McKinsey & Company Interview Questions

Updated Sep 16, 2014
Updated Sep 16, 2014
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 days - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Final (Decision) Round interview. 4 1-hour interviews, all one-on-one.

    Came away satisfied with the experience. Assessors are skilled at making you feel comfortable; I felt like if hung out in the office for four hours, rather than feel like it just been grilled for that amount of time.

    Structure of each interview:

    5 minute intro, 15 minute Personal Experience, 30 minute case, 10 minutes to ask questions of the interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you dealt with a difficult team member.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations allowed. If you ask for more money, they don't want you; to their mind, you should see compensation as secondary to your enthusiasm for the firm and to your own personal fit.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Went through normal campus recruiting cycle; written test was just like they told us. We all took the test together and everyone felt it was very difficult! One interview on campus and a second round in the office location.

    Interview Questions
    • Case interviews, nothing out of character; Case in Point was helpful (cliche, but true!)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not able to negotiate; definitely entering as a cog in the system
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Experienced hire. Standard PEI and cases. Nothing very surprising in terms of the content of the interview. The most important thing is to be able to think fast and accurately under stress. The interviewers are all very friendly and really do help you relax. They really want you to succeed and do guide you when you are stuck. Great firm culture and very enjoyable interview process.

    Interview Questions
    • Dig deeper and draw implications on very vaguely drawn charts/exhibits.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Engagement Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Based on a very structured case and behavioral interview. You need to be well prepared for the business case section to get in. There is no secret sauce other than practice and confidence in delivery. On the behavioral you need to have a clear and articulate story where you created impact.

    Interview Questions
    • the case is well structured with analytics, conceptual question and quantitative section.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Insight Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    After the CV submission, they followed up in two weeks. They set up a phone interview with 1-week window to choose. The interview lasted for ~30 minutes. The first part was a 10 minute fit interview. The questions are like what is the reason you want to join McKinsey, why do you want to leave academia and so on. And then there was a 15 minute case interview. Then there was a 5 minute question session.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    McKinsey Solutions Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 phone screens, first with a member of the team I applied to and second with an HR person
    in person interview #1: 2 interviews with prospective center staff and manager, 1 interview with team member
    in person interview #2: 2 virtual interviews and one in person behavioral interview
    in person interview #3: 1 virtual interview, 1 in person with senior leadership

    Interview Questions
    • In 90 seconds, give me a summary of why you want this job.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Yes, got an extra 8K (+10%) one time signing bonus. Usually base salary is set, but signing and moving bonuses have some wiggle room
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    -- Quant test
    -- Business case + personal interview
    -- 9 interviews total: 3 days with 3 interviewers each day
    - Tell us about a time you demonstrated leadership
    - Tell us about a time you influenced your superiors
    - Tell us about at time you demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit

    Interview Questions
    • - Tell us about a time you demonstrated leadership
      - Tell us about a time you influenced your superiors
      - Tell us about at time you demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit
        Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Problem solving test
    Case studies (2 days of 3 interviews each)
    Personal experience interview (2 days of 3 interviews each)

    If you're an MBA, you may do a "Power Round" (all in 1 day on campus)
    Fit is a huge part of the interview -- show you're enjoying the case and enjoy talking to the interviewer
    Practice for the PEI -- as many people screw it up as mess up the case

    Interview Questions
    • Always a case and a PEI
      On the case, be structured, creative, and don't mess up the math!!
      Practice the math -- I had math professors mess up the math in interviews because they hadn't practiced computation. It's just addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and basic algebra, but without a calculator and under pressure. Make sure you tie the math back to the case -- what is the data telling you
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Everyone starts in the same place US-wide
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Introduced to recruitment manager for initial casual chat re process etc. by a friend. Applied online a few months later. Interview - 2 rounds. 1st round - problem solving test (!!!!!) and 2 50-min interviews, 1 on 1, consisted of 1 behavioural qs and one case each. 2nd round - 3 50-min interviews with partners.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    McKinsey's interview process is very selective. In fact less than 1% of the people who are interviewed end up with a full-time offer. For an associate, the relationship starts early on with coffee chats and dinners. You then have to prep for full case interviews and then go through multiple rounds of interviews.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Only some things are negotiable with their offer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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