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 [...]

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?” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Question: Regarding the decision process for an interviewer (the decision to move a candidate to second round or to give the candidate an offer) in a case study interview — Is it solely based on your performance in the interview, or does the firm, in addition to your performance in the interview, also reconsider your [...]

The candidate-led case interview is one where the interview presents you with an open question like “Your client is considering a merger with its next largest competitor. What should the client do?” With the exception of McKinsey which has moved to an interviewer-led interview, most other firms use some variation of the candidate-led case. It [...]

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: 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: 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 [...]

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