McKinsey Offer - Experienced Hire

Success Story:

I have had this vision for many months... writing to you about my success story just after my donation to

I received an offer from McKinsey / European office.

I would like to thank you for the great work you are doing - it does make a difference and changes lives!

Would like to return the favor and help others with sharing my experience:

Little bit about myself: experienced hire with many years spent in the industry, a successful track record but no Masters / MBA and a low GPA relative to MBB standards:

1) Network, network, network
Although I spent enormous time on my cover letter and CV I am sure that it would never be looked at or automatically filtered out (low GPA!) if I just made an online application.

2) Practice, practice, practice
Start with the basics (your videos and LOMS is great for that!)
Then nothing beats live practice - not just for CASE but also for FIT interviews.
And consume whatever you can get your hands on... there are plethora of mba casebooks I discovered very late in the process. Excellent source for broadening the perspectives!

3) Persevere, persevere, persevere
Easier said than done but it is so true... The process took roughly 3-4 months of intense preparation. I had to balance my job and family (have small kids) - and make a lot of sacrifices.

I had many rejections on the way. In no particular order: some firms didn't even respond to my application, some didn't call for an interview, some I got rejected in the 1st round and some I got rejected in the final.

The key however is: I really knew deep inside that this is THE right fit for me - and that self conviction carried me through these set backs and came across eventually to get an offer from THE company I wanted most to work for.

My Reply:

Thank you for taking the time to share your story and strategies for others. I appreciate your donation to

Congratulations on the McKinsey offer!! I'm glad my materials were helpful, but your hard work and perseverance paid off.

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1 comment… add one
  • Nina Apr 29, 2014, 6:31 am

    Dear McKinsey Experienced Hire, just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement. I’m sure many people, like myself, will find your words reassuring and will help motivate them through the long and arduous process.

    With all dreams in life, commitment, resilience, determination and a deep rooted self-belief make all the difference in the world – and these are habits that often do not come naturally to many. So these reminders of successful stories help fuel ones hopes.

    Best of luck to you.

    Nina E

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