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For example, you might want to ask about the company’s official or unofficial mentoring programs, the criteria by which your performance will be assessed, how analysts’ responsibilities typically evolve from their first year to the second, or the types of training programs that would be available to you if you joined.
I wonder if this is consistent with what you’ve experienced, and whether you feel that this is indicative of the culture throughout the company.” Provided that you actually have spoken to consultants (and don’t even think about referring to fictitious conversations), this question allows you to establish your sincere interest in the firm while remaining [...]
Of course, recruiters are quick to point out that your questions shouldn’t display blatant ignorance regarding the industry, the company, or the specific position for which you’re interviewing. You won’t win points for playing it safe and asking your interviewer to describe the last project he worked on, but you probably won’t lose any either.
In any interview, there comes a point when the tables are turned, and you’re asked if there’s anything you’d like to ask your interviewer. Not surprisingly, this is where many a candidate assumes he’s done and lets his interview guard down. Of course, it would be unwise to abandon your interview persona at this stage. [...]
Although the top consulting firms hire hundreds of people every year, thousands and thousands of people compete for those positions. There’s no surefire way to guarantee an offer and there are few, if any, back doors into the organizations.