Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2009.
Interview Details – Applied online and submitted resume. Was contacted by email concerning offer of interview but giving only 5 days notice for travel plans to be arranged thus costing more for last minute flight/hotel. Initially arrived was large group of other interviewees none of whom expected such a large group. We were greeted friendly then told we would start the day with a one hour test consisting of 26 questions. Additionally we were told that any additional offer of a second interview would mainly consist of results of the test. Next we had three 30 minute case review sessions each with a different case leader. The first case leader was a woman who seemed to be trying to make the session as difficult as possible and had a severe appearing attitude (very standoff, unsmiling, unfriendly). The case did not go well for anyone in my group. The second and third sessions were lead by different men. One had such a strong accent that it was difficult for everyone in our group to understand what he was saying or asking. He was friendly and encouraging however. The final session leader was very clear, encouraging, friendly, and guided the session as would be expected from most case review studies. Overall, it took 4.5 hrs and was a very stressful day.
Interview Question – Should one company purchase another company that is in a very different field? View Answers (2)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2008.
Interview Details – very professional and pleasant catered interview, pretty hard case study and multiple choice test . important to be able to summarize your work and interests, hobbies, ask good questions about mckinsey, show then you fit and can contribute a lot. be energetic, charismatic, and implicitly say "I work hard"
Interview Question – tell me about your work and studies Answer Question
Negotiation Details – reasonable
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2009.
Interview Details – It is basically the standard consulting interview process. However, McKinsey did add a test that all applicants need to take. The test was pretty hard, there was a time crunch, and they only provide one practice exam. It is hard to prepare for, but just be ready to read and analyze graphs quickly. McKinsey also provides you with an interview coach. They will do cases with you over the phone, but I highly suggest practicing cases with your friends.
Interview Question – Just practice as many cases as possible, and work on expressing your leadership abilities in a very concise manner. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They don't negotiate with BAs right out of college.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2009.
Interview Details – I am a PhD student and I applied online through McKinsey's APD program. I did not know what to expect from the interview process. I was invited to the "Interview Workshop and Initial Assessment". At the IWIA I took a written 26 question 60 minute test, then went through two case studies. We did the case studies in groups of 3-4 applicants with a McKinsey consultant leading each group. The written test required analysis of cases and basic math skills; it was pretty similar to the practice test on the website. Overall, McKinsey has a very professional process, they provide a lot of information,and they make it clear what to expect. I did not make it through the initial workshop, so I don't know much about the later rounds. I did find that the people who really wanted a job in management consulting seemed to have a much better idea of what to expect than I did - they had done practice case studies, etc.
Interview Question – The written test required basic math, and the case studies were fairly standard questions (from what I was told), e.g. analyze the situation for this case study. Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2009.
Interview Details – First round interview consists of the McKinsey Problem Solving Test. This consists of 26 multiple choice questions on 2-3 business cases presented within the test. Expect to need to perform math by hand that you haven't had to do without a calculator in years, and to do it as fast as if you had a calculator.
Interview Question – McKinsey problem solving test. Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2009.
Interview Details – The skills test was one hour long with 26 questions pertaining to three different cases. There were about 30 of us taking it at the same time, with three different test versions. I would say that the practice tests are fairly representative of what I saw on the real test. A fairly even mix of quantitative and qualitative reasoning questions. My strategy for the test was to only read the questions, and then mine for relevant info in the background after I knew what I was looking for. This seemed to work pretty well. I finished my first pass of the test in 30 minutes, leaving several blank (if the question looked too hard I automatically skipped it), and then returned to the difficult ones with the remaining 30 minutes. We don't get a score on the test, so there's no way to really know how well this strategy worked, but it seemed well-suited to me.
Interview Question – Why do you want to be a consultant? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2008.
Interview Details – Intense!
There is a lot of prep for these interviews, bec they include cases. I spent months preparing with my friends, reviewing cases together and memorizing frameworks.
First, there is a written skills test they give to many candidates, then they do large group cases together (which they say don't count towards their decision, but I got the feeling they did). Then, a very small group of those people are invited for one on one interviews at their offices at a later date. I was invited to that. The interview was with three different (male) consultants. They were mostly friendly, but the cases were tough. I did not get a call back to the next round.
Interviewed at McKinsey & Company
Interview Details – I was interviewing for a summer role at the London office during my MBA. Although McKinsey undertook lots of activity in the run up to the recruitment process both in their offices and on campus, they offered very few roles to the cohort. Mixed bag of people – some nice, some very robotic.
Interview Question – Questions that weren't applicable to my professional history. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2013.
Interview Details – I've applied to McKinsey online. They have replied in one week, offering a phone interview. Due to a huge time difference I had to speak at night. We have discussed my possible role and I had to cancel my application since it did not quite match my profile.
Interview Question – Why do you want to relocate? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Interview Details – I sent out my CV and cover letter. I got invited for taking the PST test.
Interview Question – I was given the PST test, did not pass. Answer Question
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