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Invited for Interview by second choice office; does that mean I got rejected by my first choice?

McKinsey McKinsey & Company
Neueste Antwort am 2. Aug 2021
<p>So, I just got an invitation to interview with McKinsey, which is great, and am excited about it! However, I saw that it's from the second choice office that I put in instead of my first choice office. Does that mean I got rejected by my first office choice?</p>
Hi! Congratulations on getting an interview! This actually also happened to me when I was applying to McKinsey as a candidate. As fellow experts have pointed out, it could be a combination of things - your first choic ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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MBB Experienced Hire Event

Bain Bain & Company BCG Boston Consulting Group McKinsey McKinsey & Company
Neueste Antwort am 2. Aug 2021
<p>Hi All, I was recently invited to one of the MBB London experienced hire networking event (twice). At the end of the call the host gave us a deadline to apply for the consultant role which is approaching soon. At this stage, I do not have an official referral available, however, both the events application were based on submission of our resume.</p> <p>Should I go ahead and apply for the consultant role through online application? (since both the events were through submission of resume) or should I try harder to get a referral? (I don't think I can get a referral in such a short span since the application deadline is by the end of this month)</p> <p>Thank you in advance!</p>
Hi! Check this on the company website but from what I know, experience hire recruitment goes on all year round, meaning there shouldn't be deadline - you can submit your application anytime. If this is the case, I wou ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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MBB Operations practice Germany - What can I expect from the interview process?

BCG Case Interview interview process MBB McKinsey
Neueste Antwort am 30. Jul 2021
<p>Hi all,</p> <p>just submitted my applications for a position within their Operations practices (BCG &amp; MCK) in Germany.</p> <p>Could you give me a feeling what I can expect from the interview process?<br> Are the interviews structured like 30min personal / PEI and 30min cases?<br> Are the interviews still in a virtual set-up?<br>  </p>
Hey there, Answering from a McKinsey perspective: Admin and logistics Currently, the sessions are structured as follows: Brief ice-breaker and get-to-know you 15-20min PEI 25min Case 5min for your questi ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Feedback call With interviewer Result

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Neueste Antwort am 30. Jul 2021
<p>I did my  1st round interview on July2th and July 10th with one of MBB. I was notified that I passed the first round on July 15th. I just had a feedback call with my 1st interviewer today. She gave me very positive feedback with just a minor area of improvement, while I am happy. I am curious to hear the feedback from my 2nd interviewer.</p> <p>1. Is it usually just one interviewer gave you feedback (representing 2 interviewers) ? Or It will be 2 different people. </p> <p>2. I emailed my 2nd interviewer on July 17 and July 25th asking for feedback, should I reeach him again or it will be annoying ?</p> <p>Thank you for your advices</p>
Hi, congrats on a job well done for the 1st round! The two interviewers from the same round will discuss and compare notes after the two interviews are completed. So the feedback you received has already combied feedb ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Capabilities Network team vs Knowledge center

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Neueste Antwort am 30. Jul 2021
<p>Hi there,</p> <p>What is the difference between Capabilities Network (MineSpans, SteelLens) and Knowledge center? </p> <p>I was having a hard time figuring out myself. </p> <p>Thanks</p>
Hi there, Could you clarify what company this is for?
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Framing negative internship experience properly in PEI?

behavoural fit interview McKinsey McKinsey PEI PEI
Neueste Antwort am 28. Jul 2021
<p>My internship experience this summer started off rocky, in that my assigned manager essentially "ghosted" me by going on leave for the first week of the internship (without notifying me or the intern head) and did not respond to any of my requests for a project schedule. I had to contact the lead intern manager to raise a complaint and a lot of the internship was muddled in trying to work with my manager to actually repsond. A lot of this stemmed from me being placed under a data analyst with no data analytics experience on my end. It also felt extremely routed in me being a woman. I'm not sure how to capture this experience, or if I should mention it at all?</p>
Hi there, Please be very careful here! I think you have fantastic material for a story. However, if you have strong negative feelings towards this event, you are at risk of being overly/overtly negative and using wo ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Do different MBB offices offer interviews on the same day?

