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 [...]

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 [...]

Question: I was recently passed onto the final round of interviews for McKinsey, and I was hoping that you would have some advice specifically for preparing for the final round. How is the final round different from the previous one (both seem to have a similar format), and with this difference in mind, what can [...]

Question: After rewatching your videos and reading the FAQ + additional resources I would like to ask you on some advice for the following. Usually typical consultancy requirements are: analytical skills, communication skills, teamwork, attention to detail,  numerical skills, drive, motivation, ability to synthesize, ability to structure a complex problem into small partial problems, and [...]

Question: What’s a Hypothesis? And Do I Need to Use One? Would you recommend to always to use and mention a hypothesis in a case? Are there some cases which are not suitable for a hypothesis or not suitable to mention? I ask this because imho sometimes its not that easy to formulate a hypothesis, [...]

Question: I have a question regarding hiring people who already have a background in consulting. What are the chances of small-time boutique consulting firm alumni to apply successfully to a top tier firm? I’m pretty sure I could easily land a gig at some boutique consulting firms, there are LOTS of them where I live [...]

Question: I am a Senior Manager at XYZ in [ABC Country] (equivalent to Manager at Bain and Associate Principal at McKinsey I think i.e. one level below partner) and have always been interested in working for Bain & Co and they have just started significant growth momentum in [ABC Country] bringing two new partners to [...]

Question: How’s it going? I am a non-business background, former teacher interviewing for the business analyst position at McKinsey. Since I am interviewing for the bottom of the ladder at McKinsey, will the cases most likely be business situation and profitability or am I equally likely to get any type of business situation as a [...]

Question: I love the site and the content that you provided. I was hoping if you had the time to decipher my final round interview. Thanks in advance for any help! So I had a final round recently (3-30 minute interviews, 2 cases 1 market sizing). So for one case interview, most of the focus [...]

Question: I received 2 interviews with a case in each and I cracked both. Case 1 was a straight profits decline case and I found the cause and came up with recommendations to solve this in a structured logical MECE way. Case 2 was regarding to move a plant to Latin America and I calculated [...]

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