The Consultancy Handbook offers a solid grounding in the general knowledge required for consultancy interviews and internships. The handbook includes an overview of the role of consultants, the different types of consultancy firms and the industries typically serviced by consultants. It considers issues relating to starting, running and growing a business. Different methods of purchasing and selling businesses are analysed, as are the benefits and drawbacks of different types of financing.
Basic economics concepts and the key financial accounts are introduced. An insight into the M&A process is included, complete with consideration of the key parties involved. Key commercial terms are defined and contextualised and an overview of useful Microsoft Excel formulas and shortcuts is provided. An introduction to case study assessments is included, complete with examples of market sizing, profitability, business situation and M&A frameworks.
In addition, the handbook offers general interview advice relating to competency, commercial awareness and case study interviews, advice on appropriate behaviour during internships and a recommended reading list.
"This handbook is cleverly designed to provide MBA content through a series of case studies that typically form the basis of a job interview. Additional sections on finance, economics and spreadsheeting provide the graduate with a complete toolkit for success in entering this highly competitive sector. Essential reading."
- Christopher Stoakes, Author of Know The City and Commercial Awareness
"The Consultancy Handbook offers a "one stop shop" for all you need to know about careers in consultancy. There are some great tips on how to deal with the dreaded case study interview."
- Claire Leslie, Senior Careers Consultant
"The handbook offers a solid introduction to the world of consultancy - perfect for those preparing for case study interviews and seeking to gain valuable commercial knowledge. A great resource!"
- University College London, Economics & Finance Society
"Our members have found the wealth of information in this handbook incredibly useful when preparing for interviews with consulting companies. It is concise and to the point, and its structure and format makes it easily digestible. Highly recommended!"
- Warwick Consulting Society