mckinsey problem solving test

Reapplying to McKinsey After Two Years

Question: What is the policy for reapplying to McKinsey after two years? Would a candidate be at a disadvantage if they previously applied, and didn’t make it past the Problem Solving Test? Would that reflect badly on my new application? I applied two and a half years ago, and received an invitation for the PST. [...]

Bain Written Case Interview

Question: I’ve purchased LOMS and have just completed my first attempt at all the cases. Your best practise examples are so useful. I was just wondering if you had any advice on how to practice or attempt to answer/structure a written case interview study that I will have to tackle for a final round Bain [...]

McKinsey Africa - First Round Interview

Question: I have my first round interview with McKinsey, Africa soon and unfortunately I first discovered your site just a few days ago. I have tried to go through the entire video but this has been tough, given that I have a full time job and I spend four hours driving to and from work [...]

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 [...]

BCG Potential Test / Boston Consulting Group Potential Test

Question: My question relates to the BCG ‘potential test’. I was recently offered a first round interview at Boston Consulting Group Europe, and this first round includes only a computerized ‘potential test’ and one case interview. Since it will make up 50% of the first round, it seems like this potential test will be very [...]

McKinsey Problem Solving Test - Example Test Question #1 - Answers

Here’s a sample data sufficiency mini-case question that at McKinsey partner asked me many years ago.  See my reply below. Volvo – The Safest Car in the United States* * New US government report shows that fewer people die in a Volvo than in any other car brand in America Assess the validity of this [...]

Case Interview Questions

Here’s a list of Case Interview Questions that I’ve received as a candidate. Keep in mind the interview format (especially for McKinsey) has evolved since the time I went through it as a candidate. How much time does it take to relocated an average size mountain 10 miles using an average size dump truck? – [...]

McKinsey Problem Solving Test - Example Test Question #1

One of the skills that’s being tested during a case interview is something I call data sufficiency. Basically, you have a bunch of data and the question is do you have ENOUGH data to make a particular conclusion. This is certainly something that is tested during a live, in-person, face-to-face case interview. It is also [...]

Monitor's Written Case Interview

Question: My question is in regards to Monitor’s written case interview format. The candidate spends 15-30 mins reading 2/3 pages of text with graphs/tables about a business problem (I guess during this time the candidate CAN take notes but CANNOT ask the interviewer any clarifying questions), and then takes a series of questions from the [...]