December 2010

Group Case Interview

Question: Thanks for all the valuable information you share on your site. Its just about the precise, concise prep I’d ever seen. I have been invited to Round 1 of McKinsey interviews later this month. The interview process has a 60 minute Analytical test (Computer based), followed by 2 case sessions where a McK facilitator [...]

McKinsey - Experienced Hire Recruiting

Question: I am looking for guidance on how the experienced hire recruiting process works, whether there has to be a specific opening in an area related to my experience for me to secure an interview and how I could improve my chances of getting an interview/offer. My Response: Unfortunately, I was never really involved in [...]

Business Analysts after McKinsey

Question: Do you know the type of jobs that are usually found by Business Analysts after McKinsey? My Reply: I don’t have any recent data on this. But when I was a Business Analyst, while I was promoted to Associate, my colleagues went to the following places: 60% went to Harvard or Stanford for an [...]

McKinsey First Round Interview

Question: What is the McKinsey First Round Interview like? My Response: The purpose of the McKinsey first round is pretty simple. All we’re trying to do as an interviewer is answer two questions: 1) Do you think like a consultant? 2) Are you client safe? Let me start with one little pet peeve of mine. [...]

McKinsey Questions

Question: [My Reply in Brackets Following Each Question] 1. Is it a plus to have a summer internship with another consulting firm at CV (level of ATK, Monitor, etc.) during full-time recruiting with McKinsey? Will it help an applicant to differentiate from other candidates? Will interviewer try to find out whether this internship resulted in [...]

McKinsey Interview Questions

Question: Regarding McKinsey interview questions, I have first rounds with McKinsey coming up soon and have found your online videos to be the best resource available in terms of case interview preparation (especially when I only had one week to prepare!). With regards to your answer on how case interviewers decide, you mentioned that the [...]

The Importance of a Hypothesis in a Case Interview

Question: I will be interviewing with McKinsey next week. I’ve been watching the case interview video and it was extremely useful. However, regarding the business situation framework, I have a question. Yesterday I had my first case interview workshop in McKinsey. Two highlights from the workshop are: 1) Don’t ask too many questions or do [...]

What is a Competitive GMAT Score for McKinsey?

Question: I scored 710 on the GMAT after studying for about five weeks. Do you know if this is a competitive GMAT score for comparison with the brainiacs working at McKinsey? And does the firm place any value on a good GMAT score when hiring Business Associates? My Reply: I don’t recall the cutoffs off [...]

BCG Tokyo Offer

Success Story: I recently got an offer from BCG Tokyo and just accepted it. (I also got Booz and Deloitte too) Thank you so much for your superb content, this couldn’t have happened without your help. I donated to your charity, since that’s the least I can do to thank you. I only start work [...]

Case Interview Glossary

This is note just for people with non-business backgrounds. I get a lot of emails from people saying I’m totally new to the world of business, how do I learn about the business world in 4 days. Okay, so that’s a tough challenge. I usually say, start reading the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Fortune [...]

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