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Now you know how first-round and final-round interview days are structured and what to expect. Here are some additional suggestions to go along with that knowledge...
Give yourself plenty of timeEveryone gives themselves enough time to arrive in time for their interview. However, I'm always surprised at how many people cut it close and are clearly stressed out and flustered for their first interview because they had to rush and/or arrived just in time. Remember, even after you arrive at the interview site, you still have to check in. You'll also want to give yourself some extra time to hang your coat, review your interview packet, and get mentally prepared for your interviews. In other words...
Get in the right frame of mindWhat this means for optimal performance differs from person to person. The most common forms of mental preparation are:
- Cram with a final review of case and personal experience interview (PEI) prep.
- Calm down, unwind, and relax
- Get pumped up and build up some enthusiasm
Read the interviewer biosTake a moment to lean about the consultants who will be interviewing you. Remember, they're not just assessing your performance on the case and PEI, they'll also be asking themselves what they think of you as a potential colleague. Examples of questions you might want to ask yourself as you read their bios:
- Do you have anything in common?
- Is there anything you can leverage to build rapport?
- Does anything about your interviewers trigger specific questions you might want to ask?