Bain BCG internship MBB Mck McKinsey recruiting undergrad
Neueste Antwort am 26. Jul 2021
<p>I'm recruiting for undergrad internships at MBB right now and have not gotten an first-round invite  or rejection email yet. Some other kids seem to have gotten rejections, invites, and even waitlists, but I have not recived any of those at this point. </p> <p>Could this be because the office I'm applying to has not made decisions yet? I'm curious if the various US offices just don't work on the same timelines. Btw, I completed McKinsey's Imbellus last week, but not gotten anything for BCG.</p>
Hi there, Yes timelines across offices are different AND rejections/invites just come at different speeds for everyone. Please just be patient (and double-check that you applied!) and you should start hearing back s ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Will withdrawing an application put you on cool-down?

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Neueste Antwort am 26. Jul 2021
<p>Hi PrepLounge community,</p> <p>I got an interview invitation to 1st round with one of McKinsey's Middle East offices scheduled for September this year. I applied in March and currently live in the US. Recently, due to an unexpected family situation, I have to stay in the US for the foreseeable future (at least in the next 1-2 years). My question is, would it be okay to withdraw my application for the Middle East office and reapply to a North American office? Will this put me on the 2-year application ban?</p> <p>Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!</p>
Hey there, This should not be an issue if you can explain your situation. I would reach out to HR and tell them about it, asking specifically to postpone your application, NOT withdrawing it. All the best! Cheers, ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Specialising at MBB

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Neueste Antwort am 24. Jul 2021
<p>Hi guys,</p> <p>From anyone who has worked in MBB, I want to know if it is possible to specialise coming in after post-grad. I know a lot of these firms like to train their analysts into different industries and specialisations, but personally, I am not into finance, I am not into operations, what I enjoy is brand strategy, pricing models etc.. and I know these firms have sales/marketing/branding divisions, but is it possible to specialise in these divisions immediately? </p>
Hi there, Yes and no. Unfortunately, you are joining firms that embrace the generalist model. If you are coming in as a consultant or lower, you're going to have to be a generalist (I didn't know anyone who speciali ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Hypothesis Testing

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Neueste Antwort am 23. Jul 2021
Anonym A fragte am 23. Jul 2021
<p>Ola,</p> <p>I have been practicing cases for a while. However, I still need to improve my  hyphothesis testing ability. Any tips/resources on how to practice hypothesis testing ? Grazie</p>
Ola, I have been practicing cases for a while. However, I still need to improve my  hyphothesis testing ability. Any tips/resources on how to practice hypothesis testing ? Grazie
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2 invitations to McKinsey Imbellus game?

Interview McKinsey McKinsey McKinsey & Company McKinsey problem solving game
Neueste Antwort am 22. Jul 2021
<p>TLDR: I received 2 invitations to the problem solving game from 2 different offices with 2 deadlines. Do I take both or just one?</p> <p>Hi guys, I'm currently in the early stages of the recruiment process at McKinsey. I submitted my application on Monday July 19 and received an email on Wednesday July 21 to take the problem solving game. Today I received another invitation to the game from a different recruiter. The first invitation gives me a week to take it, and the second invitation gives me until this Sunday July 25. I looked up both recruiters, and they are from 2 different regions of the world that I have indicated interests in. The registration link included in both email is the same, but I was able to register for a different time slot in the second one.</p> <p>Anyways, do I do both assessments or just one (the one with the earlier deadline)? I also would like to know if this has happened to anyone else and what you did. Thank you!</p>
Hello, I think that you have just found a kind of bug :) Do you have a strong preference for one of the two regions? If that's the case, I would do that test for first. Anyway it's not your fault if you received two ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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McK interviewers discussion BTS

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Neueste Antwort am 22. Jul 2021
<p>I was curious what happens behind the scenes when interviewers discuss your performance. If you made some math mistakes in one interview and aced qualitative aspects but had the reverse situation in the 2nd interview (aced the math but not so great with brainstorming)..would they let you pass? I hear they look for patterns, so if you messed up math in both interviews then clearly it's a pattern and math needs to be improved but if you don't have a pattern of mistakes then do you have a greater chance of passing?</p>
If there were clear concerns in more than one section of the case across the two interviews then you will not progress. If you had a blip, say in the maths for one interview but did exceptionally well in your other and ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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McKinsey Exit Options, Timing, and PE?

