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McKinsey & Company Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Consultant Interview

Consultant

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – Overall, it was an amazing interview process. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to join a well renowned consulting firm. You would be a bit jittered by the interview process but it will all turn out good if you are capable of getting in.


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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Consultant Interview

Consultant

The process took 3+ months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – I sent in my CV and got invited to a PST test. Passed that round. The next round was a video case interview with two associates from 2 offices. Heard back the next working day that I passed and should be interviewed that week. However, did not hear from them for the next 3 months about the last round interview( I call them first and then every two weeks to check the status of the interview. They said that they didn't know when it would happen). At first, it was only 1 interview for the last round. First interviewer was half an hour late and very rushy. Few hours after that interview, I was called about the possibility of another interview three hours after that. Waited for they to call back but no sign, so I called them slightly before 3 hours was over and heard that, yes, there is an interview in less than half an hour. Honestly, I would like to be treated with a little more appreciation.

Interview Questions


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Insight Participant Interview

Insight Participant

I applied online and interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – Phone interview. Ask behavior questions and a relatively straightforward case question.

Interview Question – brainstorm all possibilities   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – Pointers for the process:
the test is time limited in a way that you cannot answer all the questions. Pace yourself accordingly. The interviewer wants to check your thought process - don't panick, ben calm and be yourself.

Interview Question – Analyzing Apples disruption of the music business.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Other candidates would really appreciate relevant details that affected your decision.


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – Very very structured process. First round interviews followed a set pattern, first they ask you about you. They want you to highlight how you have tuned your leadership qualities and can be impactful. Next they walk you through a business case where want you to follow their lead. This helps you focus more on providing your most insightful comments as opposed to keeping an eye on the clock. During the final round interviews, it is more of the same except the fact that because partners are involved, you may get more open-ended questions during the case

Interview Question – The case interview was the most difficult as you are expected to think in a structured manner on your feet, on a case that is foreign to you.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations, I had to accept their standard North American package for associates


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Summer Business Analyst Interview

Summer Business Analyst

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – It was extremely well organized and was very indicative of the type of work that I ended up doing as an analyst. Went through three rounds - first round consisted of a written exam and the second and third rounds were conducted on site and consisted of three cases each.

Interview Question – What is your favorite color and why?   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

I applied online and interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – Group interview- after the PST, we were presented with 2 cases. pretty straight forward exactly as explained on their website. If you dont answer or make a mistake they will point you out and as you a questions

Interview Question – Asked me to do some calculations. should be good with doing math under pressure   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

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

Interview Details – The whole process is very clear, in the McKinsey style. They tell you every piece of information you need to know, and don't really throw any surprises at you. Also, every person I encountered was extremely nice and personable. Whether you are accepted or now, the process is a valuable growing experience.

One bit of advice - every interaction is actually evaluative on some level. They are watching you from the beginning in order to understand if you'll be safe to put in front of a client, so don't take them literally when they say things are "non-evaluative."

Interview Question – I was surprised at the amount of detail they wanted in regards to your answers to the "fit" questions.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Anonymous Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – I applied to insight healthcare in 2012. The first step is resume screening. I feel that if you are from a top school, you will propobably past it, if not, it kinda depends on luck. Then there was a phone interview. The interviewer was caught in something, so he called 1h later. Then he didn't ask anything about business case, just a few questions about experience and why consulting. Then it was over. He is very nice

Interview Question – in fact, the most difficult one is why consulting, since I've go a PhD, he ask me why not keep going on this track. I made a mistake and was too honest about the fact that I am not quit sure that I'd like to consulting over acedamic jobs.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Consultant Interview

Consultant

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – 2nd Round: had two interviews which consisted of fit and case interviews back to back.
Be well prepared with fit interview questions.
Bring good stories with enough details as they will ask them.

Interview Question – Specific actions I took and why in the fit interview questions   Answer Question

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