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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.

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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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