Frequently Asked Questions
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Applying to JED FAQs
Can I apply to JED if I’m a McGill student enrolled in a faculty that isn’t Management?
Yes! We value our consultants having a diversity of backgrounds – as long as you’re an undergraduate student at McGill, you’re eligible to apply.
Can I apply if I’m a first-year McGill student?
Yes! We highly encourage first-year students to apply. While there is no “right” year to join JED, we believe freshmen stand to gain most from the mentorship and career exploration-aspects of the club.
When does JED Consulting hold applications?
Consultant applications are conducted in September, while Sales Analyst applications are conducted in April. For the 2022-23 academic year, the deadline to apply to the Consultant role is Friday, September 23rd. Interviews will be conducted the following week.
Should I come to a JED info session before applying?
Yes! We highly encourage you to attend our in-person info session on Friday, September 16th at 4:00pm (Location: University Center, SSMU Ballroom). Here, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about our firm, recruitment timelines and network with current consultants.
If you are not able to attend our in-person info session, we highly encourage you to attend our virtual one on Saturday, September 17th at 1:00pm.
The information included at both info sessions will be the same, so candidates can attend one without worrying they will miss anything at the other.
Do I need consulting and/or business experience to apply to a Consultant role?
No! We value our consultants having a diversity of backgrounds – provided you have an interest in business and show a demonstrated capacity for problem solving, you might make a great fit for our club!
What does JED Consulting look for in Consultant applicants?
We look for well-rounded applicants and judge on a variety of skills, including your ability to solve problems creatively, communicate effectively and work in a team. We also assess certain intangible skills, such as your curiosity for business, growth potential and genuine passion for JED.
In the resume-screening phase, we take into consideration additional factors depending on the applicant’s year beyond those previously mentioned. For non-freshmen applications, CGPA is a decision factor. For applicants in their third or fourth years – many of whom will be expected to take a leadership role soon after joining the club – the quality of previously completed (or recently secured) internships is a factor.
What does the Consultant interview process look like?
After successfully passing a resume screening, applicants go through two rounds of interviews.
The Round 1 interview tests applicants’ abilities to answer behavioural questions and solve a market-sizing problem.
The Round 2 interview tests applicants’ abilities to solve a longer interviewer-led case, along with additional behavioural questions.
How can I prepare for my Consultant interview?
Since JED has a unique interview format, how you prepare for the interview should reflect that. As with any other interview, come prepared to discuss why you are the right fit for JED and showcase your skills/personality.
More importantly, you should spend some time before your interview getting comfortable with the type of questions you will encounter: a market sizing problem (in Round 1) and an interviewer-led case (in Round 2). While we don’t expect you to be an expert in these (especially if you’re a freshman or non-Management), there are countless online resources that can help you begin developing those skills and enable you to be more confident in your interviews.
I've never done a case interview. Should I be worried?
No, you shouldn’t. We understand that many applicants will have never encountered a case interview before: outside of consulting, few industries use this in their application process. As such, we are not expecting applications (especially freshmen and non-Management applicants) to have any previous case experience.
To ensure a more level playing field, everyone selected for a Round 1 and/or Round 2 interview will receive a list of materials they can use to prepare. We will also be hosting virtual “office hours” before our Round 1 interviews begin, and then again before Round 2 begins, for candidates with any last-minute questions.
Finally, we have specifically built our Round 2 case to focus more on your problem-solving and critical thinking skills, rather than your ability to “beat” the case. In any interviewer-led case (like the one we give to candidates in Round 2), the interviewer will provide most information required to solve each part of the case unprompted.
If I apply for Consultant, can I later apply for Sales Analyst?
Yes! Regardless of whether you were successful in your Consultant application, anyone can apply to become a Sales Analyst in April.
What type of experience do I need to apply to a Sales Analyst role?
Previous formal sales experience is NOT required! We judge Sales Analyst applications on a combination of factors, including their relationship-building abilities, conversational skills, perseverance and passion/knowledge for JED.
I applied for JED and was unsuccessful. What should I do?
Firstly, don’t worry! JED Consulting receives over 200 applications each year for a very limited number of roles. The result of your JED application does not have to determine your involvement in consulting at McGill.
For those interested in consulting, we encourage you to explore the following:
- Case competitions: A great way to build problem-solving skills and develop your network, case competitions are held routinely throughout the school year at McGill and the wider Montreal community. The Desautels Management Leadership Seminar (for U0s and U1s), Case League (for U0s and U1s), Bridge Case Competition, Deloitte Impact Case Competition and McKinsey Defi are just some that happen throughout the year.
- Get involved with other McGill consulting clubs: The McGill Consulting Association (MCA) holds regular events and workshops, while the McGill Social Business Network (MSBN) and McGill Not-For-Profit Consulting program provide pro-bono consulting services to non-profits and NGOs in Canada. While not McGill clubs, Impact Consulting Montreal and REM & Company are joined by many McGill students too.
- Get involved in firm-led pro-bono consulting initiatives: Some professional consulting firms give students the opportunity to consult for non-profits alongside their current employees. Programs include Accenture’s Accent on the Community (AOTC) and IBM ProBono program.
- Get on the right mailing lists: Julia Riscaldino (Consulting Advisor for BCom) and the Bcom Career Advisors run two separate newsletters with opportunities to get involved. Just email them mentioning an interest to be added to the Listerv!
Finally, we encourage you to apply again to JED – whether for a Sales Analyst role in April, or for a Consultant role in September – we would love to review your application again.
What is the difference between a Consultant and Sales Analyst?
Consultants work on two consulting projects throughout the academic year (1x/semester), spending most of their time conducting research, building deliverables and presenting insights to clients. Sales Analysts work over the Summer and Fall, spending most of their time outreaching to potential clients, building project proposals and securing consulting partners for the upcoming school year.
What is the expected time commitment for a Consultant?
Consultants are expected to dedicate between 5-10 hours per week on their project and JED-related activities. While 5 hours/week is most common, as major project deliverables become due (usually in December and early April), Consultants can expect up to 10 hours of weekly work. Given the paid nature of our projects, JED is expected to be the top extra-curricular priority of our consultants.
What is the expected time commitment for a Sales Analyst?
The weekly workload of Sales Analysts is variable and depends on your success securing potential clients. As a baseline, Sales Analysts can expect to dedicate 5 hours/week conducting cold outreach to Canadian companies. As Sales Analysts receive more leads, workload can increase up to 10 hours/week as they seek to respond to client demands (ex. Having additional calls, building proposal decks, etc.). Due to the client-facing nature of the Sales Analyst position, applicants are expected to have flexibility during their Summer/Fall schedules to conduct 30-minute calls during work hours (9am – 5pm).
What work will I be doing as a Consultant?
Consultants can expect to complete a mixture of the following:
- Conducting online market research (ex. On client competitors, industry trends, etc.)
- Collecting primary data (ex. Developing and promoting surveys, focus groups)
- Analyzing data in Excel (quantitative) or across verbal responses (qualitative)
- Identifying insights/trends in data
- Creating recommendations for clients based on research
- Visualizing insights (ie. Creating PowerPoints)
Do I get paid for being a member of JED?
No. While clients pay for our consulting services and club members receive various perks, JED Consulting remains recognized as a club within the Management Undergraduate Society. As such, no member of JED is directly paid for their involvement with the club.