Tuesday, December 20, 2005
One down.
First round of interviews went well, and this morning I scheduled my next round of interviews with McKinsey. January 11th will be my marathon day at their Morristown office, with at least 3 interviews over 5 hours.

In other news, my brother is home, and will be celebrating his 21st birthday in just a few hours. Tomorrow we will be heading into New York City (braving the transit strike) to a celebratory lunch with my dad, before heading back to Westfield for dinner with my Mom. It's been nice having him around the last week or so - and even if we'll never fully admit it, we both enjoy each others company greatly.

I recognize the lack of commentary on anything besides my personal life lately, and hopefully that will change soon. I just haven't been in much of a writing mode the last 6 months or so, and seeing as many of the people who started writing online at the same time as I did seem to be slowing down as well, maybe it's just the natural order on here. Like everything, there are cycles - times of high and low productivity. I'm sure the upswing will come soon though.


Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Interview Prep
On Friday I'm going in to McKinsey for an interview with their biotech/pharmaceutical department and I've never had as much fun preparing for an interview as I have the past couple days. The typical consulting interview consists of a number of non traditional sections, including an estimation question, business case studies, as well as a problem solving test.

I honestly can't think of anything that would be more right up my alley. Having been doing practice cases from various consulting firms, I've come to realize how much I really want to be working as a consultant. Although I enjoyed doing the research, I never felt like I was truly having fun doing it.

Thinking back on the experiences I've had that were of the consulting type, I always enjoyed them. I just never realized how I could apply those (often academic) incidents into something that I could do in real life. I'm glad now that I took the time post Australia to really think about where I wanted to go with my life. I feel that I'm now taking steps in the right direction, regardless of the outcome of the interview.


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