McKinsey & Company Business Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Jul 16, 2015
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Business Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (San Francisco, CA).

Interview

Campus hiring. Resume submission and then was called for the first round of interviews to their office in SF. There is a test and then two one on one interviews.

Interview Questions

  • Their style of judging your leadership skills is different.   Answer Question

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    The written test is sort of useless, especially since what they really seem to be looking for are people who can think intensely and strategically about a problem (not math geniuses). One case interview was about CPGs; the second was harder, about forming a city in the middle of the desert. The qualitative part of the interview is more important than people usually think—they base a lot of decisions on how one presents oneself.

    Interview Questions

    • In the second case, about building a city in the middle of the desert, the interviewer wanted me to get to how to price water, and when I wasn't getting there, she started pressing hard. It was disconcerting.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (New York, NY) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Applied online for a Business Analyst position. Initial HR interview with the New York office, followed by an interview with a working consultant. The HR interview consisted of a lot of behavioral questions and lasted around half an hour. The second interview was a case interview over the phone. There was a practice interview in between (again, over the phone) with a former consultant - a McKinsey alumnus, who was very, very helpful as far as tips are concerned.

    Interview Questions

    • The case interview was standard - it had something to do with a beer company in Australia and its falling market share (in terms of growth). The first set of questions had to do with estimating the market size (standard numerical estimation). The next set of questions had to do with diagnosing exactly why the market share was diminishing. The most difficult part, for me, was the conclusion, i.e. recommendations for growing market share.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (Cambridge, MA) in October 2012.

    Interview

    The on-campus multiple-choice exam was similar to the practice offered online. The first-round interview cases were straightforward but the final round (in the NYC office) was quite intense, not because of case difficulty but because interviewers seemed to be on the offensive / I felt like I was being grilled.

    Interview Questions

    • How could you have avoided your greatest failure?   1 Answer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (Washington, DC) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Applied through campus portal. Was called in for the first round of interview at DC. Two rounds of interviews and a PST. Two interviews similar in content and structure. A behavioral question, followed by a business case.

    Interview Questions

    • The process was pretty much as described in the pre interview information sessions conducted by the HR.   1 Answer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2012.

    Interview

    1) Enter system through referral and campus recruiting. 2) Take written test at local McKinsey office. Test covers how you would service a McKinsey client in three case scenarios. 3) Virtual interview with two junior consultants. Each presents you with a relatively closed-end business case to walk through. 4) In-person interview with three senior consultants. Each presents you with a more open-ended business case to walk through, but interviews focus on personal traits and experiences. 5) Job offer!

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about a time you had to convince someone or a group to change their behavior.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation for junior roles :)

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (New York, NY) in September 2012.

    Interview

    International student, who is currently completing a masters at a target university. McKinsey came on campus and introduced itself through various lunches and company presentations. First round interview was held at local office and included a logic test and two interviews. Final round was held in New York and consisted of 3 interviews. The whole application process lasted less than a month (2 weeks online application, 2 weeks for 2 interview rounds and offer the next business day).

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (Boston, MA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    called in a week before interview date. two 45 minute interviews with principal and engagement manager.

    Interview Questions

    • describe a time where you were given a tough task that you were unsure of how to do, and how you went about fulfilling the task   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (New York, NY) in November 2011.

    Interview

    First rounds at Chicago office - two 45-min interviews with 15-20min behavioral and 25-30 min case. Behavioral is super intense and they'll drill down on the same situation for 15-20 min. Interviewers clearly more direct than at other firms. Case itself wasn't as hard as other top firms, but McK will push back a lot more and use that as a way to see if you really understand business dynamics.

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (San Francisco, CA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    Like everyone else, I began by applying online. They don't require a cover letter, but you are dead-on-arrival if you don't take the time to write one. For example, at my university, about 400 people apply in a given year, and 24 are selected for first rounds. My first round was similar to what else you can read here. I took the Problem Solving Test. I definitely recommend you work through the examples online beforehand. You'll get a sense of the types of questions and data sets you'll be dealing with. The key with the test is to prioritize; I'm pretty some problems are designed to take 10 minutes to solve-- a big waste of your time. You are not penalized for guessing, so only focus on the questions that seem doable. Next part of the first round was two interviews, each 50 minutes total-- 20 minutes on behavior/experience and 30 minutes on a case. The behavioral questions are often overlooked in the preparation process, but I strongly encourage you to prep well for them. McKinsey wants to see that you've excelled in four key areas: problem-solving, achievement, leadership, and personal impact. I would prepare two answers for each of these categories. McKinsey will go very deep on each experience you share. During the case portion of my first round, I was given the "good cop, bad cop" treatment. My first interviewer was pretty tough on me, never seeming impressed. He also repeatedly tried to get me to change my answers on questions. The key here is to remain calm, methodically explain and defend your position, without coming across as defensive. If you do this well, you'll get huge points with them. My second interviewer was very genial and helpful, so I had no concerns about that half of the day. About 24 hours later, I received a call informing I had been selected for a final round, and that I was going to be flown out to a different office. They put me in a nice hotel, took me and the other candidates out for a nice dinner, and all-in-all, were extremely hospitable. The final round consisted of three interviews in the same format as before. These were with two partners and the office director. I felt like these only went 'OK'; my interviewers were not terribly responsive or supportive with my answers. However, I projected confidence, remained structured with my answers, and didn't really screw up the math. I got a call about an hour after it was all over. Overall, I was incredibly impressed with how professional the firm was throughout the process. Before each round, I was assigned a case prep 'buddy' (a current BA in the firm) to do a practice case with me. McKinsey strives to help you perform your absolute best during the evaluation process. I've never been treated so well during a recruiting process. Final thoughts: be thoughtful and structured with your answers during the cases; be ready to go very deep on your past-experience questions; project confidence even if you are less confident about your answers; and above all, try to have fun with the process. The cases are a great example of what it's like to be a consultant, and if you want to become one, you should enjoy the cases at some level.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time where you had a build consensus within a large group.   Answer Question

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