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I applied online and interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – Informed by a recruiter to take a paper-based test on site, which was followed by two rounds of group case interviews. The test was pretty challenging and it decides whether a candidate could make it to the next round. My feel is that there was no clear cut-off point for the test. Whether you can pass the first round is also dependent on how your competitors perform on the day.

Interview Question – Typical case questions. Not unexpected.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2012.

Interview Details – Got past the screener interview at my school but failed the quant exam at the office

Interview Question – Given your governmental background, why consulting?   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2012.

Interview Details – McKinsey worked hart to ensure that every interviewee had a positive interview experience - they assigned buddies who can offer you insider's view about the company and case coaches who you can practice a mock case with. First round was in SF office with 1 problem solving test and 2 interviews, both with 1 behavioral question and a case. Final round was in Palo Alto, with 3 one on one interviews.

Interview Question – a profit maximization case on a oil drilling company   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2012.

Interview Details – by mid-January: Submit resume and cover letter through university recruiting website

by late-January: McKinsey notifies you by email that you've been invited to interview. They give you one week's notice. The first round of interviews includes:

a one-hour, 26-question multiple choice test. Not knowledge specific, but I recommend doing a practice one before hand so you're up to speed with doing math quickly and ready to recognize where some of the questions are headed.

The next day you have face-to-face case interviews - two, each one lasting for one hour. You introduce yourself, launch right into a business case for 40 minutes or so, and conclude by discussing one in-depth personal anecdote that illuminates your leadership qualities.

As far as the cases go, McKinsey's have a certain flavor. Start out broadly, then the interviewer will guide you to a specific, number driven problem, then you back up and discuss implications.

Interview Question – about a commercial bank - where to expand client base? Among wealthy clients or students?   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – First Phase - Standard Mckinsey PST, found in the Internet

Second Phase - Round of 2 interviews, with associates (MBA degreed, around their 30's),one associate at a time ,around 1 hour for each, around 15 minutes of Personal Experiences, Skills and Motivation, Rest of the interview discussing business case, first part mostly descriptive and argumentative, second part more quantative.

Third Phase (and Final) - Very similar to the second phase, but with partners, more senior members, and higher in company's hierarchy.

Interview Question – Name a life event that you consider to have change your life significantly.

Name Strenghts and weeknesses of your work performance, tell how those weaknesses aftected your previous work
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Negotiation Details – Standart, the money is predefined, not much space for negotiations, the summer internship is supposed to evaluate the candidate to consider a full time offer

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I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details – Problem solving tests in oxford, first round interiew in London office, Final Round interview at a hotel in hampshire.
Throughout the entire process the company is very helpful.

Interview Question – The role play in the final round was difficult. Various case studies just take a lot of practise   Answer Question

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Madrid (Spain)

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

Interview Details – After the HR team selected my CV I was invited to a business test in their Madrid offices. In 48h I was emailed by a HR girl who invited me to the 1st round interview, also in Madrid (this time they were paying my traveling expenses). I also attended a coaching call before the 1st round interview with a McK consultant, which explained me the interviewing process and discussed a business case with me and a few other candidates.

Interview Question – Interpretation of graphics and numbers on a slide, about some company' market share.   Answer Question

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The process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2012.

Interview Details – 1:1 interview. Two parts, personal and case study. 2 interviewers, each one around 1 hour, one interviewer was a senior consultant while the other one was a partner. People was nice and I received feedback after a few weeks.

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Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2011.

Interview Details – First round was two 1 on 1s and the problem solving test
 Test was very easy and time sufficient. Second round was a lunch buffet + presentation to the partners. Food was good, but the whole experience quite.scary. Consultants seemed very nice.

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Reason for Declining – Got offer.from a HF that couldnt be declined

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Toronto, ON (Canada)

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2010.

Interview Details – applied through school.
Wrote the essay, took the test.
a week later, went through the 1st round of interviews and have been invited back to the final rounds. No clue what that's going to be like yet. Because different offices really have different styles, I am told.
i feel like my first case didnt go as well (serious engineering case- i am an arts student, go figure), but with second case it went wonderfully (better than wonderfully). engagement manager walked in and made me write entire case on white board, including structure and stand up and present it.....
called back for finals.... hoping they give me something outside the box again, seem to do great in such cases.

Interview Question – Snowmobile company wants to increase revenue in a year by 25%.... work the details out (is it possible? CEO s very certain he can!) and give them new and creative ideas how to do so.   Answer Question

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