mckinsey interview

How to Get a McKinsey Offer

If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, you know that I receive a lot of success story emails. More recently, I’ve been asking members of my case interview preparation community to not just share the news of their success, but also how they achieved it. The first time I did this was on a whim. Then I [...]

How to Get a McKinsey Interview Through Networking

Reader Success Story: I am an avid reader of your emails. Reading your email,forms a mandatory part of my reading list, which also includes Business Week, Economist, FT, Wall Street Journal, and the Quran. I wanted to send you a quick note on how I have been able to secure a McKinsey interview, despite not knowing [...]

How to Practice Cases Without a Partner

A question I receive quite often is How to Practice Case Interviews Alone? I will be honest it is hard to practice case interviews on your own but not impossible. Most of my case interview prep was done by myself. I would typically get a copy of the latest Business Week which would report all the major [...]

McKinsey PST Cut-Off Score

Question: Thank you for your emails and all the wonderful tips you have archived on your website. It has been a tremendous help. I recently was invited to interview at McKinsey and [sub-company of Bain] in the [Mediterranean city] offices. Unfortunately, I did not make it past either PST. The recruiter at McKinsey said I [...]

McKinsey Final Round Feedback: Over-Structuring

Question: Thank you so much for all the help that you gave us. I am going to sign up with a boutique consulting firm, and wondering can you add me into the loop of F1Y? I also would love to hear your thoughts on my McKinsey final round feedback. I got the feedback that I [...]

Case Interview Math and the McKinsey Interview

I recently received a question from a reader about case interview math and a 3rd round McKinsey interview. The reader asked what kind of cases and skills they should be practicing to improve their math skills for an interviewer-led case interview. I realized that this is most likely a problem many readers have so am including [...]

McKinsey Interview Dress Code

Question: When interviewing with companies like McKinsey, how formal should we be with dress? Is there a limit on how formal i.e if a pocket square, etc. is appropriate? Or standard suit, tie and briefcase?   My Reply: When it comes to dress code in consulting, it is important to keep in mind that how [...]

Options for a Second Chance McKinsey 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 [...]

Candidate-Led Case Interview

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 [...]

Getting Hired -- McKinsey Business Analysts

Question: Does McKinsey still hire Business Analysts a year or two after they graduate? My Reply: Yes, they do though it is less common. It typically happens if someone took the time to get a masters degree that is not an MBA. In many cases, those graduates, especially if they do not have work experience, [...]

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