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Updated Aug 2, 2014
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Insight Program Interview

Insight Program

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

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 Question – How many pills does one person take a day?   Answer Question


5 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

McKinsey Solutions Interview

McKinsey Solutions

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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


6 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

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 Question – - 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
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3 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
Washington, DC

I applied online and 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 Question – 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
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Everyone starts in the same place US-wide


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Interview

Associate

I applied online and 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 Question – Profitability of intercity train freight company.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
Boston, MA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – Business case   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Only some things are negotiable with their offer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
Palo Alto, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in December 2010.

Interview Details – Two rounds on campus, third round in the hiring office (all day)

Interview Question – Write equations to calculate online pricing for products sold as a bundle (versus individually)   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation really. Was made an offer; had a choice on whether to accept or not


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Executive Assistant Interview

Executive Assistant

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – The hiring and interview process was extremely professional

Interview Question – What would you do in a certain situation in regards to a "slacking" co-worker.   Answer Question


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Engagement Manager Interview

Engagement Manager
New York, NY

I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2013.

Interview Details – Know your expertise and what you can contribute. Be very familiar with the culture and be prepared to show energy and excitement to be part of the team

Interview Question – Everyone has bad days, our clients do not understand as they pay full price everyday. How can you continue to give 150% on a bad day?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – negotiate for bonus, there is bump available in salary of at least 15%, ask for 6 mth review so that your next bump can come early


3 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – I went through the standard 3 interview rounds for PhD potential hires.
Round 1 was the Interview Workshop & Initial Assessment (IWIA). For this stage of the process, I took an hour long standardized test and had two group "practice cases".
Round 2 was two one-on-one case+personal experience interviews.
Round 3 was three one-on-one case+personal experience interviews at what would become my home office.
After each stage of the process, I was given the chance to get feedback on my performance and talk with someone from the company. I started the interview process relatively uninterested in a job in consulting, but the people I met along the way completely changed my mind. I was extremely impressed by how friendly, helpful, and open everyone at McKinsey was throughout the interview process. The interviews were tough but fair, and I felt like I had a decent idea of what to expect at each round.

Interview Question – I spent time preparing to answer case questions, but I didn't spend as much time early on working on my answers for the personal experience part of the interview. After the second round, I realized the the PE portion needed plenty of prep to come out sounding coherent and polished. I'd highly suggest you come up with several stories about likely topics (leadership, passion, failure, conflict, etc.) and spend some time thinking through how you'd like to talk about them.   Answer Question

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