I, The Absolute

God is in details

Posted by itheabsolute on February 1, 2006

BCG shortlist did not cause any surprise. It appeared as though both McK and BCG had a joint session to come out with shortlists. I say this because both the shortlists have many common students, most of whom are IITians.

IITians are in great demand. As they say, the biggest differentiator in this age is the ability to get into microdetails. Both Investment Banking and Consulting need from people the ability to get into microdetails and still be able to put these data into a structure. In investment banking, structuring of deals is critical and without being able to know what others will find difficult to know, there is no way to structure exotic products. Similarly in consulting, being able to rip apart a process or a system and see much more than what the client himself can see is what is quite critical in achieving cost savings or new product designs. The world belongs to the people who have an eye for detail and structure. God indeed is in details.

If you haven’t figured out by now, I have not been shortlisted.

9 Responses to “God is in details”

  1. Anonymous said

    i work for a psu and we have beaten the hell out of these iitians…lazy slobs want only a.c.rooms ,good work enviroment..not willing to slog in shop or shifts or offshore sites.
    some of india’s best firms like NTPC never take any iit b.tech fellow.
    and as for their intellectual…its all crap..everyone studies the same things and AIR 50 is no assurance that you will do well in your job/life.
    and as for consulting companies just read “the smartest guys in the room”–it exposes this mc & bcg mindset.–>

  2. Anonymous said

    Who am I, not a Victim of that network, but a silent observer
    of the network clans!

    I commend your sincerity and honesty.

    Pray the best for you.

  3. isn’t it fair on your part to reveal who you are?

    one of the good ways of recruiting is through references. if consulting firms had to do this, why should they come to b-school. having said that, maybe, alumni network and self-preservation instincts of IITians may have played a role. i cannot rule out your thinking


  4. Anonymous said

    you decide to be politically correct by remaining silent on the
    last comment, why ?

  5. Anonymous said

    I am not saying anything about
    IITians, r recruiters alumni
    of IIT’s? also observed there
    is also some hidden agenda among
    IITians (this is personal observation), nothing wrong with that as such it is the essence
    of alumni networking, if
    you don’t mind it is the same
    as ISB networking don’t u think

  6. anonymous

    sure, i figure out from the list there are others too. but that would not change anything because the largest representation is from IITs.

  7. Ashwin

    no complaints in any case. these are successful companies and know pretty well what they are doing.

    sure, at a fundamental level, as a country, we need to move from one perspective, academics, to multiple perspectives in judging a person


  8. Anonymous said

    dean’s listers – yes.
    IITians – not necessarily. The list has non IITian, CA, Com Grad,Eco Grad, MBBS too.

  9. Anonymous said


    Yep – you are right. As much McK and BCG say in PPT’s, they look at overall profile of candidates etc, they still shortlist in India, mostly IIT’ians or dean’s list potential. Academics is the basic thumb rule for selection followed by personality etc.

    Even in my batch, that was the case. The Indian consulting recruiting mindset probably will change over time.

    CO 2004, ISB

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