McKinsey & Company Business Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Feb 2, 2016
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Business Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview

PST test is as daunting as the forums say. Key was to focus quickly on graphs labels and pull key data NOT to read ever word. Then you have round 1 and 2 which were very similar with a Fit question (PEI) which you need to know your self very well to answer as they will challenge and pressure test you on some aspects. Then the traditional Case Study.

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    The first round was conducted through the university career office after you passed the resume screen. I didn't submit a cover letter and was asked for a first round interview with two people working at lower positions in the firm. Final round was at the office you applied for with partners and principles. Each round is very similar, just with different people. They really want you to be able to have good stories about your leadership experience and how you resolved conflicts.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to resolve a conflict in a team setting.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview

    I applied through campus recruiting. First round was 2 back to back 50 minute case interviews with 15 minutes for behavioral. They look a for a very specific candidate and value behavioral much more than the other big firms. Cases were interviewer led and not interviewee led.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me two different questions about improving poverty in two different countries.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I went through on-campus recruiting as my school was a target. I did my first rounds at our school's career center with 2 Engagement-managers and final rounds with 3 partners at preferred office location.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time when you were in a team situation and had to resolve a conflict.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (New York, NY) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online but already knew people working at McKinsey and had interacted with recruiters during on-campus events. Note that they screen online applications by university so unless you go to a target school, applying online is useless. First round was 2 interviews in their NYC office with a Business Analyst and an Engagement Manager. Standard case + PEI. After clearing this round, you need to select which office you would like to apply to (I hear that certain ones are harder to get than others based on your profile - NYC and Bay Area are more difficult I think). Second round was 3 interviews at the office you selected. 2 of them were standard case + PEI with Partners at the firm One was a more open conversation with questions about past experience and my resume with a Director. He was trying to sell me on McKinsey 10 minutes into the interview. They were very professional throughout the entire process and really tried to sell me on McKinsey after giving me an offer. They've built a really great recruiting process. Ended up declining the offer to work in another industry because I didn't want to become a management consultant and these kinds of old-age jobs lacked the entrepreneurial environment I was seeking.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you led a group that couldn't come to consensus on an issue.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Philadelphia, PA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through school's (target school) on campus recruiting. Interviewed 1st round 2 weeks later in the local McKinsey office. 1st round (Thursday): 2 back to back 45min interviews (Personal Experience + Interviewer led case) got a call in the afternoon the next day notifying me about final round. My interviewer called me, and she also gave me feedback. Final Round(Friday the next week): 3 back to back 45 min interviews(same format) Got an offer call that afternoon :)

    Interview Questions

    • PEI: Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a teammate   1 Answer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Boston, MA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Two one hour interviews back to back. The interviewer did not spend too much time on either aspect. They are looking for something very specific. Structure makes all the difference. All you answers need to be heavily structured. If it is not, they will continue to ask you or guide you to answer their question. If it is not answered, they will end it right there. You have to be prepared for cases UNDER PRESSURE. Key word is under pressure. They expect you to answer math problems quickly with no mistakes. Do not blank under pressure because they will see this and you will not get to the next level of interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Mixed personal questions and jumped into case interview.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Boston, MA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Very efficient communication process. All interviewers extremely smart and friendly and patient...but you have to prepare and not go in cold turkey. They call after and give you feedback. Interviewed with 2 mid-level consultants - case portion and fit portion. They are selective for a reason.

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview

    McKinsey came on campus and began recruitment from our school. For those that passed the resume screen, they gave us two workshops and an interview buddy. The first round was on an office near campus. There were 2 interviews, 50 minutes each. Compared to other consulting companies, the interviews felt more like an interrogation. The personal experience interview was very pressuring - They ask you many specifics about what exactly happened and what you did, and keep pushing for specific details, so be sure to know the specifics of your story. I was also surprised when I was asked the exact same question for the Personal Experience Interview by the second interviewer, who told me not to use the same story as the first one. I was not ready for that and grew very flustered. The case charts are very tricky and designed to trip you up. I did not feel like the employees wanted me to succeed, unlike my experiences interviewing with other consulting companies.

    Interview Questions

    • Just know exactly how your story develops and be able to talk about it from multiple viewpoints.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Bend, IN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (South Bend, IN) in September 2015.

    Interview

    I got to the first round interviews through submitting my resume through campus recruiting website. The first round was two interviews (an hour with each person). They started with basic behavioral questions, then went into case study. Very nice people and pretty easy to talk with. It was nice that they put me in contact with McKinsey employees to help me practice case study interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time that you dealt with conflict in a group setting.   Answer Question
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