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Updated Jan 27, 2015
Updated Jan 27, 2015
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  1. 13 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

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    Interview Details

    Three Rounds of interviews:
    1st Round - test
    2nd Round - 2 case interviews + fit questions
    3rd Round - 3 case interviews + fit questions

    Read website which has extensive explanations of interview process and practice cases. Get a hold of business school case books for further practice and refinement of structured problem solving techniques. Practice doing calculations by hand, short cuts, and doing calculations in front of people.

    The feedback I received was that I was energetic, genuine, and seemed comfortable. Try not to be nervous. Also have structured responses for fit questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Tech company wants to enter the healthcare space. You have a meeting with the client next week. How would you think about structuring this meeting.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Summer Business Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Two interviews for first round, four interviews for second round. Each interview was an hour long - 20 minutes on behavioral and 40 minutes of casing. Behavioral questions are in-depth (e.g., you are asked to give very specific details). The cases are challenging and follow the format of the online practices cases. Best way to succeed is to practice casing using their online materials/videos.

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    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Salary is comparable (if not identical) to other top consulting firms. I did not feel like I had any power to ask for a higher salary (nor did I feel like I needed one).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Executive Assistant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    The entire process took about 2 weeks from the time I submitted my resume. They did a phone screen, and then I was brought in for an in person interview with several staff. They gave a test in Lotus Notes and a Wonderlic exam. Everyone was very friendly, and the benefits at the company sounded great. I was told the next step would be one last in person interview with another manager.

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    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied online, received first round interview on campus. It consisted of 2 back to back one on one interviews. Each interview had a personal experience (telling a story to answer a personality question) and a case.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my university, which takes part in McKinsey's formal campus recruitment process. The first round consisted of two back-to-back case interviews, which were about 45 minutes each. Those who move on to the next round are typically flown to a McKinsey office for interviews. Offers are extended after several rounds of interviews. Overall, the company's process is fair and transparent.

    Interview Questions
    • There were typical business cases; there was nothing unexpected. Each interview began with questions about how I managed disagreement in a group setting.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied through campus recruiting from a target university. They had a series of events leading up to the interview including coffee chats with consultants and a case interview workshop. The interview was standard two interviews, each an hour long, split into personal experience and case interview. You're advised to use a different story for each interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    • Delve into a story where you had to persuade someone to do something. Develop a product strategy for a wine manufacturer and distributor.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Summer(Sophomore Diversity Leaders) Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and was contacted to set up an interview at the nearest office. Scheduled online and was interviewed by two different Associates. Each interview took about 40 minutes--both were extremely friendly and the environment was very relaxed.

    Interview Questions
    • Half was case interview, half was personal (going over parts on resume, etc.). There were no "brainteasers" or anything of that sort at all.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Consultant Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by a recruiter via LinkedIn, process was formal and professional, HR wants to make sure they are hiring the best and the brightest.

    I would have been what they call an experienced hire, meaning not someone straight out of undergrad or business school. I think the process for experienced hires is a bit more vague, and it seems like most people who land a job here get it through a campus recruiting program.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    BA- Operation (Implementation ) Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Applied through email. Was contacted 2-3 month later. Was invited for PST, it was very hard. Practice online a lot ! the week after I was contacted and been told that I passed the PST and interviews are within 2 weeks. Day one I had 4 interviews each one had a case and behavioral part (about 30 case -20 behavioral). Day two, I had one intense interview, it was only behavioral (no case). questions were tough. Mainly about leadership and communication/presentation skills.

    Interview Questions
    • List and explain 5 different strategies to convince someone that your point of view is correct   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

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    Interview Details

    I had gotten an interview through my school's on-campus recruiting program. The interview did not really deviate from the descriptions that I had found in various prep books. It consisted of two back-to-back interviews with different consultants. Each interview began with a heavily-guided behavioral question, in which I had to tell a story relating to a situation ("tell me about a time when you..."), and followed the storytelling with a case. The cases were pretty straightforward. There were a few quantitative questions in each case, but nothing more difficult than basic arithmetic. Each interview concluded with a chance to ask questions.

    Interview Questions
    • There weren't really any curveball questions. Just do your practice cases.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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