McKinsey & Company Summer Business Analyst Interview Questions

Updated May 25, 2015
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Summer Business Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Difficult Interview

Interview

Applied through campus career services. Received email indicating that would be invited to first round. First had to take a difficult exam to assess problem solving ability. Then two interviews at the McKinsey office in Philadelphia, where we waited with the other candidates. A very intimidating process. I was informed that I would receive a follow up phone call the next week. The interviewers were not very forthcoming with information about the details of the decision making process.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    You get recruited if you're coming from a top-tier institution, and you'll only get an interview after being a top candidate in terms of GPA, accomplishments...etc. There's a terribly long test you have to take before your interview as well. The process was very forced and in general I felt like the people in McKinsey are more type-A and cutthroat compared to the people I've met at comparable consulting firms.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (Chicago, IL) in February 2013.

    Interview

    Used a contact to get in touch with 2-3 BAs before I sent in a resume. Met the recruiter at an info session. After being selected for 1st round, was given a "prep buddy" who was extremely helpful. There is a PST (problem solving test) first. It's tricky, but apparently just another data point. 1st round interview was at the office, which was very nice. Got a great vibe. Both interviewers were very, very pleasant. Standard behavioral + case format. McK does behavioral slightly differently with the PEI--personal experience interview. They dig very deep into your story. Cases were fairly straight-forward. Advanced to the final round and many people reached out offering help/advice. Final round consister of three 1-hr interviews. 1 was with a director, 2 with associate principals. Got an offer 30 minutes later.

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    No negotiation.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at McKinsey & Company (Seattle, WA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Interview with two analysts on campus, then 3 1:1 interviews on site. received notice the day after.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    there was no opportunity for negotiation

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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 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 Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview

    A previous exam to access your math and logical skills and a bit of business. Then two pair of interviews with case studies and a personal part where they ask you about specific situation where you have shown some qualities that they want in their employees.Then another 2 interviews with management level consultants where they are trying to figure out if you really the right person and you capability to think out of the box

    Interview Questions

    • List all the revenue sources of different types of business under pressure   Answer Question
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Two interviews, both of them walking through a sample case. Everyone was really friendly and did their best to take the pressure off of you. Interviewers were nice, but fair. I thought their hiring methodology is well thought out and developed. The Toronto office is very spacious and the waiting area is well-furnished.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no real unexpected questions, no "brainteasers" or anything stupid like that.   Answer Question
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at McKinsey & Company in March 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online where I was asked to submit my CV and cover letter. Including some other details. I went through individual interview, problem solving and case study presentation. My case study was on an oil and gas company wanting to start a new business in a new country.

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    Recruiting was very detailed: starting with an elaborate information session with multiple alumni. First round was resume screen with additional standardized testing (kind of like an iq test) second round was interviews with managers and above and final round was with partners. The interviews were mostly case interviews although the interviews with partners can be more flexible

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the interview questions were expected, but they can chose to reject your for the smallest mistakes.   Answer Question

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