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Neueste Antwort am 21. Jul 2021
<p>Hi guys,</p> <p>I'm happy to share that I've been extended an offer to join McKinsey &amp; Company as a fellow (business analyst) fresh out of school. In terms of my academic background, I've completed my bachelors in business administration (BBA) with a majors in marketing.</p> <p>My thought process (and please do comment on this) currently is that I'll work at the firm for 3-4 years where there exists a possibility of bring promoted to associate and then look to exit management consulting into private equity, which seems to be a lucrative option at this time.</p> <p>Now I completely understand if the above is entirely wishful thinking but I'd like to understand a few things.</p> <ol> <li>What is the best time to exit management consulting, I've read the average to be 2-3 years but I'm thinking a promotion to associate may be useful?  </li> <li>Is private equity a possibilty given my background? It's unlikely that I will get to select which projects I work on this early in so I might not be able to work on DD or M&amp;A projects.  </li> <li>Should I consider an MBA first, i.e. after leaving consulting &amp; before transitioning or is it important to have PE experience before masters?  </li> <li>How can I better equip myself for a role in finance, perhaps giving the CFA?</li> </ol> <p>I understand this post is long-winded and talks generally about a number of things however this is the starting point of this research so any direction would be greatly appriciated.</p> <p>Thank you!</p>
If you want to go into PE, I would start early than late where I've seen some BA's leave after 18 months or straight after MBA; 3-4 years is definitely on the longer side where "more" experience in conslting is not nece ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Imbellus experience: Failed two parts of the tower defense; do I still have a chance?

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Neueste Antwort am 20. Jul 2021
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<p>So I did successfully completed the Ecosystem challenge. When it comes to the Tower Defense part, I managed to complete the first round after 15 turns but not long. Then, I somehow thought that the 12 mins are for all 3 rounds and I already spent 11 mins on the first one, so I rushed through my second turn in around 3 mins, failing in the 6th turn. However, after realizing my mistake, I cruised past the last turn and I actually fend off all the invaders for the third one. Will my application still be considered for interview?</p>
Something similar happened to me as well, and I passed it. and I know a lot of people who screwed up in all of the 3 turns and still managed to pass! Luckily in this game, the way you played (e.g. strategy of defend ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Factory Expansion case - need some opinion

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Neueste Antwort am 19. Jul 2021
<p>Hello.</p> <p>Last week I just had an interview in a big 4 consulting firm (I passed). However I still curious about my answer regarding the final question that they raise to me.</p> <p>Context:</p> <p>The case is about capacities expansion for golf-stick manufacturing company because increasing demand in the next 2 years. After we discuss about the case, we believe doing factory expansion is a great idea. The question in the end was:</p> <p>" The CEO just arrived and he need your opinion regarding what risk that they need to think when they want to expand their factory, and how they mitigate them? "</p> <p>.</p> <p>My answer was:</p> <p>1) Hidden cost in the variable, because when we expand the factory, there are also a lot of variable cost that will increase (labor, maintenance, technology), we mitigate it by checking the cost side and make sure we already analyse all the cost that we need to expand</p> <p>2) Potential decreasing market in the future, we only had projection for the next two years and I am afraid after two years the market will be shrinking due to some circumstances. We try to mitigate it by doing more research regarding the market behave, especially if we can project more precise for more than two years.</p> <p>.</p> <p>My questions are, is my answer make sense and is there something that I miss?</p> <p>Thanks!!</p>
Hi there, Sorry to be so short, but we don't know...we didn't do this case! If you made it to the next round, you likely did not miss anything major.
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Mckinsey PEI questions - interviewers approach

McKinsey McKinsey PEI
Neueste Antwort am 8. Jul 2021
<p>Hi all,</p> <p>Hope everyone is doing well!</p> <p>I will have the 1st round interview with Mckinsey and I'm struggling a bit with the storytelling of my experiences to the 3 different dimensions (Entreperneurial drive, Personal Impact &amp; Leadership). Do you know how the interviewers structure the PEI questions? I mean:</p> <p>- Do you know if they ask a general question (biggest achievment or something you've created) and then within that story they ask other different aspects like (in that process what was your biggest weakness or biggest failure, how did you influence someone) ?</p> <p>OR</p> <p>- They focus only in one aspect (an example where you convinced someone) and the follow up question are about my approach, results, etc?</p> <p>I've heard that I would need to have 15 different stories, each one with 15 different aspects to be well prepared... Is this even possible? I'm not an adventorous 80 years old man who's had all kinds of experiences to have that many stories with so many aspects :) </p> <p>Thank you very much in advance!</p>
Hey there, The answer is the latter. They focus on one aspect and then go really deep into that aspect and ask very personal questions about the situation. As a result, you do not need 15 different stories but rather ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Mckinsey reapplying

