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Anonymous A asked on Sep 09, 2018

Hello all,

I am having inteviews to switch from T2 consulting firm to MBB. I am struggling to find a storyline for McKinsey's cover letter. Any strong arguments to provide to justify switching from non MBB to MBB? As well as McKinsey specifically as an experience hired?
Thanks a lot!


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replied on Sep 10, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


It should be your personal research since the reasons may vary in different geographies. Here are some ideas of what you can use to structure your thoughts:

  • You can start with general facts about the local office. Something like “Sidney office is the fastest growing McKinsey office worldwide.”
  • If you have an interest in a particular industry or client this may also be a great reason. For example, McK can be the only consulting firm working with airlines in your region.
  • You may address the different Global opportunities and office initiatives. E.g. international staffing can be a good opportunity to learn about business in a particular country
  • Try to combine professional and Non-business rational. If you have friends working in that company, don’t forget to mention them and what you’ve learned from their experience.
  • You may use your other personal experiences like working with this McKinsey, it's deliverables or as it's client
  • You can provide your personal experience of working with McKinsey Alums

Good luck!

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replied on Sep 10, 2018
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Switching from T2 to MBB makes sense, no-one is going to question this. You still have to explain why now, why you think you can bring something to the table, and why McK specifically - just like you would in any cover letter. Perhaps you have a specific expertise already, honed in industry prior to consulting? In my experience, McK is often the most interested in leveraging these expertise sets directly. Ymmv; good luck

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