I am really excited to be finally writing this email to you. I have read so many "success stories" and was eagerly waiting for the day I will get to write my own.
I just received an offer from McKinsey Dubai for a Business Analyst position after 1 PST and 2 rounds of 5 interviews overall with EMs and Partners.
I would like to share with you all some thoughts on what I believe were the most essential things that really made the difference in getting the job:
1) Hard work:
There is no shortcut to success, no magical formula. I was casing every single day, at least twice, for 5 weeks. I skipped going out on weekends, traveling on fall break, just to focus on getting better at it.
I went through LOMS at least 5 times, both written and audio recordings. I got the point that I was dreaming about solving a case!!!!
2) Knowing when to stop:
While I was casing every single day, I was terrible at it. I would get the structure off, the math wrong, my recommendations were weak. I was a disaster. In fact, in all 60-70 cases I did, I screwed up in 90% of them.
It wasn't because I didn't know how to do cases, it was because I was doing the same mistakes over and over and over again. I was stuck in a hole, and luckily for me my roommate gave me the best advice at that time: "Dude, you are in a hole: STOP!"
So in my last week before the interview, I actually stopped casing. I didn't do a single case, I just let it all sink in, relaxed, went out and also focused on my midterms.
3) Balancing my intellect with my personality:
During my interviews, I focused on having a great time with the interviewer and making the most out of my time there. I smiled, laughed sometimes, had conversations and genuinely enjoyed every single moment in the case.
In fact, by the end of my last interview, I had just completed three 1-hour long cases and the only thing I could think of is: I want another case! I didn't force anything, I was myself and the partners just loved me.
In fact, they loved me to the extent that they didn't even want to wait and call me on the phone, one of the partners came to me right after my last interview and said, "You have impressed all of us, you have a bright future ahead of you. We all loved you here...when can you start?"
In the end, I would like to thank you Victor for your amazing tips, for LOMS, for your book and for this website. I would also like to thank everyone who shared their struggles and successes, you were an inspiration to me. To all aspiring consultants, YOU CAN MAKE IT.
Go out there and crack the case!