McKinsey & Company Interview Questions

Updated Oct 16, 2014
Updated Oct 16, 2014
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Two rounds, first at the local office near campus and the final round at the office I was applying for. First round consisted of 2 45-minute interviews and final round was 3 45-minute interviews. Also had to take a test (PST) before the first round. Each interview consists of a case and fit portion.

    Interview Questions
    • Cases were all pretty straightforward and nothing surprising if you've practiced cases in their firm format before. Grilled most in the fit part, they go very in-depth during the personal experience story.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Could negotiate start date, nothing else
    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 weeksinterviewed 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.  

    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 daysinterviewed 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
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    Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I initially applied for the McKinsey "Insight" program and was invited for a telephone interview (I submitted a full academic CV (4 pages) since they asked for it and I have a PhD). The telephone interview involved a small fit portion and a case for 30 mins. The fit portion went well but I bombed the case and was not invited for the program. I was disappointed but this failed interview led to full-time Associate interview in the Fall of the same year WITHOUT me having to resubmit my CV and hence go through a CV short listing process. Also, I was given an option to interview 1 month earlier than the regular fall interview process, which does not provide an advantage but you could have a early job offer, if you get it.

    1st round (Boston): PST and 2 team cases. You can find information regarding PST everywhere in the internet and as mentioned everywhere it is tough and prepare well for it. Time management is key and make sure to answer all questions. The team cases were regular case interviews led by associates or senior associates from McK. Be proactive and enjoy the process.

    1st round decision: You get to hear within a week if you get through to 2nd round

    2nd round (Boston): 2 case interview with Senior Associates and/or Engagement Mangers and in a rare case with Principals. 45 mins long with PEI and case component. Not tricky cases if you have done enough practice. Be confident, be clear, be structured and do your math quickly and efficiently. For APD candidates they value your confidence and sharpness a lot.

    2nd round decision: You will get to hear within 3-5 days if you get through to final round

    Final round (New York): 3 interviews with Junior Partners (Principals), Partners and Directors (Senior Partners). Essentially exact same format as round 2 but unstructured. Hard to tell what they are looking for at this stage. Be yourself, enjoy the process, make it conversational and nail the math. Make sure your are confident and lively throughout this process. If you dont enjoy the interviews you will not enjoy the job.

    Final round decision: You will get to hear the same day if you make it. If you dont hear the same day MOSTLY you did not make it, but still a small possibility.

    Practice at least 50 cases before the interviews with people who know what the hell they are talking about and not random people

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Nothing, amazing offer, took and ran with it
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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. 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 weeksinterviewed 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
  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.  

    Insight Health Care Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online to Insight Health Care. Submitted academic CV (they do not want a business resume) and personal experience story. The story is very specific - they want to know a time in which you influenced someone else and exactly what you did to smooth over a difficult situation. They're really looking for you to demonstrate four traits - problem solving, entrepreneurial drive, personal impact, and leadership.

    Was called to have a phone interview. Very informal at first - the interviewer wanted to know about my background and why I was interested in consulting. Tried to weave my story together beforehand, which helped this come out more smoothly.

    Transitioned into case portion. My only tip here would be to think out loud about your assumptions - my interviewed chimed in multiple times when I was missing something. I tried to be creative and show that I wasn't just regurgitating a framework.

    Got an email the next week letting me know I was accepted into program.

    Interview Questions
    • An insurance company is thinking of offering a new plan in a state marketplace (mandated by ACA). What should they be thinking about?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 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 weeksinterviewed 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
  11.  

    Management Consultant Business Analyst Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial first meeting was a phone interview for screening. A week later asked to come in for 1 on 3 (senior consultants) interview including math and business case exam. They provided feedback after the interview and had a bit of role playing. Final interview was with partner where he asked more behavioural questions and seeing if it was a right fit. Great conversation with the partner.

    Interview Questions
    • You are faced with a transformational nightmare, what are the steps to overcome losing the client?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I demanded a salary, they blinked, i offered another salary, they took it
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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