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Are all McKinsey interviews interviewers-led?

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Anonymous A asked on Jul 29, 2018

Hi guys, a simple question, are all McKinsey interviews interviewer led or just the first round?

I assume the final round would be candidate led?

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Hi,

Not necessarily. Partners and Directors have their own favorite cases and may even want you to lead the case. The key difference:

  1. You ask clarifying questions in the beginning and make a structure
  2. You lead the case through the structure you've prepared a) asking questions and trying to identify the root-cause of the problem in the branch of your structure b) making a transition to the next branch c) proactively calculating the data and making data-driven conclusion from the data they give you d) Making a conclusion when they ask you to finish a case

It may seem to you that these 2 types of cases are different, however, the interviewer-led type is just a simplified version of the interviewee-led case. My advice is to always prepare in the interviewee-led format so that you could solve both easily.

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