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McKinsey & Company Interview Questions & Reviews in Germany

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Fellow Associate Interview

Fellow Associate

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – First round interview with McK in Germany. Overall very pleasant and enjoyable experience with some things to pay attention to:
1.) Do not make math mistakes, they will cost you even if you can convey that you are good at math and they were just bad luck. It's better to take an extra 5 sec than to mess up a calculation
2.) Choose your answers to the FIT questions carefully...you are expected to dazzle and shouldn't just be giving an average answers.
3.) On the case, first brainstorm and list a whole mess of ideas that come to mind, then dig deeper and explain the individual branches of your issue tree in detail.

Interview Question – The interview overall was not very difficult and everything that you would have expected.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Munich (Germany)

I interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2012.

Interview Details – Applied for internship in Risk Practice after company event.
One day, 8 hours:
- Problem Solving test + wait
- Interview junior partner + wait -> Feedback: "We continue"
- Interview partner
- Interview project leader

Interview Question – How much money would Deutsche Telekom loose if all German landlines would collapse?   View Answer


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
Berlin (Germany)

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

Interview Details – First response after applying online was very fast - 2 days; was invited to the PST in another 4 days. Received the answer in an hour and the invitation for the first case interview. Was informed after 3 days that I didn't match their criteria and that I can re-apply after 18 months.

Interview Question – Standard questions related to the case and behavioral questions - mostly related to teamwork, multicultural and conflict issues .   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Fellow Interview

Fellow
Frankfurt, Brandenburg (Germany)

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – Submitted CV - invited to AC round 1 - 4 interviews with senior fellows + PST
Round 2 - one interview with project manager focusing on observed weaknesses in round 1
Round 3 - interview with partner - usually just signing contract

Interview Question – Standard case related questions + behavioral questions based on their 4 underpinning values   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Other offer


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Fellow Interview

Fellow
Frankfurt, Brandenburg (Germany)

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

Interview Details – I applied with CV only - McKinsey got back to me very quickly - I was then invited to an assessment day on which it was also decided who would get a job. The interview procedure is exactly as described on

Interview Question – PST is difficult, especially if the language your taking the test in, is not your first. Besides that no unexpected questions per se, case studies were straight forward.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Personal Assistant to the Office Services Supervisor Interview

Personal Assistant to the Office Services Supervisor
Düsseldorf (Germany)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – The interview was done over the telephone. I was referred by a former employee. This was a temporary job as summer vacation replacement. For that job they were more or less willing to accept whoever came recommended. Paperwork was only done on the first working day. This left some ambiguities about the contract terms, for example with regard to reimbursement of travel expenses to and from work.

Interview Question – Do you have a driving license?   Answer Question


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No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Consultant Interview

Associate Consultant
Berlin (Germany)

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in April 2013.

Interview Details – 1. Application to workshop (letter of motivation, CV, certificates)
2. At workshop, schedule appointment
3. On interview day, two rounds:
A) problem solving test (26 multiple choice question in just 1h)
     three interviews consisting of discussing CV, explaining a certain experience and a case study
B) Two more interviews in the afternoon, if you passed part A)

Interview Question – How would you deal with personal issues within a group?   View Answer


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Munich (Germany)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2011.

Interview Details – I've applied online for an internship and was contacted after a few weeks to arrange for an onsite interview day.
They offer you to talk to a consultant on the phone before the actual interview to answer any questions upfront. Usually you also do a case study on the phone with the consultant.

The interview day consists of 2 + 1 interviews (1 hour) with consultants. After the first two interviews,some applicants are already weeded out and sent home.

The first two interview is are equally split between CV questions and a case study. The third interview deals with a single case study throughout.

Interview Question – Practice case studies beforehand and have fun during the case studies to keep an open head. Make sure to practice mental arithmetics as well.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – - Preparation call with a consultant 1 - 2 weeks before the interview
- Dinner on the evening before in a relaxed atmosphere
- Two interviews in the morning, then first feedback and eventually two more interviews in the afternoon. Each interview lasted about an hour with a few questions about the CV and particular "experiences", then a case study.
- The interview was for a position in the Business Technology Office, but the cases in the interview were not specific to IT-/data issues.
- No analytical test (for BTO) and only few calculations.

Interview Question – Interviewer-led case interview: Hardest part was to understand which directions and questions the interviewer was aiming at. This requires both careful listening and some composure (especially if some misunderstanding has happened).   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Berlin (Germany)

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

Interview Details – The interview process was very organized. So you get to choose a date and city in your country for an assessment centre. When you get there, there are about 10 candidates. The interview is divided into 4 sections. 3 one on one interviews and one analytical test. Every interview will be 30 minutes about your CV and 30 minutes for a case study. Case studies can be anything really, so you really need to know your calculations, cause thats what they really want to see. The CV part consists of a situation in your life where you proved something and you have to elaborate quite a lot, which can get a bit uncomfortable, cause they ask you who said what when and how did somebody react.

Interview Question – Come up with a certain situation in my life and explain everything in a way that shows that I am suitable for the position. Analyze mathematical tables within 1,2 minutes and calculate things in front of the interviewer.   Answer Question

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