Interview Guide Columbia Business School Management Consulting Association Guidebook 2002 Please do not duplicate, copy, print or photocopy 25 TOPICS TO AVOID There are some topics I suggest you avoid. If they steer you in a direction you don’t want to go, there are many subtle ways to move the conversation on. If the subtle approach doesn’t work, just tell them to move on. Insider information Some interviewers may be unscrupulous in trying to get competitive information out of you. As the consulting industry itself is well used to confidentiality, they should respect if you choose to keep sensitive information to yourself or make it anonymous. Alternatively just be blunt and say, sorry, I am not allowed to talk about that. Don’t try and make friends by sharing things you should not. Client confidentiality is a cornerstone of the industry - they may also be testing you to make sure you can keep a secret.
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