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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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

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