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Updated Nov 11, 2014
Updated Nov 11, 2014
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Research Analyst Interview

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

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

Interview Details

It was not the most structured because I joined as an experienced hire. You do get to know a good amount of people in the group before you need to accept/decline.

Interview Questions
  • An impromptu case interview. But honestly do not worry about it because I don't think this was part of the normal process and I don't think they were being very strict in terms of getting everything perfect.   Answer Question
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    They asked me three questions: why would you like to change your job? what types of tools did you used in one of my project? what questions do I want to ask him?

    Interview Questions
    • what types of tools did you used in one of my project? they asked very specific questions   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Got one phone interview from the team leader. It took one month after I applied it online. The person asked about some programing skills and also asked about experience on the resume.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Applied online without expecting any answer back. After all, it's McKinsey! Got an invitation to a resume screening a month later and then called in to take the PST at McKinsey office in NY. PST is difficult, especially if you haven't done any math in awhile (like me). Somehow I passed, got invited to first round of interviews. 3 interviews one hour each. Interviewers are extremely nice and helps you to be relaxed. They'll ask you about your interests, but don't get TOO relaxed. Expect random case study questions based on your interests. Case study is not just with one person, but expect to do a case study for all 3. Didn't make it to the final round, but still a great experience! Extremely respectable firm and you can tell that people here are extremely intelligent and will motivate and challenge you.

    Interview Questions
    • Determine the bell curve for the music records industry in the next 8 years   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 11 people found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online at the McKinsey site for the NAKC generalist research analyst. Received email asking to set up a phone interview with HR. Quick 15 mins reviewing my resume, asking salary requirements; HR made sure that I knew that this is NOT a consulting role and asking me to go to my nearest McKinsey office to take the McKinsey PST. PST is tough but you are given a study guide and there are 3 practice tests on the McKinsey site to help you prepare.

    After passing the PST you are invited to a first round interview that consists of interviewing with 3 researchers of various levels. Very structured process...1. deep dive into your resume 2. specific question asked regarding some experience/leadership/ambiguous situation and you have to walk through STAR method style. Details are KEY!. followed by a short typical strategy consulting case.

    After passing round 1, invited to round 2 (final round)....similar to round 1 except with managerial level people.

    Process dragged a bit but was kept in the loop so communication was great during the process. You will face roughly 6 cases and 6 resume deep-dives.

    Overall a pretty thorough process and seems similar to the consulting side except the bar maybe a bit lower but it is still high.

    Negatives: Location very unlike other McK offices. Feels like you are an 'after-thought.

    Positives: if you want to move to the consulting side bad enough, you can do it through research if you excel and put in the hours. Free drinks/snacks. Young and diverse office though the feel is definitely different than a McKinsey consulting location (people and atmosphere wise).

    Interview Questions
    • Know your resume, experiences, how to do arithmetic/math with paper/pencil under pressure. The cases from a strategy point of view are not too tough.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted for a phone screen after applying online. HR person was great on phone & in person. Asked to come in to take the "test" - case studies - fairly sure I didn't do well on them but was invited back. Met more employees. All lovely. Each gave case studies - difficult but I was on the mark more or less with each one. Third visit - difficult questions/case studies, met several more people in different positions. One interviewer was - I thought - unprofessional or autistic and just lacking the normal ability to pick up on social cues. I think may have been trying to be intimidating (?). May have been told to do this - not sure. Not very familiar with how they conduct interviews. After several visits, many hours of interviews, they let me know that they weren't moving forward - via email - not impressed. Remember - the interview goes both ways - in any economy. You're interviewing them as much as they're interviewing you.

    Interview Questions
    • You're on a plane..no access to information source...size a particular market in the x geography.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waltham, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    The first round of interview consisted of two parts: one 15-minute excel test and one 15-minute interview with two senior research analysts from their waltham office. Overall, the interview process was very pleasant. Interviewers were nice and they were really interested in knowing more the candidate instead of merely asking questions they have prepared in advance

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of a piece of constructive advice you have received   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    negotiable
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    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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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Many rounds of interviews. The reasoning test is difficult and was probably the hardest part of the interview process. Everyone was very friendly and overall a pleasant experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Cases were challenging, specifically a market sizing question   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    HR called to see if I'm interested in the RA role rather than BA role. A case coaching session was scheduled that weekend. Two Mondays later, there was a case interview over the phone. Was called back for a series of in-person interviews and an IQ test the Friday of the same week. The following Monday, interviewed again at the local office. Three days later, went in the office one last time for a series of interviews. Offer extended that day.

    Interview Questions
    • Business cases in general. There was an expectation to improve from round to round.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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