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Getting an Interview
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Tough, but not ridiculous. Unless you're a genius - which, McKinsey seems to find - prepare, prepare, prepare. You may be told that the interview style is one that requires little business knowledge or experience, but read between the lines; 'little' has context, and the context is that you understand basic business concepts of accounting, finance, macro-economics and likely some statistics. If it's been a while, may benefit you to take a couple months and brush up on these.
- Most challenging situation. Describe what motivates me. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Washington, DC) in September 2015.
it was extremely long, with high investment, and ended up in me not getting the job in the last round of interview. i don't know if i would suggest someone go through this process if they are not a masochist - you have a high likelihood of being very disappointed in the end. i am sure working for the company would be great. however, they demand an incredible amount in the interview, with a low chance for success even if you are very good.
- name a time you showed leadership Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Had a phone interview with a recruiter and then I was set up for a practice phone case interview. They also invited me to participate in a case interview webinar. They tell you how they expect you to perform however I did not have the resources to practice many case studies, which I think is key to moving forward in the interview process. PRACTICE,PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
- Tell me about yourself. Answer Question
Helpful (5)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
A month after applying had a brief phone interview. All people I spoke with were nice and polite. From the start they were particular in mentioning that the position was Research and not client facing- which was great for me since I wasn't interested in a consultant role. The phone screening was followed by a two hour interview over video conference from their local office. (The job was in Boston, I am based in another state). It was weird talking over video but the whole system was efficient. Two people conducted the interview-one hour each. The pattern was after initial introductions 1. Tell us about yourself (resume deep dive, be prepared with details) 2. Particular scenarios in your academic/professional life (seemed a tad obsessed with conflict resolution experiences but was okay) 3. Case questions- provided with information and then asked question in four parts as to strategy(increasing prices etc), possible solutions/scenarios, a problem in the case, numerical problems(trickiest because of time and pressure, questions not too impossible though). The information was provided verbally so it can be tricky if you aren't used to it like business school students. (I messed up in one case since I forgot he said 'wholesaler' and not manufacturer like I understood. Nerves I guess.It was my first interview after five years.) All in all, people were nice, the most fun interview I've been to and good experience. I was hoping for a positive response but didn't get it. Asked for feedback, they said they were happy with my responses but the other candidate was more experienced. Makes sense, I am an entry level candidate with only intern experience. Also I forgot to mention, you have to take an aptitude test, like verbal and logical/math. Not difficult but the key is PRACTICE!!
- Wholesaler of towels, but cotton prices are increasing. Answer Question
Helpful (5)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Standard consulting interview process. 1st round interview was done at the office in the city where my school was located. Round 2 I flew out to the city of the office that I was applying to. Round 1 was much more of a general interview, akin to what you read about in Case In Point. Round 2 was more specific and was largely conducted by the decision makers in my target office. In round 2 the cases were cases that the Partners had actuall worked on.
- Operations type questions- Calculating flow rate etc. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
The process was fast. It took four weeks. I had a lot of coaching from current BAs and they are all very friendly and helpful. The cases are not hard at all, but you just have to be strategic about the way you present it. Follow their logic is key.
- Tell me about a time when you had to face a challenge Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
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.
- Nothing unexpected but many behavioral questions Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Boston, MA) in January 2015.
2 first round on-campus - behavioral questions first followed by case interviews. Leadership experience, challenging situation, persuading someone. Be sure to have good stories and be ready to share the details when being pressed further. Cases were tough, required a lot of mental math. Always speak out the logic and don't hesitate to ask for a minute if it helps you give better and more logical responses. 3 final round interviews in office - with two partners and one senior director. Great learning and humbling experience. Cases were a good chance to showcase your thinking process. Once you get to this stage, it means you have beat a lot of highly qualified candidates and you have solid skills. Enjoy the final rounds. Stay humble, be coachable.
- Share a time when you had to convince someone. Answer Question
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
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.
- There weren't really any curveball questions. Just do your practice cases. Answer Question
- No OfferDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Applied through school. 1st round interview and followed by 2nd round with partner. 1st round was case based and also had behavioral component. Recommend interviewer led cases. 2nd round was more behavioral and some ad hoc cases
- Business case Answer Question
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