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McKinsey & Company Associate Interview Questions

Updated Sep 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2015.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume in person to a McKinsey employee. A week later I had a phone interview with a Senior Human Resource recruiter. After we talked for 1 hour, I had a phone interview with an Engagement Manager. My next step is the practice case interview followed by the case interview by phone.

    Interview Questions

    • If a company asked you to make them more profitable, where would you start?   Answer Question

  2.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Palo Alto, CA) in September 2015.

    Interview

    The process consists of a written test followed by interviews, if you pass. McK do their best to make the experience pleasant. I got to second round of interviews, both times the interviewers were friendly, professional and did their best to make it enjoyable.

    This is something you do have to practice for, especially for APD's with little management background. Having some work experience definitely helps.

    Interview Questions

    • Core analytical capabilities in solving business cases in various fields   Answer Question
  3.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (New York, NY) in September 2015.

    Interview

    I went through the experienced hire program as a non-MBA candidate with 5 years of working experience. There were three rounds involved- one PST and two interviews. The interview process was great. I really liked the mentorship spirit at the firm even though I didn't end up getting the offer. My problem was with Case Interviews which I had little prior experience.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2015.

    Interview

    Overall, most of the consultants I've spoken with privately did not seem very happy/content, even if they say otherwise. Consultants were stressed out/preoccupied with something else during the interviews. This experience convinced me to look elsewhere.

    +
    Well structured support
    Smooth, well-established process

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    Consultants all stressed out
    Competitive/hostile environment intentionally created by the consultant during group case practice

    Interview Questions

    • typical behavioral questions involving teamwork, leadership and failure.   Answer Question

  5. Helpful (3)  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Washington, DC) in August 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and was invited to the Interview Workshop and Initial Assessment. It contains a Problem Solving test and a two-hour workshop on cases. The test takes an hour and it is pretty difficult. I find that the workshop is very helpful. I heard back the result of the test the next day.


  6. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (San Francisco, CA) in August 2015.

    Interview

    This was a 2nd round interview (I had already passed the Problem Solving Test and group case studies in round 1). For APD associate hires in the 2nd round you have two separate meetings: (1) with a junior consultant (an associate) and (2) an engagement manager. They each ask you 1 or 2 personal experience interview questions (one of mine is below), and you have to solve one case study problem with each interviewer. The online preparation materials from McKinsey are very good. Study them carefully. Don't go nuts studying 50 cases and memorizing case structures and that sort of nonsense. Make your stories good for the personal experience interview questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about an experience where you had to lead a team and there was a challenging situation you had to negotiate.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    To be clear, I just finished the second round. I haven't been heard whether I will be offered the job yet.


  7. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Chicago, IL) in August 2015.

    Interview

    Very exciting. McKinsey consultants are very professional. The process was pleasant and educational. Interviewing with McKinsey consultants make you want to work for the company even more. The recruiting staffs are very efficient and quick about getting back to the candidates. They are great with emails and scheduling.

    Interview Questions

  8.  

    Full-Time Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Washington, DC) in August 2015.

    Interview

    This is a first round of interview targeting at candidates who is has/going to get non-MBA advanced degrees, officially called Interview Workshop & Initial Assessment. Most people got invited in my session were PhDs. The first part is a written test called Mckinsey Problem Solving Test (PST) and the second part is two group breakout sessions simulating the real interview.

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  9.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Washington, DC) in August 2015.

    Interview

    Applied for the Insight program, got rejected, and was offered an interview for a full time position. First round contained two parts: 1. problem solving test and 2. group case study led by current consultant.

    The test was pretty difficult.
    Didn't make it in the end.

    Interview Questions

    • PST composed of three cases and all were multiple choice questions similar to their sample test online   Answer Question

  10.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Palo Alto, CA) in August 2015.

    Interview

    First round: PST, 2 group case studies. This is slightly awkward bc you are trying to outperform but work as a group with people you don't know.
    Second round: 2 individual interviews, half fit/half case. I think I hurt my chances by going late in the day and late in the week, my interviewer was clearly ready to leave. I botched the second case and apparently lacked empathy in some of my personal stories. I did not make it to round 3.

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