Unusual Questions

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  • What books/films have you enjoyed recently and why?
  • What is the worst thing that you have ever gotten away with?
  • How do you define and evaluate successful work?
  • Do you fear anything?
  • How would you rate me as your interviewer?


Every candidate should be prepared for the classics and spend some time to think of answers. The unusual questions challenge the candidate to come up with answers for questions that he has most likely not prepared for. While listening to the answers, keep in mind the two major criteria you have to evaluate:

  • Can I work with this candidate closely in a team every day?
  • Can I send the candidate to a client alone?


Make sure, the candidate follows the three basic rules for personal fit questions:

  • Provision of a clear roadmap: The candidate has time to think of a structured answer.
  • Using distinctive answers: Examples instead of generic answers help to remember a candidate.
  • Using the answer to sell him/herself: The statements should still answer the question, but in a way that the candidate conveys useful skills.

Detaillierte Lösung

What books/films have you enjoyed recently and why?


  • Providing aspects of the film that had an impact on the candidate personally or professionally.
  • Letting the choice of film convey positive aspects of the personality.


  • Stating only the entertainment factor as reason.

What is the worst thing that you have ever gotten away with?


  • Taking time to think of something and realizing that this is a precarious question.
  • Providing a light, anecdotal and a funny story.


  • Stating illegal or unethical actions.
  • Failing to provide a consequence or a take away from this story (regarding the consulting interview or the future).

How do you define and evaluate successful work?


  • Providing a concise answer.
  • Using an example in which the candidate him/herself hat to define and evaluate successful work.
  • Finding the mix between high expectations towards successful work and pragmatic realism.

Do you fear anything?


  • Showing how fear drives the candidate.
  • Showing how fear was overcome.


  • Providing not a real fear.
  • Conveying psychological instabilities and insecurity.

How would you rate me as your interviewer?


  • Providing aspects the candidate liked and disliked and what he/she felt.
  • Stating the reasons from a personal “me” perspective and telling why he/she would have done something different.


  • Correcting the interviewer and stating something as false or incorrect.
  • Being indifferent and having only general points.

Schwierige Fragen

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Good question. It's actually really hard to give general advice on. Again, a bit like going on a date - how can I make sure he/she likes me? All social rules and norms apply -- what kind of candida... (mehr)

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Only Former Partner (McKinsey / Oliver Wyman) on PrepLounge and McKinsey MBA, Experienced Hire and Undergraduate Recruiting Leader

Your framework is a good one but I would add a few things. Make sure you are conversational: Don’t be rote in your response. Make sure that when telling your story, you are really “telling a sto... (mehr)

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Hello! Here are some tips that will be useful during the fit part of the interview. Structuring your answer Use the S-PARADE-L method ( Si... (mehr)

Big question you are asking here! What does "successful" even mean? The answer is very personal, and yours will probably even change over time, just like mine alreadyhas a few times. I think the tr... (mehr)

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Ex BCG | MBB Specialist | #1 Expert for meetings done (900+) and recommendation rate (100%)

Hi Sandra, great question, that’s actually something many candidates confuse. I have provided a description of the different areas below, together with what to focus on: 1) Personal Impact is ma... (mehr)

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