Any tips and advice for McKinsey implementation interviews. I have my phone screening next week.

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New answer on Jan 18, 2021
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Deepa asked on Jan 13, 2021

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replied on Jan 13, 2021
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Having gone through the same, I would firstly realize that it's ~90% overlap with McKinsey Operations and 75% overlap with McKinsey generalists. So although the websites etc, will highlight the differences, the roles are in fact much more similar than they are different, and therefore you should be practicing the same overall skills and interviewing techniquest.

That being said, the focus is slightly different. For implementation, you should be thinking a little more about how you achieving impact through both people and organizational change. Highlighting leadership ability and getting people and organizations to move outside their comfort zone is key. Of course all consultancies value this, but it's weighted slightly hired at MI.

Happy to share more. Just ask. In the meantime, hope this helps!



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Deepa on Jan 13, 2021

Thanks Allen, that helps a lot. Especially in picking out stories for PEI.

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Hi Deepa,

First of all, good luck!

In terms of the call, make sure that you're really clear on why you're interested in the role! Be prepared with a "Resume Walkthrough" (i.e. pitch about yourself), a "Why Consulting/Implementation" and a "Why McKinsey" answer

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Deepa on Jan 14, 2021

Hi Ian, Thank you for the advice that is very helpful. How much time is too much for a resume walk through?

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replied on Jan 18, 2021
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They'll likely ask you the usual suspects: tell me about yourself, why McKinsey, why implementation. Be prepared for these questions and invest time in crafting your stories.

Good luck,


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replied on Jan 14, 2021
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello Deepa!

Best of luck with that!

There is enormous overlap with the genralist track, so most of the content in this platform and Q&A will be most helpful.

This said, this 1st phone screening is, in many times, purely FIT.

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updated an answer on Jan 14, 2021
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi Deepa,

I think Allen has already pointed out the differences you need to pay more attention to. In general, phone screening is aimed to check your personal fit and decide whether they grant you an interview. Look up Preplounge threads on fit interview, PEI, phone screening etc.

Hope it helps and good luck!



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Deepa on Jan 15, 2021

Hi Gaurav, thanks for the tip. I have been reading prep lounge threads.

Allen gave the best answer


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