Most top consulting firms (e.g. McKinsey or Boston Consulting Group) are providing online career portals to manage the application process for internships and permanent positions. You start your application by entering your e-mail address, a password and personal details to create an account.
Questions about your secondary education, college or university achievements, work experience, your personality, languages skills and IT knowledge should be expected.
Some firms are also demanding reasons, why you apply for the chosen position in the certain firm. After adding your CV (also: curriculum vitae or resume) and a cover letter, you can send your application. The application is more time intensive than just sending a more or less standard cover letter, your curriculum vitae and resumes via e-mail to many firms. You will require 30 min up to several hours to add all relevant information to your application account.