The Consulting Guide

Welcome to the Consulting Getting Started Guide!

Kenton Kivestu, ex-Google, ex-BCG, Founder at RocketBlocks
Updated: March 28, 2024

This free guide is designed to help anyone, from undergrads to MBAs to experienced industry hires, become familiar with the consulting industry, the career opportunities and the recruiting process.

In order to bring you an authentic, unbiased view of the industry, we've extensively interviewed consultants from all the top firms and distilled their thoughts, insights and advice for you here.

"It used to be that the only way to learn anything about management consulting was simply to become a management consultant."
Marc Baaij, former BCG Consultant

The goal of the consulting guide

The ultimate goal of this Guide is to arm you with the relevant context, so you can kick off your consulting recruiting process with confidence.

At RocketBlocks, we strongly believe that success in consulting interviews, and pretty much anything in life, comes from first having a deep understanding of the situation and context. This understanding allows you to separate the signal from the noise, quickly get to the heart of the matter and generate insights that will separate you from your peers.

This Getting Started Guide is broken this guide down into four key sections:

  1. Intro to the consulting industry
  2. Case interview fundamentals
  3. Fit interview fundamentals
  4. The interviewer mindset

Warning! Cuidado! Achtung!

If you're already deep into your consulting interview preparation or have already started (e.g., you've already made it to the second rounds of BCG, etc), this guide likely won't be the best use of your time (but the core RocketBlocks drills might be!). However, if you're just beginning to think about consulting as a career choice, regardless of your background, this is a great place to start.

A sample of key questions we'll answer

Still not sure? No problem. If you find yourself wondering the answers to any of the questions below, then you've come to the right place:

Ready to get started? Let's jump in and start discussing the basics. What do McKinsey, Bain and BCG consultants do all day? How do they describe their own job and what types of cases do they actually work on? Click below to get started!

Get started!