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October 2021: Please schedule your sessions early if possible since I am usually booked one week in advance and have limited short-term availability.
I WILL GET YOU THAT MCKINSEY JOB!
5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK ME AS A COACH
- I became the #1 McKinsey coach (based on recommendation rate) within the first month of starting on PrepLounge and have kept that spot ever since. Other successful coaches on this platform have bought my McKinsey-specific products to guide their own efforts and I conduct between 50 and 60 McKinsey interviews per month for all countries and roles, from internship to full-time positions. You won't find a more updated and focused perspective on McKinsey. That is also why I have been selected to provide my insights about the McKinsey case interview (https://www.preplounge.com/en/mckinsey-interview) and the PEI (https://www.preplounge.com/en/mckinsey-pei) by PrepLounge.
- With 5 years at McKinsey, I know the recruiting process inside and out. I can help you ace the case interview and the PEI exactly like McKinsey wants you to succeed. My coachees continuously receive feedback from interviewers that they seem to be much better prepared than other candidates.
- Interviewing and coaching 100s of candidates, I have developed a system to tackle every McKinsey case and question type successfully, regardless of the context, industry, or functional expertise. You will learn how to think and communicate like a McKinsey consultant and not rely on pre-learned frameworks that would only hurt your performance in the real case. Candidates I mentor for 5 sessions have 5x the average success rate for McKinsey. See the link above for real success and offer rates.
- Our sessions do not have a time limit and I won't ‘sell’ you additional sessions. My cases are 2x as long as the typical McKinsey case interview, which will give you more opportunity to practice and me more observation points for feedback. Basically, each session you book with me is the equivalent of two sessions. I will take as long as you need to get through the case, your questions, and provide detailed feedback. Also, you will get an in-depth feedback sheet after our sessions. In between sessions, I will provide mentorship and am available for questions of all kinds, usually responding within 1 hour during the day. I am doing this full-time since I left the firm and I am invested in your success! For more information, check out my Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/florian-smeritschnig-b5b9661a/ or check out my podcast episode with @theconsultingguy on MBB applications: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ8V6A1U-RM&. Additionally, I regularly advise candidates to cancel remaining sessions if their performance is already at the required level and I feel that an additional session would not be needed. I am interested in your success and not your money.
- My approach is 100% tailored to your needs. We can structure the sessions as you like according to your preferences and needs. I have a large library of proprietary, real McKinsey cases across industries and functions, both typical business cases as well as more creative cases that are increasingly employed during the interviews, covering up-to-date topics such as COVID, sustainability, etc., all with the real associated evaluation metrics. Also, I am happy to prepare tailored cases to fit your needs.
READ MORE ABOUT MY APPROACH BELOW
I have noticed that the information on the McKinsey application process, the case interviews, the PEI, and the Imbellus that is often circulated is either wrong, outdated, or assumed to be the same as for any other consulting firm. As a consequence, the advice given can be detrimental to your recruiting success with the firm.
After 5 years at McKinsey, I left in January 2020 to move on to the tech world and entrepreneurship. As an experienced interviewer and coach on the whole McKinsey application process, I have helped more than 3,000 people alone in the last year with personal coaching and information products on McKinsey applications (before I joined PrepLounge as a coach).
How can I help you best?
I treat each case individually and offer you tailored coaching based on your background, current status in the application process, timeline, and personal goals.
Generally, my coaching is comprised of three steps:
1. OWN THE APPLICATION
I can help you pass the screening stage and get the invitation for the interviews by working on your cover letter and resume. As a former resume and cover letter screener, I know exactly what McKinsey is looking for in the application documents. In addition, I know how to make referrals work and how to network your way to an interview both from a consultant's perspective as well as from my own personal story back in 2014.
2. ROCK THE MCKINSEY SOLVE (IMBELLUS) GAME
Since November 2019, I have interviewed more than 280 candidates who took the new Solve (Imbellus or McKinsey Problem Solving) Game. Based on their experience and input from game design experts I partnered up with, I have devised strategies on how to prepare and how to take the test that will make your life much easier and improve your scores.
3. ACE THE CASE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE INTERVIEW
After 5 years with the firm, I can tell you exactly how to approach both elements of the McKinsey interview process, the Problem-Solving / Case Interview, and the Personal Experience Interview.
McKinsey interviews are highly standardized and structured, always consisting of the same types of questions in order to be objective and reduce bias. You can use this to your advantage and I show you how. Learn from my insights into performance drivers and mistakes that I gained in 100s of interviews.
Case interview: I emulate a real-life interview situation testing all relevant dimensions (analytics, creativity, math, communication,…), using only up-to-date McKinsey case material and evaluation metrics.
Instead of learning generic frameworks, you will learn my system consisting of the most important habits for each stage and question of the case. With my habit toolkit, you will be able to solve any McKinsey case, regardless of industry or function.
Our sessions include detailed feedback on strengths and weaknesses as well as actionable improvement advice depending on your stage in the preparation process (from tackling major improvement levers to fine-tuning your performance). I will also send you structured written feedback after each session to summarize your performance, improvement ideas, and tips to improve each dimension on your own between sessions.
Personal experience interview: I will help you prepare and improve the right stories to align your fit with what McKinsey is looking for to make you stand out. I will demonstrate in our simulated mock interviews what stories about Entrepreneurial Drive, Inclusive Leadership, and Personal Impact are suitable and how to tell them in a way that resonates with McKinsey interviewers.
I will show you how to deliver your messages in both types of interviews with the most impact. Apply these techniques to pass this part of the interview easily.
As one of my coachees phrased it:
In hindsight, I find it hard to imagine a better, more time-efficient, practice. I ended up feeling really confident for the interview and got the offer.
Lastly, our sessions take as long as we need. I am not bound by a 60-minute time window, and usually, they last around 80 to 90 minutes if needed.
Please reach out if you have any questions.
I am looking forward to working with you!