On April 16th a group of 27 RCC members visited the KPMG office in Rotterdam to learn more about the company’s IT / digital strategy consulting practice, meet internal consultants, and solve a case. The event began with a presentation on KPMG and the three company representatives plus the recruiter present discussed opportunities within the firm. The presentation had an interactive digital element by which the winners of a digital IQ type test were awarded prizes by KPMG. A pizza dinner provided by KPMG was followed by prearranged teams of 5-6 members breaking out to solve a case. The fast paced environment proved challenging, but feedback for all the teams. Following the presentations, members and consultants engaged in an informal networking drink.
On March 29th a group of 17 RCC members travelled to the Deloitte office in Amsterdam to meet internal consultants and solve a case. The event began with a presentation on the different departments within Deloitte and about how the company approaches client challenges. Then prearranged teams of 4-5 members broke out to solve a case. The teams were asked to prepare for an initial “client” interview followed by a presentation to three Deloitte consultants in a fast-paced environment. Following the presentation, the consultants selected a winning team. Following the case, a presentation was given on the recruitment process followed by informal networking drinks.
This year the exclusive members enjoyed a diverse program in Portugal’s beautiful capital during the annual study trip in March. On the first day, the students visited the Dutch Embassy for an interesting information and discussion session about the Portuguese economy, Dutch-Portuguese business relations and the responsibilities of a diplomat. Afterwards, they got a glimpse into Lisbon’s entrepreneurial scene by visiting the startup accelerator beta-i. Since 2010, beta-i has accelerated over 850 startups out of +5000 applications. The day was rounded off by a walking tour through the city and a traditional Portuguese dinner in Alfama, the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon.
On Friday the RCC members solved a case for Santander, one of the largest banks in Europe. The consulting firm Business Setting gave a workshop about different approaches towards cultural transformation. Then the students split up in groups and each of them applied a different change management technique to develop concepts to overcome Santander’s challenges in Portugal. The second half of the trip was used by the participants to enjoy the sunshine, Portuguese cuisine and to discover Lisbon’s surroundings, such as the Sintra, the beaches and cliffs as well as the most Western point of Europe.
The RCC board and the study trip committee would like to thank the Dutch Embassy, beta-i, Business Setting and Santander for hosting us. We hope they enjoy the Dutch ‘stroopwafels’ that we brought for them!
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On Monday March 5th at 17:30, former McKinsey consultant Nicolas Constantinesco gave a sold-out case interviewing workshop to a packed audience of RCC members and nonmembers. The evening lasted for four hours and featured methods for building your own structures for cases rather than relying on frameworks developed in books. Interactive breakout sessions were interwoven with Constantinesco’s advice and experience. He delved deeply into his three golden rules of case interviewing and provided analysis of examples in which seemingly good interviews fail to satisfy the specific aspects desired by interviewers. Questions were asked throughout, making the whole session very interactive.
Constantinesco worked for McKinsey & Company for 8 years working on a wide range of corporate finance, strategy and operations engagements. He later joined KPMG where he co-founded and built the Operations Strategy Group, a team of 40 management consultants. At both McKinsey and KPMG, Nicolas focused on the recruitment process and professional development. He now trains and coaches students to get into the most prestigious consulting firms.
On Monday the 26th of February RCC welcomed BDO Consulting to host a session on the opportunities to work at BDO and to practice a case study. The evening was kicked off by the recruiter Chris, who explained the career opportunities at BDO and the different departments within the advisory sector. He also showed the students BDO’s position in comparison to the Big Four firms and smaller advisory firms. After that, two consultants explained more in detail about consulting at BDO, such as the typical types of projects they do and the clients they have, including how a typical work week looks like as a BDO consultant. Students had the opportunity to ask a lot of question which made the session highly interactive.
After the presentation it was time for the students to apply their consulting skills. For that, BDO had prepared a case related to the healthcare division of a hospital. The students had 45 minutes to solve the case and come up with creative solutions. After 45 minutes it was time to present the recommendations. BDO was impressed by the recommendations of all teams, but one team was named the winner, as they had the most creative and innovative solution.
When the session came to an end, it was time for some networking drinks in the Smitse before everyone went home.
On 17th February, RCC held a Case Interview Training session in collaboration with EY at Impact Hub in Rotterdam.
The session began at 11AM with an agenda of the day. EY invited questions from the members from topics ranging from the influence of technology and AI on theur practices to how EY innovates internally and proceeded to shared their experiences.
Lunch was served, where members discussed amongst themselves, with EY and the board. The members were then divided into groups for the Speed Innovation Challenge, where each group had to solve a problem, make a presentation on the provided challenge and provide recommendations. Two teams were delared winners for their unique ideas, who were gifted with bottles of wine.
The board thanked EY with a bottle of wine as well. The day ended with drinks and snacks at Impact Hub, giving everyone the opportunity to unwind and socialise after a tiring day.
On Thursday 8th February, RCC held a Case Interview Session on Market Entry. We had inputs from the book ‘Case in Point’. The session was kicked off by Astrid who gave an overview of the Ivey Case System and how it could be applied to facilitate the case interview solving process. This was followed by a brief recap of the previous CIS session on Profitability. The members were then introduced to the general step sin solving Market Entry cases.
The second half of the session was spent in solving cases. Cato presented three cases on market entry. Members were asked to solve them and a few enthusiastic members came up to present their solutions to everyone. Later the members were paired up to solve a few more cases on their own. The evening was capped off with networking drinks at de Smitse.
On January 31, Venturis Consulting gave an in-depth presentation on cases pertaining to the legal consulting industry. The presentation began with an analysis of their business and the specific industry that Venturis is involved in. The case that was worked on involved reputational differentials for Dutch law firms engaged in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Groups broke off and analysed the case, presenting their findings at the end of the session. These findings were discussed by the company representatives from Venturis, and the groups broke off again to formalize their recommendations. The event concluded with closing remarks and drinks at de Smitse with the company representatives.
On the 19th of January we kicked off our two-day DHL consulting bootcamp in cooperation with CaseSolvers. We started in the afternoon with a short introduction from CaseSolvers and a re-cap on how to approach complex cases. After that, we had an introduction from DHL consulting. Th HR recruiter Markus and Jurij from DHL consulting came over from Germany to Rotterdam to introduce the company and to tell students more about the projects at DHL. Our members could ask all kinds of consulting related questions before it was time for them to solve cases themselves. Before going into the case practicing part, it was first time for some coffee and cookies to get some last energy in before the interview practice rounds started.
Our members were first divided in teams of five students. We had five interview stations with either an interviewer from CaseSolvers or from DHL Consulting. Each member from the team had to practice once an interview at one of the stations. During the interview, the interviewer rated the candidate along different criteria. The other members of the team listened to the interview when it was not their turn, so that they could learn from the type of case interview style as well. Afterwards, each participant received extensive feedback from the interviewer to work in for next session. At 6 pm everybody had at least practiced once with an interviewer and it was time for some well deserved drink in the Smitse!
Tomorrow would be a new day, the second day of our DHL Consulting bootcamp.