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Updated Dec 11, 2014
Updated Dec 11, 2014
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    BA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Passed the PST at first. Then had first round which consisted of 2 separate interviews.
    Each interview was made up of 30 minutes 'fit' questions - mostly about one prior experience. The second part, 30 minutes as well was about a case study

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a stressful experience and how you dealt with it   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    1. Problem Solving Test - multiple choice questionnaire 20 questions, a bit like a comprehension. An exhibit was presented e.g., paragraph about a business scenario, or a graph, then a few questions about it to test your understanding and basic interpretation and deduction skills. No calculators ~90 min. Notified of decision in 1-2 weeks.

    2. 1st round interview: 2 people, each 1 hour, back to back (interviewed with Senior HR practitioner and a Senior Associate). Interview had 2 sections, first a Personal Experience interview, where they ask you to describe a story that exhibits some character trait such as working in a team and solving conflicts. Second, case interview where they present a business scenario, and lead you through the problems, generally 4-5 questions getting towards a solution - starts off being creative e.g., what are the ideas, then drills down to analysing the business case, and finally presenting a solution. No calculators
    Notified of decision same afternoon

    3. 2nd round interview: same number of people and same structure and type of questions. Difference was that I was interviewed by two Associate Principals.
    Interviewed on Friday, notified of decision on Monday

    Interview Questions
    • What are the things you would look at to improve an oil rig?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Test, 2 rounds of interviews

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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  5.  

    Consulting Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied online and invited to PST (problem solving test), a week later an email came inviting for first round interview in 2 weeks ahead. I was interviewed with two different consultants both are Engagement Manager.

    Interview Questions
    • First case was a profitability case for construction company, the second case was a marketing strategy case for service outsourcing company.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
  6.  

    BA Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I got called to the PST test, and having passed that, through to the first round interviews. My interview consisted of 2 x 1hour interviews with junior Mckinsey consultants (around 2 years of experience). The interviews was made up of around 10 minutes of behavioural based questions (tell me a bit about yourself, how do you deal with conflict), and then 40 minutes of a business case study

    Interview Questions
    • Business case discussing market share of a Tractor company based in the USA   Answer Question
    No Offer
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Delhi (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Delhi (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very transparent and competitive. Optimally designed to remove interviewer bias and spans across previous experience, problem solving ability, academic profile.
    Pays lots of attention in synthesis of the problem statement and logical flow of solving the problem. Should be excellent in communication, both verbally as well as in writing.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  8.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Campus hiring. Resume submission and then was called for the first round of interviews to their office in SF. There is a test and then two one on one interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Their style of judging your leadership skills is different.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  9.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I sent out my CV and cover letter. I got invited for taking the PST test.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Engagement Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Mckinsey has a notorious reputation for its grueling interview process. I say it's all relative. Understand the candidate pool from which they chose is highly selective and without a doubt very intelligent. Just because you have graduated from Harvard (or any other Ivy) does not make you a shoe-in, and just because you have never attended one does not disqualify you either. I did not attend an Ivy and was hired as an Engagement Manager, my fiance graduated from Harvard and was not (however she was hired by The Boston Consulting Group). The interview process is as much an endurance test (to see how you perform under duress and maintain an effective thought process) and as a way to see how well you can execute and convey a well structured thought process. That thought process has to be both specific to the case without deviating to much on minor details, yet broad enough to account for any unexpected curve balls. The latter is where I have seen even the brightest individuals fail. The end product is the major concern especially with case studies. It is so easy to go off on a tangent with specifics (of course I only learned this after having received feed back from the interviewers - they commended me on my ability of not straying while still taking into account particulars and I quote "We can't give you any improvement advice; please continue in the same manner in the final round"). Anxiety is a major factor in the interview process... keep a structure and actively listen during case studies as keywords will make or break you from proceeding with the interview process. Mckinsey is also very thorough when selecting a candidate as they will comb through your entire resume to ensure it is not over inflated - know it inside and out and be able to go into a lot of detail. They also what to make sure that you "fit" into their corporate culture so a multitude or personality gauged questions/ scenarios are to be expected all through out the process. Keep good and effective notes because the last thing you want is a simple miscalculation to disqualify you (as in the case of my fiance and she holds a Ph.D in Econometrics). Their is no secret to being hired. You’ll be judged less on specific answers to case questions than on the method by which you arrived at them. In other words, you’ll be judged on how you think. I should also point out that creativity plays as large of a role as is being analytical. They want someone who can combine an intellectual and creative approach to problem solving with practical advice on how to put the chosen solution in place.

    Interview Questions
    • It was long and arduous but the case studies do not set you up for failure - they are a gateway to see your approach to any number of circumstances to a particular case. The keyword being approach.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Case Interview

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation phase, only starting date,.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

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