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McKinsey & Company Associate Interview Questions

Updated Dec 16, 2014
Updated Dec 16, 2014
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I came in as an Advanced Degree Candidate. Round 1 is very non-personal - the vast majority of the decision to pass you to Round 2 is determined by a problem solving test (like the MBA GMAT). Round 2 then is two separate interviews each with a leadershippy/personal piece and then a case study. You HAVE to do case study practice since this is more of a "test" as opposed to an interview. Round 3 I had four interviews with partners - same style as the Round 2, just more abstract cases. I really enjoyed all the interactions I had with recruiters and current employees. I just made too many mistakes in the final round cases. It does not appear that how you do in Round 1 or Round 2 has any influence on the final decision, since, ironically, the things that Round 1 and 2 interviewers said I excelled at were what I messed up in Final Round.

    Interview Questions
    • Partners reuse cases, so I will not be posting any specifics.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Associate Interview

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

    interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    First round: two case studies by two different interviewers (senior managers).

    Interview Questions
    • Cracking the cases were difficult and longer than I thought. Be prepared for the math questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for the associate consultant position as an advanced degree in life sciences. I went to the first round PST and did not pass the test.

    Interview Questions
    • Definitely practice as much as possible and make sure to budget your time accordingly!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    The whole process is challenging as you would expect:
    - Starts with a math test. It is as difficult or perhaps more than the numerical bit from the GMAT
    - 2-3 rounds of 2-3 interviews
    - Each interview has a case and a personal component.

    Interview Questions
    • Perhaps the most difficult bit is the numerical exam at the beginning. Make sure you practice just to avoid typical errors. Also be strategic, if a question is to difficult dont spend too much time in it (as in the GMAT) given that the test is timed.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Pretty standard, it was a 3 round process. Interviewed with HR manager and other associates. Straightforward. They asked about my personal experiences, and wanted to know more about my personal story. The cases that were given were very specific, but not a major surprise. Overall a pretty standard consulting interview process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied online first for the insight program, did not pass the phone screen for the insight program. Did the first around interview in New York office, written problem solving test first followed by two rounds group discussion.

    Interview Questions
    • the time for problem solving test is limiting, better to find a way to practice more   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The first round of the interview process involved a data interpretation/quantitative exam as well as 2 simulated group case study sessions. The second round involved two back-to-back one-on-one with current associates. Each interviewer asked me two behavioral questions, then did a case interview with me. Prior to the second round, you are required to submit your regional preferences, which may be a bit of a strategy game to select offices/regions with openings for your skillset.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Three rounds of interviews: the first is a standardized test of math and business skills. If you pass that, the next round consists of two interviews with associates or project managers. Then, the final round consists of three interviews with partners. Each live interview includes personal interview questions to assess fit, as well as a case study. Everything was very standardized and professional, and for the most part, interviewers were easy to talk to and very interesting, engaging people!

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too unexpected. The personal interview questions really vary but McKinsey tends to focus on the same kinds of things, so it just takes practice.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Many interviews, first 2 with engagement managers then 3 with partners. Was flown to NYC and paid all expenses. I did very good in the cases but lacked structure in both my behavioral and case answers

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The recruiting process through my school was fairly straight forward. After being selected to interview, Mckinsey held a "power round" which consisted for 4 back to back interviews with individuals ranging from Assocate through Partner. Each interview was a combination of case and behavioral. There was no second round interview, and many people heard back about a decision the day of.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you led a team through a difficult situation.   Answer Question
    No Offer

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