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Hope you all have a fantastic semester so far, we would like to introduce more consulting related opportunities to you from UTCA and our partners. Due to the length of all the exciting items,  please click here for the full post.

Brief Items Summary: 

1) UTCA’s first blog on interview tips with a BCG Principal/Recruitment Manager

2) Resume Book set up for Mckinsey Business Technology Office Hong Kong

3) Chair Message from Nspire – National Business Technology Conference

4) EnVision Conference 2012 Newsletter from Rotman Commerce

Please click here for the full post!


UTCA 2011/2012 Executives



Hope you all have a fantastic semester so far, we would like to introduce more consulting related opportunities to you from UTCA and our partners. This will be a long and exciting list!

UTCA Items:

1) Our first blog about interview tips from a BCG Principal/Recruitment Manager is up. Please see here

Stay tuned and we will be posting a new blog soon!


2) UTCA has extended our network to Mckinsey Business Technology Office (BTO) at Hong Kong. They are interested in accepting resumes of UTCA members with the following qualifications:

- 4th year undergraduate student in Engineering or Computer Science OR last year as a graduate student
- Good record of academic achievements, standardized scores if applicable, especially for Masters students (GMAT, LSAT, GRE etc.)
- Minimum 1 year of work experience in: consulting, technology company, or in a technical role in a non-technology company (ex: software developer at RBC).
- Passion for technology
- Desire to start career in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, India etc.). For any selected country, fluency in local language (ex: Mandarin in China/HK, Cantonese is a plus in HK etc.)
If you qualify the above criteria, complete online resume at
If your application is selected, an engagement manager from HK Office is available to provide the following,
- basic career advisory regarding management consulting
- educate the attractiveness of Asia market
- referral
- CV advisory
- application reference if appropriate
3) Nspire – National Business and Technology Conference Case Competition Chair Message:
My name is Alberto Picard-Ami and I am the Chair of the National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC) 2012.
I wanted to extend my personal invitation to invite you all to compete at the NBTC 2012′s Consulting Case Competition. Our competition will be hosted by Deloitte this year, and will include teams from the U.S. such as Yale, Wharton, Northwestern and others. For those of you up for the challenge, I look forward to seeing you and your team at the NBTC 2012. I believe all of you are incredibly strong teams and will enjoy this opportunity. That said, feel free to look up more details at or contact me at .
Ticket Sales went live Jan 20. This is an incredible opportunity you will not want to miss out on!
4) Rotman Commerce – EnVision Conference 2012 
Rotman Commerce Students’ Association is proud to present its signature academic event, the 2012 enVision Conference. On Friday February 10th to Saturday February 11th, 2012, the enVision Conference will take place at the historic venue of One King West located in Canada’s business centre. The conference will feature high profile speakers, interactive seminars and workshops, and professional networking opportunities for students.
For detailed newsletter, please download from here.
UTCA 2011/12 Executives

Hi all,

UTCA would like to present our first blog to provide some insights from consultants at the top management consulting firms. As the 2012 summer recruitment interviews approach, our first blog focuses heavily on interview tips from a BCG Principal/Associate Recruitment Manager.

Please find the link below to our blog and don’t hesitate to email us for any questions/suggestions. Currently, UTCA execs are working closely with McKinsey and ZS Associates to post more blogs in the near future. Stay tuned and good luck with all your applications, cheers!

UTCA Executives 2011-2012


By Ian Xiao

This blog is part of the new UTCA blog series “Ask a Consultant from…” that aims to introduce insightful information on various topics regarding management consulting to our members.

In this blog, I had the privilege to interview Alex Fung from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and listen to his opinions on how to be a successful consultant and a competitive applicant. In addition to a recap of our dialogue, I have shared some of my thoughts after the interview and hope they will be helpful as you travel the journey as an aspiring consultant.

Alex graduated from Ivey at UWO and has been with BCG for about 8 years. Currently, he is a Principal and Associate Recruiting Director at the firm.

Here is the dialogue of our conversation:

Ian: Alex, what truly makes a successful consultant at BCG besides the basic qualifications of leadership, analytics, problem solving, and communication skills?

Alex: There is a long list of qualities that will help you become successful as a consultant in general. At BCG, individuals display a broad range of different strengths. Three examples of qualities that can help make a successful consultant are drive, creativity, and perseverance.

