November 30, 2021

Recruiter advice for getting a consulting job at Bain, PwC, McKinsey

  • Each year, leading consulting firms hire thousands of employees into new roles. 
  • McKinsey & Co., Bain & Co., and PwC, for example, hired more than 15,100 entry-level and experienced employees in 2019 combined. 
  • I spoke with Keith Bevans, global head of consultant recruitment at Bain & Co., Kerry Casey, director of North America recruitment at McKinsey & Co., and Rod Adams, US and Mexico talent acquisition leader at PwC, during a live event on September 15. 
  • Each panelist shared the exact tips for candidates to increase their chances in landing a consulting job at these firms. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The management consulting industry is hard to break into, but there are still ways to make your job application stand out.

In 2019, three giant consultancies combined — McKinsey & Co., Bain & Co., and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) — hired more than 15,100 employees for entry-level and experienced roles. All three firms have extended full-time offers to more than 1,500 summer interns. 

Though recruitment processes at the consultancies has gone virtual in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the schedule for all three companies hasn’t changed. They are still hiring talent, and they are each looking for a different set of qualities.

In an event exclusive to Business Insider subscribers on September 15, I spoke with Kerry Casey, North America recruitment director at McKinsey, Keith Bevans, global head of consultant recruitment at Bain & Co., and Rod Adams, US and Mexico talent acquisition leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) about the qualities  each firm is looking for in candidates, and how they can stand out in applications and during interviews.  

If you’re interested in applying for a consulting job at Bain, McKinsey, or PwC, here’s how you can increase your chances, according to the recruitment leaders. You can watch the full webinar here.

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