Very Difficult Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2013.
Interview Details – An extremely rigorous process. First was a case interview with market-sizing, followed by an in-depth behavioral interview. Next was another case interview with tricky math to be solved, followed by more behavioral questions. Lastly, we took a 1-hour text that focused on our math and problem-solving skills. The math wasn't particularly hard, it was just keeping track of the sheer volume of numbers and figures and data manipulations that became overwhelming. Much harder than the SAT or GMAT math sections, by far.
Interview Question – In the behavioral section, it's not enough to have just one story about when you faced a difficult task, or when you overcame an obstacle, etc. You should have multiple stories. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2013.
Interview Details – After PST, there was a group case study, which I found very helpful. I paid lots of attention to the feedback I got from their consultants. During the next week or so, I focused on improving some of my previously weak areas, such as structuring and synthesis. Very smoothly, I passed the second round of interview. For the final round, I met three principles. The questions were reasonable, and sometimes like a conversation. Cases were regular as well. However I was a bit too nervous, and wasn't able to show my true personality and communication skills.
Interview Question – All the questions seemed reasonable to me. What really matters in my opinion, is whether you can think logically and convey the message clearly. View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in March 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewed first round with two different partners. Very difficult questions and they grilled you with multiple angles.
Interview Question – Cheese market analysis/turnaround. Answer Question
The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Interview Details – Three rounds of interviews: the first is a standardized test of math and business skills. If you pass that, the next round consists of two interviews with associates or project managers. Then, the final round consists of three interviews with partners. Each live interview includes personal interview questions to assess fit, as well as a case study. Everything was very standardized and professional, and for the most part, interviewers were easy to talk to and very interesting, engaging people!
Interview Question – Nothing too unexpected. The personal interview questions really vary but McKinsey tends to focus on the same kinds of things, so it just takes practice. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Interview Details – The recruiting process through my school was fairly straight forward. After being selected to interview, Mckinsey held a "power round" which consisted for 4 back to back interviews with individuals ranging from Assocate through Partner. Each interview was a combination of case and behavioral. There was no second round interview, and many people heard back about a decision the day of.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you led a team through a difficult situation. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Interview Details – Applied online and was invited to the McKinsey office to take the PST test with several other candidates. We took about 45-min to do the PST test and then broke into small groups sessions with McKinsey associate. We had a total of 2 group sessions. Each group had about 5-6 students with one Associate and we went through a case study.
Interview Question – No personal questions, we just went through a case study as a group. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.
Interview Details – As part of a non-target school, the interview process prep was not very intensive, but most people involved were nice and helpful. The first round consisted of 2 45 min interviews (behavioral and case). They try to be very calm and nice throughout the process, although they are not very forthcoming with feedback right away.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to demonstrate leadership, making sure it is not something that was solved in one meeting. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2013.
Interview Details –
The recruiting process at the school was enjoyable and positive. They make a real effort to let the students know about the company and to get to know the people.
There were two interviews, each 45 minutes long. The interviewers were pretty poker-faced, didn't help out too much, and were actually quite intimidating, and not very personable.
They say that they're rooting for you and they're trying to help, but it really doesn't feel that way in the interview. If I didn't tell them exactly what they wanted, they would look upset and would not make any effort to push me in the right direction.
Interview Question – The first case was a little unusual, the second was pretty standard. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2012.
Interview Details – Fair and exactly what you expect it to be. The most structured of the big three firms
Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate the offer.
I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2012.
Interview Details – Initial communications included a few calls with people from the office and a dinner in early November in the city in which I live. There was not too much recruiting involved, I just talked to some folks at the office and some former business analysts at my school. First-round interviews were at McK's office in the city in which I'm studying. Three cases, all of them very structured and covering different areas of businesss (marketing, operations, strategy) and industries. Second rounds were in NY a couple of days later. Three cases, completely different than the first round (much less structured). The offer was given that same day in the evening.
Interview Question – What would you do if you found a hen that lays golden eggs? View Answer
Negotiation Details – The offer was great. No reason to negotiate.
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