Consultants are in the business of providing expert advice to other professionals. Think of them as skilled problem solvers who can provide an objective perspective or specialized knowledge that is lacking inside a company. Organizations across all industries and sectors rely on consultants to provide expertise to help them maximize their profitability or effectiveness and keep them running smoothly.  There are many overlapping areas in the consulting industry.  Some firms specialize in one area such as defense, health care, education, environment, telecommunications, or engineering while others have departments for a variety of fields.

When most people use the word consulting, they are referring to management or business consulting. Large consulting firms such as McKinsey, Bain, Boston Consulting Group help organizations improve their structure, management, profitability, and assist in the development of strategies for short- and long-term growth. Each year Yale hosts representatives from many types of consulting firms who seek talent from diverse backgrounds including social sciences, humanities, and STEM fields. Read on to learn more about the various types of consulting firms, the breadth of roles that are available, and how to assess whether a consulting career is right for you.

Four Common Consulting Specialties

The four most popular consulting specialties are management/strategy, financial, information technology, and human resources/staffing. Large, one-stop shops offer advisory services in these and other specialties. Boutique consulting firms support their clients with highly specialized expertise and focus on a smaller number of industries (government, non-profit, energy, life sciences, technology), functions (mergers and acquisitions, economics, litigation), or methodologies.

Tips for Virtual Case Interviews

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There are marked differences to doing a case interview online, versus in person. With that in mind, there are some things you can do to help yourself in a virtual case interview: read tips developed by Management Consulted


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Alumni Talk with United Talent Agency (UTA)


THIS WEDNESDAY: Join two UTA (United Talent Agency) Yale alumni – Partner & Agent in MP Lit, Emerson Davis, and Ayotunde Ifaturoti, Assistant in TV Lit – for an open discussion about life working at a leading talent agency and insight into …

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Statistics to know for a Case Interview


Many candidates for consulting positions are interested in the statistics they need to know for their case interview and case study preparation. This often occurs to them shortly before the case interview with applicants feeling like they need to “cram.” …

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Sample Behavioral Interview Questions


Use the following behavioral interview questions as you prepare for any upcoming interview:

Tell me about yourself.
Why did you choose Yale?
What have you done that you are proud of? What is your greatest accomplishment?
How do you …

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Resume Accomplishment Statements


Check out OCS’ examples below to make sure the accomplishment statements on your resume make a strong impact to any employer.

Converting to Result Bullets: Before and After


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