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Neueste Antwort am 7. Jul 2021
<p>Hello everyone, </p> <p>Last year I had applied for the Mckinsey BA position but got rejected (without referral). This year I have a referral (Engagement Manager) and going to apply for the Junior Associate position as I have more than 2 years of experience and I had a chat with the recruiter and she told me I should apply for the JA position. </p> <p>I had passed the CV screening at Bain and BCG last year but did not pass the CV screening at Mckinsey. However, the EM who is going to refer me told me that my CV is great and asks me to let her know when the JA position is opened in her office. However, the same CV got rejected last year by Mckinsey. </p> <p>I am not sure what to do. Should I go with the same CV or should I make some changes and then send her again. Also, how powerful the EM is in the hierarchy. Should I network with partners and asked them to refer instead of EM?</p>
Hey there, Whenever you (re)-apply after a failed application (screening, aptitude test, or interviews) you need to make sure to show significant development in your resume since your rejection. Assuming you want to ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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McKinsey Referral / Application Question

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Neueste Antwort am 7. Jul 2021
<p>Hey everyone - quick question. I applied to McKinsey for a BA role a couple of weeks ago but haven't heard anything yet - I'd be a lateral hire with a few years of IB experience. Luckily, since then I've connected with a former employee who plans to formally refer me. My question is - should I now withdraw the application which I independently submitted previously? Thoughts? Appreciate it in advance. </p>
Hey there, No, at this stage you should not withdraw the application but rather ask the former employee to contact HR for the referral directly.  It's a bit outside of the usual process but it could work. Cheers, ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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For which consulting position level should I apply based on my experience and academic level?

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Neueste Antwort am 4. Jul 2021
<p>Hi, </p> <p>I will be starting a 1-year Master's in Finance this September at a well-regarded european business school (Rotterdam School of Management). My work experience consists of a 6 month audit internship in a multinational firm (PKF International) and 9 months of consulting expeirience in Deloitte (Business Analyst). Also, I have succesfully passed the first level of the CFA program. </p> <p>I am interested in applying for an internship or even a full-time role in Mckinsey next summer (after graduation) and I was wondering which would be the ideal position to apply for based on my academic level and job experience (Business Analyst, Junior Associate etc.). </p> <p>Thanks and regards</p>
Hey there, With a Master's degree and less than 3 years of full-time work experience, you would start at the entry-level in McKinsey (designated as BA, Fellow, etc. depending on the office and geography). Cheers, ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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Pre-Joining Preparation for McKinsey

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Neueste Antwort am 2. Jul 2021
<p>Hi,</p> <p>Thanks to preplounge based preperation &amp; guidance, recently I was extended an offer to join McKinsey &amp; Company as a fellow (Business Analyst). I join the McKinsey in November 2021.</p> <p>From what I understand, the McKinsey 'up or out' culture demands high performance and I am extremely excited to begin my work at the firm. Given I have roughly four months before joining, I'd like guidance on what things one should prepare prior to joining.</p> <p>These could include:</p> <p>1. Proficency on tools such as MS Excel and Powerpoint - If you could elaborate on the depth of expertise expected and any resources where it can be acquired.</p> <p>2. Problem solving ability &amp; understanding - I come from a non-target school with no real consulting infrastructure so any guidance with this would be very benefitial.</p> <p>3. Any other area which you believe to be critical to success at the firm and is useful to learn or begin the process of learning before joining.</p> <p>Thank you for your consideration of this question.</p>
Hi there, MOST IMPORTANTLY: Know that no-one can perfectly prepare for the job and that's the point: You will mess up, you will learn, you will be trained and supported. That's OK! ------------------------------ ... (ganze Antwort lesen)
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