Drive means taking initiative to contribute to the team and the client.  This can include getting up to speed quickly on a new project or proactively identifying potential roadblocks in the project down the road and how to address them.

Creativity is another quality that can be valuable in consulting. Creativity can help to understand a problem from different perspectives, and to get the team to think about solutions in multiple ways.

Perseverance is also critical because consulting can be a demanding job. Many times you will face difficult situations and problems during a project and it helps to have a strong will to overcome these challenges.

Ian: What is your most memorable project at BCG and how has that impacted your view of management consulting?

Alex: I have been with the firm for a while and worked on several projects, and many of them shaped my career in different ways. If I had to pick one, it would be a post-merger integration for a consumer products company. Our client was operating in a market where new entrants were becoming extremely competitive and the merger was able to create new opportunities for growth. I was proud of how much the client valued our contribution and the critical role we played to make the merger successful, across all aspects of the client’s business.

Ian’s thoughts: There are many friends of mine who want to be management consultants because they enjoy the thrill and praise of making a “magical” impact on business. But this reward may require a lot of hard work that consultants put in on daily basis. It is much more than just cracking cases on paper while data is delivered to consultants in a nice package. The process of gathering data may be one of the most difficult parts.

I have heard stories from consultants at top firms who have worked in a flooded basement to recover century-old data, sit in crowded and sweaty hospital in a developing country to observe their daily operation for a week, and station in mining factories in the middle of nowhere for 3 months. I am not sure if these are the worst cases and I can’t tell you how it actually feels because I haven’t done it, but it’s good to remember that there can be challenging projects in any consultant’s career.

Ian: Many of our members are trying to break into management consulting and I want to get some insight from you as a current recruiter. First of all, based on your experience, what are the most important things that a candidate should recognize when they apply?

Alex: The first thing to recognize is that there is a broad range of people who come from different backgrounds to work in consulting and many of them are very successful. We typically look at three sets of experiences – contribution to extracurricular involvement & leadership, work experience, and academics. Most people in consulting are quite well-rounded.

In the application process, I would encourage applicants to fully highlight their most important accomplishments, but to do so in a concise way by prioritizing them in a one-page format.

For students who are not in their graduating year, they should seek experiences that will help them develop their skills – both to build on areas of strength but also to address potential gaps.

Ian’s thoughts: It is value to have experiences on your resume that demonstrate a track record of accomplishment and delivering impact. Be careful, it is not about your ability of obtaining empty titles. You can easily get glamorous titles by joining many executive teams, but true impacts are made over time with focus, drive, and perseverance! Without any true impact, there may not be a solid enough story to tell in the interview. So please plan well in your school year and commit your effort to the right cause.

Ian: What is the most common thing that candidates could improve on in interviews?

Alex: Two areas that I have observed are demonstrating confidence and being thoughtful and concise in responses. Confidence is a key factor to build rapport with the interviewer yet candidates are often more nervous than they need to be. Being prepared for the interview can partly help address this.

I also encourage candidates to work on being thoughtful in their responses. If needed, it’s better to pause and then articulate an answer that conveys the right message in a structured way, rather than just spilling out an immediate answer that comes to mind.

Ian’s thoughts: Based my conversations with many consultants from the firms and friends who were recruited, all of them demonstrate a strong self-confidence without being arrogant!

Why is that? I suspect no client wants to work with consultants who are arrogant or lack self-confidence. Relationships and trust are important in the consulting industry, but arrogance repels relationships and lack of confidence can impact credibility. For aspiring consultants, I think these are pitfalls that deserve closer attention in addition to preparing to crack the case in the interview.

To wrap up, some of the key messages that I took away in the interview with Alex are the following:

1)    To become a successful management consultant, it helps to have drive, creativity, and perseverance while also demonstrating analytics, problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills.

2)    Management consulting is a rewarding job but it does take hard work.

3)    To be a successful candidate, it helps to be well-rounded and to be able to demonstrate a track record of accomplishments and impact.  It is also important to display an appropriate amount of confidence and to convey your messages in a thoughtful manner.

For any questions regarding this post, please feel free to contact Ian Xiao at [email protected] Your feedbacks are crucial to make our blog series successful and stay tuned for more posts in the near future.