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Updated Jan 27, 2015
Updated Jan 27, 2015
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    Executive Assistant Interview

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    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    The entire process took about 2 weeks from the time I submitted my resume. They did a phone screen, and then I was brought in for an in person interview with several staff. They gave a test in Lotus Notes and a Wonderlic exam. Everyone was very friendly, and the benefits at the company sounded great. I was told the next step would be one last in person interview with another manager.

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    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    I applied online, received first round interview on campus. It consisted of 2 back to back one on one interviews. Each interview had a personal experience (telling a story to answer a personality question) and a case.

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    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

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    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my university, which takes part in McKinsey's formal campus recruitment process. The first round consisted of two back-to-back case interviews, which were about 45 minutes each. Those who move on to the next round are typically flown to a McKinsey office for interviews. Offers are extended after several rounds of interviews. Overall, the company's process is fair and transparent.

    Interview Questions
    • There were typical business cases; there was nothing unexpected. Each interview began with questions about how I managed disagreement in a group setting.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

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    I applied through college or university – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Applied through campus recruiting from a target university. They had a series of events leading up to the interview including coffee chats with consultants and a case interview workshop. The interview was standard two interviews, each an hour long, split into personal experience and case interview. You're advised to use a different story for each interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    • Delve into a story where you had to persuade someone to do something. Develop a product strategy for a wine manufacturer and distributor.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer(Sophomore Diversity Leaders) Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

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    Applied online and was contacted to set up an interview at the nearest office. Scheduled online and was interviewed by two different Associates. Each interview took about 40 minutes--both were extremely friendly and the environment was very relaxed.

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    • Half was case interview, half was personal (going over parts on resume, etc.). There were no "brainteasers" or anything of that sort at all.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Management Consultant Associate Interview

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    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by a recruiter via LinkedIn, process was formal and professional, HR wants to make sure they are hiring the best and the brightest.

    I would have been what they call an experienced hire, meaning not someone straight out of undergrad or business school. I think the process for experienced hires is a bit more vague, and it seems like most people who land a job here get it through a campus recruiting program.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Round 1 interview
    Did 2 case + behavioral interviews
    Though I did quiet well both on behavioral and cases.
    It would have been better if I got feedback from my first interviewer who I thought was the one to ding me as my second case interview went really well. Everyone else was provided feedback on the interview but my interviewer didn't even after I emailed her asking for one. That ruined the entire process for me becuase I had really connected well with the company and wanted to get some honest feedback on what I could improve upon.

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    • Stumbled a bit on the first case which included estimating an issue with one of the retail package products of a CPG company.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

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    I had gotten an interview through my school's on-campus recruiting program. The interview did not really deviate from the descriptions that I had found in various prep books. It consisted of two back-to-back interviews with different consultants. Each interview began with a heavily-guided behavioral question, in which I had to tell a story relating to a situation ("tell me about a time when you..."), and followed the storytelling with a case. The cases were pretty straightforward. There were a few quantitative questions in each case, but nothing more difficult than basic arithmetic. Each interview concluded with a chance to ask questions.

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    • There weren't really any curveball questions. Just do your practice cases.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Procurement Systems Interview

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    I got a called and held a quick phone interview, after which I was asked to come to the office. Once I got there, it seemed to me the person had no idea we had talked on the phone before and exchanged emails... Before I sat for the interview though, I was given an excel test, which I was first told I would have 30 minutes, but it turned out to be 20. I was also told I would be given a wonderlic test, but I was not given any. My overall impression is that the office is ran by very snobby people.

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    No Offer
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    Business Analyst/Management Consultant Interview

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    There's resume screening, then I got the chance to revise my office preferences (which I indicated in the application form). The next stage was the first round on-site interview with 2 consultants. The final (or second to the last stage, depending on circumstances) moved on to the second round on-site interview with 3 consultants. Very pleasant experience. The recruiter is very professional and nice.

    Typical interviews, and the formats are identical to what McKinsey posted on its website. There are case-coaching sessions right before each round (once one proceeds beyond the first-round). It seems that most APD and Associate hires go through three on-site interviews by default. Undergrad BA hires go through two on-site interviews.

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    No Offer

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