Get Your Consulting Interview : Our topic today is focused on what it takes to face a consulting interview and master it. We will divide the topic into general interviewing and preparation areas and briefly touch on the specific understanding of technology-related versus process-related interviews.
So do you have what it takes to conduct a consulting interview?
While you spend time analyzing whether you are ready for a consulting interview, let’s take a look at what it takes to prepare for an interview. While a consulting interview may be in many ways similar to a regular job interview, there are areas of the interview that are very different from other job interviews.
Like every other interview, this one will start with the interviewer asking you to explain something about yourself, your experience in the consulting industry. If you do not have experience in consulting, it is likely that you will be expected to map your current experience to consulting experience requirements. But if you have no experience at all, chances are you won’t be selected for an interview at a consulting firm.
For experienced consulting professionals, this part is made easy because all you do is explain your current role and how to map it to the new role you are looking for. For beginners, dealing with consulting interviews becomes a bit more challenging.
So it will help beginners to connect with consulting professionals as part of a networking exercise before presenting themselves for a consulting interview. This will help you familiarize yourself with the consulting industry and in particular the role of consultants. You can use the best informal networking and communication sites for this purpose.
Make sure you research enough about the consulting firm you are consulting. Usually consulting organizations present case studies of their clients’ problems and … Read more
Starting Small Business Concern : In a previous article I dug a little deeper into small business volatility but it is worth mentioning again especially in the context of starting a business. Small businesses exist because big businesses have carved out methods to meet needs that don’t reach everyone in the market. In other words a small business is a small business because large businesses consider such market pursuits not worth the effort.
Big businesses are looking for opportunities that exist in well-established mature markets. This will be a market that produces smaller margins but is also less volatile. As a result, this leaves a more dynamic and volatile market for small businesses. This is part of why small businesses don’t last long, they compete in an ever-changing market.
So, what does this mean for you? This means that the opportunities that will exist for you and the business you aspire to will be opportunities that require quality and custom solutions quickly. This also means there will be a lot of work involved to gain market share for your niche.
Ignore the idea of providing a single product or service, you need to diversify your product/service, customers and possibly your industry. To combat the ups and downs of a small market, you need to diversify all aspects of your company.
OK, now that you understand a bit about the realities of the small business market, the next thing to look at is how well your potential business aligns with who you really are. In the early stages of a business, the founder is the business and the business is the founder. To offer the highest value, the business must be the embodiment of you and you must be the embodiment of the business.
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