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Updated Jul 2, 2014
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New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – PST, 2 1-hour on-campus interviews, 3 45 minute in-office interviews

Interview Question – PEI in general can be tricky   Answer Question

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Business Analyst
Austin, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.

Interview Details – I went through a first-round interview with McKinsey. They reached out to me — before that I hadn't heard of them. Though the initial recruitment was appealing, and everyone was very friendly, some of the people I met were just off-putting. One of the representatives was from the university that they were recruiting at (a big state school), and yet he couldn't stop mentioning Harvard.

Interview Question – They wanted very specific details during the behavioral about your life: what did you do then, how did that person react (they seemed to want the exact words they said). They were clearly trying to catch anybody who had inflated their resume.   Answer Question

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Associate Interview

Associate

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – 2 first round, 3 final round. All PEI/Case

Interview Question – retail case on product mix allocation   Answer Question

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Associate Consultant
Hanover, NH

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2013.

Interview Details – McKinsey & Co recruited from my college. After being accepted for an interview, I was offered a number of interview prep opportunities - a conference call phone session with other applicants reviewing the process and a case, an in person group case work through with a representative, and a 30 min online Q&A session. We also had to take a written business skills test that is McKinsey-specific the night before the exam for an hour (it seemed easier than the online samples). The first round interview itself was two 45-min separate interviews with a fit scenario (about overcoming challenges, working with difficult people) and a case each. One of my interviewers prodded at my example, asking things like "what did you say?" to get more detail; the other gave much less reaction.

Interview Question – One of the cases involved a graph that was given to me half-way through and was a bit complex - it also required that we refer back to numbers given at the very beginning of the case to calculate the correct outcomes. Be aware!   Answer Question

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Summer Business Analyst Interview

Summer Business Analyst

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – Everyone was very nice. Interview consisted of the test and two case studies. Final round was with MD.

Interview Question – Case studies are the most difficult. Can't really prepare besides a lot of practice   Answer Question

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Associate Consultant
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2013.

Interview Details – APD hiring process: 3 rounds of interviews. Made it to the final round and was not extended an offer. Overall, I had very pleasant experiences with HR, Consultants, EMs ... unfortunately, I found the Partners and Directors I met to be fairly rude.

Interview Question – I don't think any of the questions were all that difficult. I could have done a better job with my summary and recommendation.   Answer Question

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Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.

Interview Details – '0th round': 1-hour pencil and paper problem solving test featuring questions on three mock business issues. The practice tests on McKinsey's site are very similar to the real deal.

1st round interview: 2 'double' interviews: a 'Personal Experience Interview' thoroughly exploring an example of demonstrated leadership followed immediately by an interviewer-led case interview.

2nd round interview: 3 'double' interviews with senior members of the office.

Interview Question – Be prepared to solve business problems in industries you know nothing about. You aren't expected to know about them, either; instead, you're expected to quickly recognize what you need to find out.   Answer Question

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Consultant
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.

Interview Details – I was referred to McKinsey as a PhD student from a non-target school and was invited to the round one interview (IWIA). The IWIA consisted of the problem-solving test and two group cases. The second round interview consisted of two one-on-one cases.

Interview Question – A frequent flyer program is concerned about the entrant of a low-cost airline into the US market. What should they do?   Answer Question

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Associate Consultant Interview

Associate Consultant
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.

Interview Details – First round: Problem-solving test (PST). One will need to prepare for this. 2nd rd: 2 cases (interviewer led) with a different interviewer for each, with part of a half-hour set aside for 2 experience interviews. There are practice PST's online, videos, and they have a coaching session and buddy system if you get to the 2nd rd.

2nd rd cases were (paraphrased):
-Broadband access to all of Australia with 90% of population already with access. What is the right combination of technologies to give the final 10% access over the next 8-10yrs?
-Southeast Asian province school system with attendance probs. What factors to look at as to why that may be addressed?
Experience interview q's:
-Time you had a difficult time in a group, and how addressed?
-Time you had disagreement at work or in group, and how resolved?

Interview Question – Both experience interview q's. As a physician, working in a hierarchical system, these gave me little chance to shine. Not to mention I had prepared more for q's along the lines of: time you face a challenge, and how you worked it out, etc. It's hard to positively spin a q to show positive characteristics like how did you resolve a disagreement in a group, when your answer is, "I had to shut my mouth and deal with it." Also, I blew the broadband case. Couldn't come up with a good structure.   View Answer

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Director of Human Resources Interview

Director of Human Resources

Interviewed at McKinsey & Company

Interview Details – nine interviewers, members of the human resources team, members of the office I'd work in and consultants I'd partner with

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when something you planned fell apart?   Answer Question

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