McKinsey & Company Interview Questions

Updated Sep 16, 2014
Updated Sep 16, 2014
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Problem solving test was manageable, using example case studies to prepare. Failed to progress beyond first round of interviews. First round consisted of 2 back to back interviews. Managed to pass the first one but was unsuccessful in the second one, resulting in my overall failure to progress.

    Interview Questions
    • Second case studies interview was about a country I did not know much about, and my biggest mistake was not asking the interviewer enough questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Submitted CV and cover letter online and received an email inviting me to a 1 hour problem solving test at a nearby McKinsey office 2 weeks later. Completed the test and was emailed 1 week later informing me that I had passed the test and was invited to the next round of face to face interviews. I was given a range of dates to choose from as well as the chance to attend a training session beforehand. The format was two 1 hour interviews with a different consultant. The first half hour of each interview was an in depth analysis of a single behavioural question eg "Describe a time you overcame an obstacle to achieve a goal". The second half hour was a case study of the type that can be found on McKinsey's career page with plenty of steering by the consultants.

    Interview Questions
    • Not a specific question but they will probe very deep on the behavioural question. Make sure that any example you use has enough meat to last for 30 minutes of discussion.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Test, 2 rounds of interviews

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Target school APD (Advanced Professional Degree) BTO (Business Technology Office) for London office. Problem solving test was waived, as I'd taken it previously. 1st round interview was great, well organized and very enjoyable. My 2nd round interview was botched. I was handed off to three different recruiters, with long (1 month+) delays. Took continual prompting and asking a friend in another office to help out to finish the process. The BTO intake seems disorganized compared to the standard batch-day process. 20/20 hindsight, I'd apply as a generalist consultant.

    Interview Questions
    • Standard McKinsey process. The London-specific 'role-play' scenario was the only unusual bit.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First you do an exam, then you have 6 interviews (2 rounds of 3 people). The first round is with more junior people. Each interview is case based. You can check the website for more info. The process is very transparent.

    Interview Questions
    • The case is difficult but you can prepare by reading cases in the website and external books   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    4 steps - first a screening of CV, then the problem solving test, then 2 rounds of interviews (3 interviews each). In the first round I got 3 cases - one was profitability-framework oriented, the other two business situation-oriented (think 3Cs or 4Ps). The cases were pretty straightforward but you do need to do the math quickly and without mistakes + be very structured. Apart from the cases there are general 'fit' questions.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to calculate the impact of cost changes on a company.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was interviewing for a summer role at the London office during my MBA. Although McKinsey undertook lots of activity in the run up to the recruitment process both in their offices and on campus, they offered very few roles to the cohort. Mixed bag of people – some nice, some very robotic.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions that weren't applicable to my professional history.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and was invited to take the PST after about 2 weeks. The PST is hard, and is meant to be, so do not be disheartened. However, practice WILL help, and you should be getting the hang of it after a few mock tests. Another week after the PST, I was invited to first round interviews. There was a lot of support at this stage, both a "trial run" telephone practice session with a current business analyst at the office I was applying for, as well a an evening coaching session organised by the local McKinsey office. For the first round interview, I had 2 interviewers taking turns to interview me one at a time (I had the first interviewer with me in the room for 1 hour, he then left and then the 2nd interviewer came in to conduct her interview). Both interviews were similar, with general personal experience questions during the first half hour and a case during the second half hour.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a situation in which you resolved a conflict within a group.   View Answer
    No Offer
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    BA Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    I got called to the PST test, and having passed that, through to the first round interviews. My interview consisted of 2 x 1hour interviews with junior Mckinsey consultants (around 2 years of experience). The interviews was made up of around 10 minutes of behavioural based questions (tell me a bit about yourself, how do you deal with conflict), and then 40 minutes of a business case study

    Interview Questions
    • Business case discussing market share of a Tractor company based in the USA   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Oxford, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone Interview and Mock Research Design

    Interview Questions
    • Asked me some questions in Spanish unexpectedly, as I had said in application that I also speak Spanish   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Was only for 4 month internship and though it paid well, I wanted something more long term.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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