

    Episode 12

    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...

  • 9 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 9, Open-ended Debrief Session

    Episode 13

    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.

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

    Episode 14

    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...

  • 11 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 11, Advanced Estimation and Communication

    Episode 15

    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....

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

    Episode 16

    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...

  • 13 Case Coaching Video, Rafik Session 13, McKinsey Operations and Answer First cases

    Episode 17

    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...

  • Rafik's Background.jpg

    969 KB