McKinsey & Company Junior Associate Interview Questions

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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Junior Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
  • 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
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lisbon (Portugal)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submitted my profile in Mckinsey's website and was called for the PST test two days later - Unfortunately I did not pass the PST; make sure you practice enough business cases and GRE/GMAT questions before applying to Mckinsey, I only had 2-3 days to prepare.

    Interview Questions
    • The PST had three business cases, with a total of 26 questions, still for 75 minutes it was demanding enough to put you under pressure.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    App test: 1) Finance 2) English 3) written comunication

    There were 3 interview rounds
    1) On personal achievements
    2) Mock ups
    3) HR interview

    HR officers don't spook you there, they're friendly
    They just ask questions to know who you are.
    They won't try to outsmart you or slow walk you

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I'm a fresher and there was no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior Associate 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 6+ monthsinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Target school APD (Advanced Professional Degree) BTO (Business Technology Office) for London office. Problem solving test was waived, as I'd taken it previously. 1st round interview was great, well organized and very enjoyable. My 2nd round interview was botched. I was handed off to three different recruiters, with long (1 month+) delays. Took continual prompting and asking a friend in another office to help out to finish the process. The BTO intake seems disorganized compared to the standard batch-day process. 20/20 hindsight, I'd apply as a generalist consultant.

    Interview Questions
    • Standard McKinsey process. The London-specific 'role-play' scenario was the only unusual bit.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    All recruitment are done from campus. Application date is announced and folks are required to share their CV. Thereafter firm's shortlist of candidate for is announced for the interview. 3-5 rounds of case interviews conducted on campus along-with personal interview. Then a detailed discussion happens on all those who have interviewed and the final job offers are provided

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Problem solving test was manageable, using example case studies to prepare. Failed to progress beyond first round of interviews. First round consisted of 2 back to back interviews. Managed to pass the first one but was unsuccessful in the second one, resulting in my overall failure to progress.

    Interview Questions
    • Second case studies interview was about a country I did not know much about, and my biggest mistake was not asking the interviewer enough questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Great communication throughout the hiring and interview process. Standard interviews with personal fit questions followed by the case study. Upon rejection, got genuinely helpful feedback from the interviewers as areas (particularly in the case study!) that I could improve on.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you had to convince someone of something, and it was truely challenging. Tell me about a time you had to resolve internal problems in a team you were leading.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    The PST test is too unique such that the questions are not general whatsoever and you have to be calm to pass

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    3 rounds - 1st round is a numeracy test (30mins) and the problem solving test (60 mins), 2nd round is 2 1-hour interviews with consultants, 3rd round is 3 1-hour interviews with higher level consultants. Just passed the 1st round. If you are good in maths, had a business subject in school or in university, it is easy. If not, it's quite difficult. The main problem is TIME.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Submitted CV online. Invited to take Problem Solving Test - similar to online examples. Invited to a case workshop to discuss interview format/case studies and then first round interview. First interviewer was not very friendly, second one was. Made some clumsy math mistakes, but perhaps was cut some slack since I don't have a math-oriented background. Interviews followed exact personal experience-case study-questions format as expected. Then invited to final round interview - overnight hotel stay. Dinner the night before with current BAs and JAs, 3 interviews the next day. I thought 2 went really well, 1 not quite as well. Got a call a few days later and didn't get an offer.

    Interview Questions
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