McKinsey & Company Management Consultant Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 2, 2014
Updated Aug 2, 2014
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Management Consultant Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Application Details

I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in June 2012.

Interview Details

I went through the full interview process with McKinsey, total of 9 interviews spread out over several months, and two trips to Chicago. I was being considered as an industry hire, so this was not the traditional MBA path, though certainly similar.
It was a great sequence of a first discussion with an HR person to introduce me to the process, followed by a first training case study (phone), a real case interview (phone), a case study training session (webcast), a trip to Chicago with three case interviews (2 live, one through video link), a second trip to Chicago with two case interviews and a written test, and then one final complementary phone interview.
All the way, I met very interesting and capable people, the process itself was process grueling - training for case studies in parallel to a full time executive job is not easy - but also very motivating.

Interview Questions
  • Paradoxically, the most difficult case for me was one which related to my own background (manufacturing) - because I felt so familiar with the context, I did not lay it the process out as clearly as I could have. The lesson is that even if the context is familiar, the same rigorous lay-out of the case study should be applied.   Answer Question
Reasons for Declining

I took an offer at another management consulting firm. Both offers were compelling, and it was a very difficult decision, but ultimately I felt a bit more in tune with a more generalist approach, while McKinsey was very interested in my vertical expertise.

Declined Offer
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    Management Consultant Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very thorough. 2 rounds. 1st round had 2 interviews. Second round had 3. At least one is with a Director and one with a partner in the firm. they really look strongly for your analytical skills, putting you in various situations through case studies. Be prepared with significant homework on your case studies

    Interview Questions
    • A case study on how to decide whether they should move to a new office building. This includd being able to estimate how much additional space was needed in the new office building.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. It was a fixed salary for entry level Associates.
    Accepted Offer
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    Management Consultant Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    one screening interview, one phone case interview, round 1 (three cases), exam, then round two of three cases

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Management Consultant Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Anonymous Employee in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    they will interview every candidate with case management interview. They usually give you some problem in a real company and then you have to give your solution in order to solver the problem that they currently face at!

    Interview Questions
    • A is a theme park company and they have been established from a long time ago. Suddenly there is B company that also a company that runs theme park. B company causes declining in A's company salary. Mckinsey will give you some data and condition. You have to make solution for them   Answer Question
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    Neutral Experience
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