I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.
Interview Details – 2nd round, standard McKinsey interview format. Felt good right after the interview. But was informed no pass. APD background, feel like the pool is very competitive. In general, the case by itself was not very difficult, but my feedback says more structure and implication is required. not sure my decline is because of performance not reach the minimal requirement or I was cut out because others out performed me.
I applied online - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online for the associate consultant position as an advanced degree in life sciences. I went to the first round PST and did not pass the test.
Interview Question – Definitely practice as much as possible and make sure to budget your time accordingly! Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.
Interview Details – Round 1:
- PST which you need to work quickly through
- 2 breakout sessions that were sort of useful
- Regional interview with a lot of preparation material and advice provided by McKinsey.
- The 2 interviewers are an associate and an engagement manager
Interview Question – Mostly covered in the other reviews.
They don't seem to go as in depth as I imagined. I suppose they look more at problem solving skills than actual ideas. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2012.
Interview Details – The on-campus multiple-choice exam was similar to the practice offered online. The first-round interview cases were straightforward but the final round (in the NYC office) was quite intense, not because of case difficulty but because interviewers seemed to be on the offensive / I felt like I was being grilled.
Interview Question – How could you have avoided your greatest failure? View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2012.
Interview Details – After PST, there was a group case study, which I found very helpful. I paid lots of attention to the feedback I got from their consultants. During the next week or so, I focused on improving some of my previously weak areas, such as structuring and synthesis. Very smoothly, I passed the second round of interview. For the final round, I met three principles. The questions were reasonable, and sometimes like a conversation. Cases were regular as well. However I was a bit too nervous, and wasn't able to show my true personality and communication skills.
Interview Question – All the questions seemed reasonable to me. What really matters in my opinion, is whether you can think logically and convey the message clearly. View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
The process took 2 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Interview Details – Extremely complex and elongated interview process. Consisted of 2 phone interviews, 6 in-person interviews (across multiple locations), multiple rounds of feedback, and a problem solving test (akin to the GMAT). The interviews were split between case studies and personal experience, with equal importance on each segment.
Interview Question – There are some challenging case studies during the interview process. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No need to negotiate - compensation & benefits were very good.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in July 2013.
Interview Details – Went through a recruiter - interviewed in person - then a second in person interview where I met other assistants and partners
Interview Question – How do you handle a partner blaming you for a mistake that was actually theirs? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Interview Details – The whole process is challenging as you would expect:
- Starts with a math test. It is as difficult or perhaps more than the numerical bit from the GMAT
- 2-3 rounds of 2-3 interviews
- Each interview has a case and a personal component.
Interview Question – Perhaps the most difficult bit is the numerical exam at the beginning. Make sure you practice just to avoid typical errors. Also be strategic, if a question is to difficult dont spend too much time in it (as in the GMAT) given that the test is timed. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2009.
Interview Details – A well documented case study process run through an MBA program. There were some behavioral questions but bulk spent on cases. Focus on what they have on the website -- the review process mirrors this quite closely. Interviews were one-on-one, with final decision given immediately after final round of interviews.
Interview Question – One partner went off on a tangent about a specific industry I had some background in. Not difficult, but outside the proscribed interview structure, making me unsure how good/bad that round went. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Minimal negotiation, as salary was fixed rate for all incoming MBAs
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