January 2011

The Perfect Hypothesis Opening Statement

What follows is a field report from a reader who just got a McKinsey offer, and my commentary on the perfect hypothesis opening statement. Field Report: I wanted to let you know that I received an offer from McKinsey as a non-MBA candidate. Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the process. [...]

What Interviewers Notice in a Consulting Case Interview

Question: So I wanted to ask you – in terms of how one presents oneself and the mental approach to interviews, what is it you looked for in candidates during your time at McKinsey? My Reply: Case performance aside, I typically found it reassuring when I found someone who was good at the cases and [...]

McKinsey Africa - First Round Interview

Question: I have my first round interview with McKinsey, Africa soon and unfortunately I first discovered your site just a few days ago. I have tried to go through the entire video but this has been tough, given that I have a full time job and I spend four hours driving to and from work [...]

Options for a Second Chance McKinsey Interview

Question: Last week I had a McKinsey interview and didn’t pass. I know that it was my fault because I didn’t practice much. Anyway, I received feedback from my interviewer. He said that they liked me, especially my communication, leadership skills and my ideas about cases, but the answers were not structured enough. When I [...]

Negotiating Salary with Consulting Firms

Question: I have an offer from XXX, but am not done interviewing with other firms. Can we, lowly ACs or BAs, leverage different offers against one another? For instance, will I be able to go to XXX and say, “I’d rather work for you, but ZZZZ is offering me more money? What can you do?” [...]

The Airplane Test

Question: When I interviewed for banking internships in the past I noticed , whenever you don’t like the guys (you will feel in the first second) you will not pass the interview even though you are very qualified and answered everything correctly. Perhaps this is called the airport test. Please could you give advice how [...]

McKinsey Interview

McKinsey Interview Question: My question revolves around the differences between the two rounds in the McKinsey interview process.  I’ve heard mixed stories on this and am hoping for a clear answer.  My first rounds were very structured and the interviewer was primarily driving the case by asking a set of 5-6 specific questions per case. [...]

BCG Interviews: U.S. vs. Europe

Question: I just had a question about local differences between BCG offices. I am planning to attend interviews in BCG (European Office). I think most of the information in your website and other similar resources are aimed at the U.S. context. Do you know if there is any difference between Europe and the U.S. version [...]

What to do about Your Case Interview Mistakes

Question: I had a case interview today that was extremely difficult and went terribly. I went to [top school], but you would have thought I’ve never passed 8th grade math after the ridiculous problems I had. I think there still might be a small chance of getting a 3rd Round, as I did all right [...]

Why Multiple Interviews in the Same Day?

Question: Thank you for the emails you have been sending me, I find them very useful and full of insights. I an MBA graduate and I have just been invited to an interview with a boutique firm. I am a bit surprised that they have scheduled me for two consecutive interviews in the same day: [...]

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