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Updated Sep 29, 2014
Updated Sep 29, 2014
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    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    first round consisted of 2 case interviews and 1 personal interview with a recruiter. Cases include slides/written information from which you have to obtain relevant parts to answer the case questions. Some hard numbers to do calculations (i.e. not easy rounded ones) with, so be prepared for this. being able to do fast and accurate calculations is a big plus to keep the momentum going in the cases.

    Interview Questions
    • all three interviews asked for an example of a team situation that went the wrong way, and what my personal influence was to steer the team into the right/succesfull direction, could not use same examples so be prepared to have 3 such examples.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submitted my application online and was called back within a week. As this was my first application with a management consultancy firm I asked to be given enough time in between the steps, which they happily have me. There were two rounds, and two informal meet ups (once practice case, one lunch).

    Interview Questions
    • What different business models can you identify in the bus transport sector?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Fellow Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First round interview with McK in Germany. Overall very pleasant and enjoyable experience with some things to pay attention to:
    1.) Do not make math mistakes, they will cost you even if you can convey that you are good at math and they were just bad luck. It's better to take an extra 5 sec than to mess up a calculation
    2.) Choose your answers to the FIT questions carefully...you are expected to dazzle and shouldn't just be giving an average answers.
    3.) On the case, first brainstorm and list a whole mess of ideas that come to mind, then dig deeper and explain the individual branches of your issue tree in detail.

    Interview Questions
    • The interview overall was not very difficult and everything that you would have expected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Academy Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied for an intership at McKinsey & Company and got an interview round scheduled. Both the recruiter and the consultants were very nice people; the structure of the interviews was as usual: one interview with a recruiter, two interviews with recruiters.

    Both cases were of a normal level, but unfortunately I did not do well enough to go for a second round. They provided helpful feedback afterwards.

    Interview Questions
    • I was given a slide with specific information. The question was: what can be concluded?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    3 rounds for the fellowship program
    First was resume screening
    Second was problem solving test; practice from 3 examples on mckinsey's website is enough just to know and be familiar with the structure. Prepare speed math. Wear your watch!
    Third was personal and case interview in 40 minutes; relates to consultants and their jobs

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process consists of two blocks of three interviews. These interviews are 1 on 1 with a McKinsey consultant. In the first part of the interview the consultant will first ask you to describe a situation in which you typically demonstrated one of the 4 areas Leadership, Problem Solving, Personal Impact and Achieving. The interviewer will then ask about details of the situation and how you reacted, what you did etc. The second part of the interview is a case, which the consultant gives you a couple of infos about and you are expected to solve, by developing a structure, asking questions and finally elaborating a solution together with the interviewer. Finally you get to ask the consultant any questions you like. In between the first three interviews and the lunch break you solve McKinsey's "Problem Solving Test", a written multiple choice test of 45 minutes, which gives you mini cases and charts and graphs to go with them and asks you questions on these charts.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation in which you demonstrated leadership of a team of people?   Answer Question
    • You are consulting for a transport company, which has never been profitable, please figure out reasons for the lack of profits and potential solutions to the problem.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Fellow Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    An initial multiple-choice problem solving test (McKinsey PST is extensively covered on the internet) followed by three rounds of interviews: one in my country of residence (an AP and an Associate) and two in the hiring office (a mixture of EMs, APs, and Partners).

    All interviews lasted for one hour and involved solving a case and discussing your personal experiences of leadership, team work, working under stress, etc.. The cases were all rather standard, and the interviewers were very involved and helpful in getting you to cover all aspects of the case and arrive at the right conclusions - no leaving you to wander in the dark for 20 minutes and then announcing that the time is up. Actually, I found discussing my personal experiences more of a challenge, as the interviewers required well-defined, concrete examples.

    Throughout the process, the staff at all levels appeared extremely intelligent, level-headed, and fun - I am confident they would have made great colleagues.

    Interview Questions
    • Give me a concrete example of a situation when you lead a team to overcome a challenge   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Accepting the offer would mean moving out of my current industry, so eventually I decided this is not a good idea.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    The first round consisted of three interviews; Two case interviews with consultants and one interview with a recruiter. The business cases used in the interviews ar slightly different than the 'usual' practice cases. They mix up case categories so that the outcome of the case MUST be based on your own logical reasoning during the interview.

    For the interview with the recruiter, be sure to use examples that clearly exemplify a situation here you achieved something or had a personal conflict. The examples should be specified into the exact reasoning and interactions you had during the situation. Don't just give them a story they like to hear; keep it personal.

    Interview Questions
    • PEI: What is the accomplishment you are most proud of in your life ?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    At first I had to be evaluated on a standard test. A month or so after completing the test I received an email message telling that I had passed the test and that I had to do a few interviews/tests.
    Then followed a barrage of 5 interviews/tests were I had to answer a few questions about myself and my track record so far and also had to solve a few case studies.

    After this was over I was finally told that I had passed the interviews/tests and I had an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    This really doesn't apply to me as of yet. But I think things will flow easily.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Summer Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madrid (Spain)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madrid (Spain)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    After applying online, I was sent an email several weeks later, announcing I was selected to be in the next step in the application process.
    The interview consisted in a test, with five or six cases of study. You were not allowed to use a calculator, and the test was very deep and long. Time and answer as many questions as you were able to, were very important.
    Then, I had two different 1:1 interviews with a consultant about an hour each one. First ten minutes were about personal questions: challenges, reasons to apply, etc. But most of the time was a case of study, which was very hard, and you need to be very fluent and experienced in order to solve it properly.
    Definitly, I think it was too much for an engineer not an economist.

    Interview Questions
    • Have you ever found a serious problem while working in a team? How did you solve it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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