McKinsey & Company

  www.mckinsey.com
  www.mckinsey.com

McKinsey & Company Business Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Dec 15, 2014
Updated Dec 15, 2014
167 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

73%
21%
4%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

47%
35%
8%

Interview Difficulty

4.0
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

167 Candidate Interview Reviews Back to all interviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty

 

Business Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

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

Interview Details

Applied through university. Standard hiring process - Resume screening, first-round interview in the same city as the university (2 interviewers), second (3 interviewers)/final round (2 interviewers) interview on-site. Recruiter and interviewers were very professional and pleasant. Most of them down to earth. When opinions split in the second round, you can be moved to the third-round.

Interview Questions
  • nothing unexpected. pretty standard questions. interviewers seemed genuinely interested in knowing "why mckinsey"   Answer Question
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Other Interview Reviews for McKinsey & Company

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied on campus and got selected for first round interviews. Their interviews are on the longer side - 1 hour each - with about half being devoted to the Personal Experience Interview (mine were all on leadership and personal influence abilities, and they ask you specifically what you said and how the other party responded) and the other half to the case interview. I had a strange first round experience where my interviewers were very quiet, and when I got stuck once they let me talk myself out of the problem instead of offering help, which probably saved me.

    Interview Questions
    • How to make operations of a transport loading hub more efficient (accompanied by moving diagrams on an iPad).   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    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 in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    First round consisted of 2 50 minute interviews -- about 25 minutes of case, 20 minutes of PEI, and 5 minutes of questions/getting-to-know-you. Both cases were relatively straightforward -- the first centered on sales intensity (revenue generated per square foot) for a large retailer, the second on analyzing the drivers of revenue decline for a wine manufacturer. I actually found the PEI (fit) portion to be the most difficult. Be ready to go in to great detail (specific conversations, thoughts, etc.) during your personal experience portion and be prepared to justify exactly why you did certain things.

    Second round consisted of 3 50 minute interviews with 1 hour break. The cases were more challenging, particularly the math -- you needed to be able to draw information from graphs/tables without being prompted to, and it was sometimes conceptually difficult to set up the correct equations. My advice is to stay calm and be communicative. Tell the interview what you are thinking and what you are struggling with, and with any luck he/she will give you a nudge in the right direction. Additionally, as the second round is with higher-ups in the firm, the format of each interview can be much more flexible. My second interview, for example, was purely discussion based and didn't have a case. Be ready for anything!

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you struggled to set a goal you had set for yourself   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was recruited through on-campus process at a Tier 1 University. The process was very transparent and short- two weeks in total. The initial interviews took place on campus and then I was flown to the Chicago office for the second round interviews. The McKinsey PST (Problem Solving Test) was not required during my interview process. I was told that it no longer is required for students straight out of universities.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was surprising during the questioning. The initial personal fit portion of the interviews was the extremely basic questions- the interviewer is just trying to see if they'd like to work with you at 7:00 PM.
      The cases are straight forward. My advice is to be very analytical and prove how you think. Don't stress the math- My math was far from perfect, but my interviews still went very well.
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Interview Review


  5.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds of interviews. First round comprised of two interviews 50 minutes, each with a behavioral and case interview. Second round consisted of four interviews structured similar to the first round.

    Interview Questions
    • The behavioral interview is not your typical question answer session. They want to know who you are at a deeper level and this is your chance to shine. Know your story inside and out and be prepared to talk in detail about a particular situation.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't try and negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and heard back within a week of the application. I networked with several employees before I received a first round invitation and I think that is the primary reason why I was chosen for a first round interview. The interview itself was straightforward, the experience questions were similar to what I expected and the cases were not too difficult. I would just make sure to brush up on your quick math before the interview and to have a clear plan throughout the case.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was regarding reducing CO2 emissions with electric vehicles. The answer the interviewer was looking for was not too complex, but I was thrown off by the unexpected subject   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied to McKinsey through my university's On Campus Recruiting services. There was an information session in the beginning of the semester where they had nearly two dozen McKinseyites, including former summer interns, current employees, and former employees pursuing MBAs. The presentation featured a partner who showed all of the places around the world that she traveled to with McKinsey. There was also a panel of BAs who talked about their experiences with the firm. After the presentation, I spoke with an MBA student from Dubai. He was very intelligent and well-spoken.

    Soon afterwards, I submitted my application, which was your basic Resume + Cover Letter + Transcript. After being selected for a first round interview, a "buddy" (a Business Analyst) emailed me to ask if I wanted to do a case interview. They also had a session for all of the candidates where they broke into small groups and ran us through a practice case.

    The interview consisted of two hour-long interviews. They each started with a behavioral question where I had to tell a story about my personal leadership experience extensively. Then they went into cases. One was about a linens distributor, and the other one was about research at a university.

    Interview Questions
    • What was a time where you where a group was underperforming and you helped turn it around?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by recruiter, set up for an interview, received a case buddy to study for the case with who came from McKinsey. All around lots of communication and helped with a lot of resources.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

Work at McKinsey & Company? Share Your Experiences

McKinsey & Company

 
Click to Rate
or

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.