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Updated Jun 22, 2014
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Associate Consultant Interview

Associate Consultant

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – none, straightforward   Answer Question


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Neutral Experience

Summer Associate Interview

Summer Associate

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – Tell me about a time you led a team through a difficult situation.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Summer Associate Interview

Summer Associate

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – Applied online and was invited to the McKinsey office to take the PST test with several other candidates. We took about 45-min to do the PST test and then broke into small groups sessions with McKinsey associate. We had a total of 2 group sessions. Each group had about 5-6 students with one Associate and we went through a case study.

Interview Question – No personal questions, we just went through a case study as a group.   Answer Question


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Neutral Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – APD applicant still in the application process. Submitted application online. Received an invitation for IWIA with several potentially interested offices. PST is straightforward. Make sure you practice the tests given on McK website. Group case session was useful. Remember the feedback you get, so you can apply them to the second round.

Interview Question – I will update this when I get to the round 2   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Summer Associate Interview

Summer Associate

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – As part of a non-target school, the interview process prep was not very intensive, but most people involved were nice and helpful. The first round consisted of 2 45 min interviews (behavioral and case). They try to be very calm and nice throughout the process, although they are not very forthcoming with feedback right away.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to demonstrate leadership, making sure it is not something that was solved in one meeting.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Summer Associate Interview

Summer Associate
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2013.

Interview Details – The recruiting process at the school was enjoyable and positive. They make a real effort to let the students know about the company and to get to know the people.
There were two interviews, each 45 minutes long. The interviewers were pretty poker-faced, didn't help out too much, and were actually quite intimidating, and not very personable.
They say that they're rooting for you and they're trying to help, but it really doesn't feel that way in the interview. If I didn't tell them exactly what they wanted, they would look upset and would not make any effort to push me in the right direction.

Interview Question – The first case was a little unusual, the second was pretty standard.   Answer Question


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Associate Interview

Associate
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in March 2011.

Interview Details – Off-cycle, 3rd year PhD student leaving early, interview at Associate level. PST SFO, round two Silicon Valley, round three Manhattan. No offer.

Interview Question – (In response to behavioral interview) Imagine I'm a fly on the wall - give me the line by line conversation you had.   View Answer


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Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2012.

Interview Details – This was MBA recruiting. Took the PST, passed first round, failed second round. I felt the second round interview went poorly because of interpersonal interactions with the interviewers rather than any technical failure, though the reason they gave me for not extending an offer was "structuring."

Interview Question – The most difficult parts were the case, hands down, but not necessarily because of their content. The hard part was the context - I was in an unfamiliar city because of regional interviewing, and my time was short because I was flying in and out for a day trip. Because of this, the cases felt rushed and I couldn't really be myself.   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
Hartford, CT

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2012.

Interview Details – Standard process for b-school students. Submit resume (no cover letter), interview requested via e-mail, call from current alumni to go over process and practice, then on day-of, two interviews back to back

Interview Question – Behavioral question: Tell me about a time that you had to deal with a difficult person in a team environment.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – Applied online. First round consisted of the Problem Solving Test and two group interviews. The PST was tricky (be sure to do the practice tests on the website), but not impossible - just make sure you don't get yourself into time pressure. The two group interviews had different formats. In one, the interviewer singled people out to solve various parts of the case; in the other, we discussed the case questions as a group, and then one person (rotating) would present the group's conclusions. I think the only trick here is just to not disqualify yourself by being a jerk.

Moved on to Round 2 a couple of weeks later. This round consisted of two ~50 minute interviews which were very structured - a quick resume question, a personal experience component where you tell a story, and a highly structured interviewer-led case. One of my two interviewers was very genial, and made the case an engaging and interactive process. However, the other interviewer seemed not to like me (or was in a bad mood), and stonewalled me throughout the case.

Got a rejection call a few days later from the second interviewer, who was once again a bit awkward and condescending. Oh well - they make their interview process out to be a foolproof and scientific system, but in the end it's just the luck of the draw.

Interview Question – No curveballs here - they do a good job of preparing you for what's to come in the interview.   Answer Question

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