Former McKinsey Recruiter Sheds Light On MBA Summer Internship Hiring Process

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Stacey Oyler shares tips on MBA programs' consulting hiring cycle with leading MBA admissions consulting firm, Clear Admit.

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Oyler’s background recruiting for a top consulting firm allows her to discuss that industry’s expectations and norms with ease and a wealth of knowledge.

On campuses across the country, many first year business school students are in the midst of seeking summer internship positions, many with the hope that these temporary roles will ultimately lead to full-time employment. Last week we‎ interviewed Stacey Oyler, a current Admissions Counselor at Clear Admit. Oyler’s previous experience as an Assistant Admissions Director at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business as well as a recruiter for McKinsey and Company, gave her an insider’s perspective on the do’s and don’ts of landing a consulting summer internship.

The standards and procedures for this recruiting cycle differ from industry to industry, and being well prepared for those variations can be the difference between receiving an offer or a rejection. Oyler’s background recruiting for a top consulting firm allows her to discuss that industry’s expectations and norms with ease and a wealth of knowledge. In the article she touches upon the value of geographical flexibility, patience and preparedness, and the impact each component can have during the series of interviews a student will have with a consulting recruiter.

For instance, Oyler encourages applicants to “think about where you would be valued and where you could most utilize your skill-set. Students seeking strategy consulting roles at firms like McKinsey, Bain or BCG never say that they want to work in Cleveland, but Cleveland needs people.” Oyler has further insights on proper etiquette during case study exercises, echoing the sentiment that silence can be golden. Taking time to quietly reflect on a problem before sharing a solution, she advises, may allow a student to avoid unnecessary mistakes or fumbled speech.

This article comes at a key time for many business school students hoping to break into the top global consulting firms, and Oyler’s perspective – earned through ten years in MBA and recruiting environments – could help them stand out from the crowd. Oyler also shares information about what a student can expect once they are extended an offer and how they can potentially translate internship offers to full-time offers upon graduation. The strength of a school’s relationship to the top players in the industry is also a consideration that applicants should take into account, as “it’s very important that applicants are looking at career prospects for their schools of interest. If you’re dead-set on working for a big three consulting firm, you have to find out where they are recruiting.”

About the company:
Clear Admit is an authority on the business school admissions process and a leading publisher of MBA admissions guides. Founded by Wharton MBA graduates with extensive admissions experience, the firm has been featured in dozens of publications including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. Clear Admit also provides admissions consulting services to business school applicants using a highly personalized methodology that combines the perspectives of MBA admissions officers, expert editors and MBA students to help maximize prospective applicants’ chances for acceptance at top schools.

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