McKinsey & Company Summer Business Analyst Interview Questions

Updated May 25, 2015
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Summer Business Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online – interviewed at McKinsey & Company in June 2012.

Interview

I completed McKinsey's test in which you have to score above 50% and passed it. The test seemed to be composed of pretty much very difficult questions with doses of added ambiguity, I usually have a solid gut feeling when it comes to these tests but had literally no idea how I did here.

The next step was the interview phase during which I completed three interviews in one day. Each consisted of a background chat, the most interesting of which was with a former clinical psychology PhD - only later did I realize I was being evaluated in ways beyond my imaginations here:) The cases themselves were not as difficult as with BCG where you are given a very brief intro to the problem and left to venture wherever you deem fit. McK consultants guide you through the process to places where they want you to go and explore. I had one life situation based case (guess with whom), a simple banking/interest case with one of the partners and an operations/process case with charts handed to me with a more junior consultant.

I was told to re-apply without getting the offer due to lack of maturity, which I later realized, despite being disappointed, was fair. The whole process was fine but they do very much keep their distance in communication before and after which I guess is natural given the amount of demand there is.

Interview Questions

  • Background info, why consulting, one case with each of the three interviewers. One case operations/process improvement/bottleneck removal; another case asking what sort of interest I should charge as a bank given that I expect some default rate from a random hundred clients which I cannot screen for credit quality (follow up question of how I would screen for credit quality); third case cost-benefit analysis for life from doing an MBA.   Answer Question

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I applied for the position of Summer Business Analyst. The interview process consisted of 2 rounds in which each time 3 interviews were conducted. First round was with less senior people than the second round (where all 3 were partners). As expected a strong focus was put on the case, yet the personal interview questions were equally important in my opinion. Interviewers were very nice and made me feel comfortable right away. Good luck!

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2015.

    Interview

    Got an on campus interview by applying online to both the McKinsey website and our campus recruiting website. A week before the interview, McKinsey hosted a case interview workshop, during which BA's gave us tips on the process and split us up into groups for a practice case. This was super helpful, given it was the first case interview I have ever experienced. I also found potential study buddies.

    The first round interview was on my college campus: one-hour interviews with two Engagement Managers each, 15 minutes devoted to Fit and 45 minutes devoted to the case. My interview was Friday, and on Monday, the recruiter called to let me know I had a second final interview in two weeks. At this point, tons of people from McKinsey e-mailed me to congratulate me in getting a second interview and offered to either grab coffee or review cases with me. My first round interviewer called to give me feedback on how I can improve, which was incredibly helpful. I was very touched and amazed by the support I received from McKinsey at this point.

    My final interview was on-site at the office I applied for. The night before, all the applicants had dinner with current BA's, which was really fun. Again, the final interview was standard, this time I was interviewed by 2 partners a 1 associate principal. The interviews were from 8-11am, and by 1pm a partner I interviewed with called to tell me I had an offer. That night, all offerees were invited to celebrate. I had a blast interviewing with McKinsey, and very much appreciated the professionalism of the company, the support they gave interviewees, and the enthusiasm the people in the company had for their jobs.

    Interview Questions

    • Fit questions-- What is a time you have failed? What was a time you had a disagreement with a team member? What was a time you had to make a difficult decision as a leader?

      Case interviews-- standard case interview questions. There was a case presented on an iPad app, which was cool!
       
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2015.

    Interview

    Submitted application online. Contacted 4 weeks later for an interview. Had first round interview, was contacted day after informing me I would have a second round interview a week later.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    2 interviews, 20 min fit and 40 min case. I was told that I failed on count of the fact that my fit was not adequate, my maths was a little slow and I wasn't creative enough with offering a solution - I was too stuck to frameworks. Essentially I had practice far too much in getting the frameworks right and not spent enough time on the other things - when they are not even that important. Useful to just think up logical frameworks.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2015.

    Interview

    I had two rounds of interviews, one on-campus (target school) and one at their headquarters. I had two interviews in the first round, and three interviews in the second round. Each interview lasts about an hour. They all consisted of a PEI, a case, and an opportunity to ask questions. The cases are pretty standard, and heavily driven by the interviewer. I found that the PEI was where the difference was made, especially in the initial rounds. Taking a while to plan out punchy PEI examples was really worth it, since it helped distinguish my application in the minds of my interviewers. However, don't go so far as planning out which interviewer gets which PEI story in advance--each PEI is a little different, and you risk being off-topic if you launch in to a prepared speech as soon as you hear a PEI prompt. You can give the same examples in round 2 that you gave in round 1, but don't use the same example more than once per round. Questions, especially when you're in front of a partner, are really great opportunities to learn about the nuances of the office you're applying for.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview

    One hour with one interviewer, one hour with the next. In total, it was one two-hour interview. Each hour had 30 minutes of fit/experience questions and 30 minutes of a case. Fit/experience questions were fairly straightforward/expected, but the cases were difficult.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview

    First round interview was two case studies plus personal impact questions. Personal impact questions included tell me about a time when you overcame an adversity or tell me about a time when you had to overcome a disagreement with someone and work with them on a team.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview

    I applied through my schools on campus recruiting program. First round interviews consisted of two back to back 1-hour interviews, approx 20 min behavioral and 40 min case for each. The cases were interesting and on a variety of industries-- more difficult than Bain's, but easier than BCG's. They were very much interviewer driven, which made the initial framework less important.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview

    I applied online, received first round interview on campus. It consisted of 2 back to back one on one interviews. Each interview had a personal experience (telling a story to answer a personality question) and a case.

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