Getting The 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 [...]

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: I just had my second case interview practice interview with a consultant from Mckinsey, and it was a major improvement from my first. I owe a lot to your Look Over My Shoulder® Program, it made solving the case a lot more natural. I wanted to ask you regarding feedback after a case interview, [...]

Question: Thanks for all your help! I’m just trying to understand the differences in case interview rounds — between interviewing with Associates/ Engagement Managers in Round 1, vs. Partners in final round, and trying to figure out ways I can get the partners to like me during the interview. My Reply: One of the big [...]

Question: I have a McKinsey case interview via video conference next week. Do you have any advice as to how one should handle these? What are the major differences between a face-to-face interview and Video Conference case interview that someone who has never done a Video Conference should be aware of? By the way, I [...]

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 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: 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: Is it OK to ask for 1 minute to gather my thoughts before concluding? My Reply: Yes, absolutely this is okay. Keep in mind that in an interview situation, a 1 minute pause feels like 10 minutes to the interviewee (you in this case)? Just realize to the interviewer, it’s not a big deal. [...]

Question: Victor, thank you for your case interview videos and advice – a very valuable and user-friendly service. You emphasize the importance of working on paper, and sharing the written work with the interviewer (and friends of mine at consulting firms have emphasized the same). I have a phone interview with BCG coming up in [...]

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