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McKinsey & Company Associate Principal Interview Questions

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Associate Principal Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Chicago, IL) in May 2009.

Interview

As I was an experienced hire who was internally referred, I think my experience was a bit more personal.

The folks at McKinsey wanted to make sure that I was familiar with their problem solving style of interviewing and gave me a lot of time to practice. A personal coach was assigned to me who spent a lot of time preparing me for the case study style of interviews. Then I had a trial interview with one Principal. This turned out to be a total disaster, I was nervous and not my normal self.

Despite that, I got some more coaching and was given another chance for a trial interview. This went swimmingly well, I was more relaxed and depended less on frameworks, etc and more on what I knew. I was then moved to the formal interviewing process. I got lucky - I got along very well with the interviewing Partner and we had a lot of domain knowledge in common. I had done considerable research on the Partner's background, in advance.

I was now ready to move to the FINAL panel interview. At that time they froze all hiring in the US and I did not get to go through the final interviews.

It was an excellent experience. It as a lot of work but I learnt a lot in the process. I liked the people and the process and the care they showed for me. I cannot say enough good things about this firm.

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  • I can't remember any specific question that was difficult. The trick is in understanding how to respond to the problem solving questions   1 Answer
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