Management Consulting in International Offices


Today, rather than the usual ten key points regarding international management consulting, I will simply answer a few questions.

What you need to know about the International Recruiting Process:

First: The interview process for the US is quite competitive. Is it the same internationally?

Yes, it is. This may vary from office to office.

Another thing to keep in mind is the broader macroeconomic conditions. In the Middle East, there has been tremendous growth in the area of consulting. For this reason, it has been a bit easier to get through the process and be hired there as long as you meet some qualifying criteria.

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Second: What is a good way for US applicants to compete successfully to work in offices in Johannesburg or Berlin, for example?

Here are some points to remember:

-There are inflexible language requirements in some offices. For example, if you are interested in BCG in Seoul, you will be required to have high fluency in Korean. This is non-negotiable.

-It is important to have good contacts. When you have good US contacts, you have a better chance of getting noticed abroad. Networking is beneficial at every level. This is especially true if you can befriend some consultants who have experience working abroad. In this way you can learn about the environment of international consulting. Your contacts may also be able to introduce you to more overseas contacts.

Third: Is it possible to work in the US and then move overseas?

Of course! This is an excellent strategy unless you have some specific reason why you want to start your career overseas. If you only have a casual interest in the overseas market, of course it is best for you to start working in the US and then make a gradual transition by accepting one or two overseas jobs.

Transferring inter-office is usually fairly easy. Transfer policies tend to be flexible. A lot of this will depend on the level of your work. Naturally, for the best consideration, you should produce the best work! Follow these tips:

-Do your best no matter what. It is the only way to build credibility. Always produce excellent work. If you want to work internationally, you must do good work, build local partnerships, and cultivate in-office support. All of this will help you get the transfer you want.

-Befriend some international consultants. Once you have an established position in your firm, begin branching out by getting to know some international consultants. Do this by showing a genuine interest in their work. Sometimes it is easier to start with consultants on the lower levels and then move up to the higher echelon.

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