December 2010

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 [...]

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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