McKinsey & Company Junior Associate Interview Questions | Glassdoor

McKinsey & Company Junior Associate Interview Questions

Interviews at McKinsey & Company

49 Interview Reviews

Experience

Experience
76%
13%
11%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview
70%
18%
7%
5

Difficulty

3.9
Average

Difficulty

Hard
Average
Easy

Helpful (9)  

Junior Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

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

Interview

The whole process is challenging as you would expect:
- Starts with a math test. It is as difficult or perhaps more than the numerical bit from the GMAT
- 2-3 rounds of 2-3 interviews
- Each interview has a case and a personal component.

Interview Questions

  • Perhaps the most difficult bit is the numerical exam at the beginning. Make sure you practice just to avoid typical errors. Also be strategic, if a question is to difficult dont spend too much time in it (as in the GMAT) given that the test is timed.   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for McKinsey & Company

  1.  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview

    I was contacted by HR to set up the interview date and I had 2 interviews lasting about 50 minutes each with managers composed of 5 min introduction, 15 mins personal experience, and 30 minutes business case.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a situation where your contribution in a team was fundamental for the successful completion of the project.
      Tell me about a situation where you were in disagreement with your team and you managed to change their mind.   Answer Question

  2.  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Three cases with Associates and Engagement Managers and two partner interviews in final round.

    In every interview you have to prepare 1-2 stories on 1) personal impact 2) team leadership 3) drive 4) xxx

    Interview Questions

  3.  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Toronto, ON (Canada)).

    Interview

    I was invited for testing in Europe, 2 weeks after applying, but took the test in Africa as I had relocated.
    The PST was intense, and I learnt the casing on my own.

    Interview Questions


  4.  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Very friendly interviewers. They really guided me through the case study. A lot more focus on the personal aspect than I had expected. Don't be worried if you can't wrap the case.

    Interview Questions


  5.  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Typical McKinsey interview process: PST, two interviews at first round, three partner interviews at final round. All structured with a quick intro, Personal Experience (PEI) and an interviewer-led case study. Be prepared to tell more than one story for the PEI per interview.

    Interview Questions

    • PEI questions examples
      Tell me about:
      1) a challenging situation with a tight deadline,
      2) a situation where you lead a team through a difficult situation,
      3) a situation when you had to change someone's opinion.

      Cases
      Profitability cases hidden in complex background information plus quirky cases based on their pro-bono practice. Helps to prepare by thinking through different problems and trying to arrange them into different logical structures.   Answer Question

  6.  

    Junior Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (London, England (UK)) in January 2018.

    Interview

    The interview structure consisted of personal experience and case interview. Interviewed by engagement manager and senior consultant. Interviewers were very helpful. Case interview part consisted of business case and no market sizing questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult challenge   Answer Question

  7.  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Took the PST and was then invited to interview. The firm provided several resources for preparing for the interview, most of which I took advantage of (but not all--and I wish I had). At the office on the day of, the atmosphere was professional but relaxed, with one of my interviewer in jeans (it was a Friday morning). Both interviewers were engaging and easy to talk to. The interview itself consisted of two one-hour interviews, with the first half of each devoted to the PEI, the second half the case, and the final few minutes to my own questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had a conflict in a team setting, and what you did to improve the situation.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (2)  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Submitted an application online, received news a few weeks later I was selected for a PST session, took the exam and found out I passed the day after. Had two rounds of interviews (2 interviews 50 mins each) on two consecutive days with the offers being issued on the afternoon of the second day.
    The whole process was extremely professional and friendly, I was assigned a "Buddy" from the firm to help with the preparation process, he was extremely agreeable, always available for advice and mock practice.
    Best process I've been part of until now.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you had a position of leadership and faced a difficult challenge   1 Answer

  9. Helpful (2)  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Standard McKinsey interview process. Exactly as described on the website.

    Initial problem solving tests are tricky - try the official ones online, I downloaded the app for my iPad.

    First round was 2 x 1hr interviews. Very impressed by my interviewers, nice guys who made a great effort to reduce the stress / anxiety by just being genuinely friendly and chatty. Personal experience interview (PEI) address the standard topics of leadership and conflict resolution. Prepare this well, they'll 'dive deep' here and have probing questions. Cases were interesting, but tough. I was concerned that I didn't get the second one finished but having chatted with the interviewer he said he a bunch of different places that he could stop; it just so happened we spent a while on the PEI.

    Final round was 3 x 1hr interviews with more senior consultants. To be honest, the format was entirely consistent and the senior consultants were great, in my pre-interview nerves I felt they might be more intimidating - couldn't have been more wrong!

    HR assured me that I'd have an answer that evening.

    Very smooth process!

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time in which you had to resolve conflict in a group you were a part of? Could be a professional, academic or personal setting.   1 Answer

Don't Miss Out On a Job You Love
Upload a resume to easily apply to jobs from anywhere. It's simple to set up.