I had my first round with McKinsey Germany earlier this week and wonder if anyone here has experienced the same interview process or has heard that someone has gone through the same/ similar process.
I was invited to the first round zoom interview through phone call and I immediately scheduled the date to be in 2 weeks from that time. The recruiter mentioned that my first round will only consist of 1 interview and Imbellus Game, and will be conducted by a consultant from a specific practice that I applied. I didn’t get any formal invitation for a zoom interview and any Imbellus Game information until 3 working days before my interview date – After I sent an Email to HR asking specifically about it. What’s odd about it is that my interview partner is HR, not a consultant. I decided to not bring this up before the interview as it was already 3 working days before my interview.
On the day of the interview, HR explained the whole interview process that includes PEI and Case – The usual interview standard at McKinsey. PEI went well, then as it came to the case interview, especially after I explained my structure (my logic on how to solve this problem), this HR asked me to lay down all the possibilities or all the possible components of profit driver tree. I found this so odd, but I drilled this driver tree until 2 stages deeper and basically said what could be the relevant factors and components. She kept saying, “Is there anything else missing?”. Normally if the interviewer says this, he/she is waiting for a specific answer. It was not in my case, in fact, she kept asking me the same question as we went through every driver and sub-driver of the profit driver tree.
She did not end the case by answering the case question. I did bring up this issue directly on the Q&As after the case interview and she just said that it is one of the ways to end a case.
I got rejected yesterday with feedbacks that I should have detailed my structure furthermore and should be more knowledgeable in the airline industry (It was an airline case).
I found my case to be extremely odd and personally unpleasant for me, especially after all the cases and PEI preparation. Any insights are highly appreciated.