mckinsey problem solving test

Bain Written Case Interview

I recently was sent this question from a CaseInterview.com student looking for advice on how to prepare for a Bain Written Case Interview. What follows is the student’s original question and my advice on how to prepare. Question: I’ve purchased LOMS and have just completed my first attempt at all the cases. Your best practice examples are [...]

BCG Potential Test

What is the BCG Potential Test and Why is it Used? BCG (Boston Consulting Group) potential test is an online test used in the first round of interviews. This test allows BCG to test candidates using the same test giving them a better comparison tool for evaluating candidate performance. What is the format of this [...]

McKinsey PST: (Practice Question and Answer)

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 [...]

8 Example 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? – [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]