AT Kearney London - Final Round format

A.T. Kearney ATKearney Decision Round Final Round Partner Interview Third interview
New answer on Oct 31, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Nov 15, 2018

Hi all, I have a final round with ATK coming up, which is a 1 hour partner interview which "incorporates a mix of behavioural fit questions as well as a spoken case study". The previous rounds were regular fit/case interviews and a written presentation case.

There is next to no information about this online - any tips/thoughts? Have you been through it? Help is appreciated!

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Anonymous replied on Jul 14, 2020

Dear A,

it's very similar to the first round, although partners will pay more attention to cases and your personal fit to the company.

Wish you best of luck,

André

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Guennael
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replied on Nov 16, 2018
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Agree with Vlad. Format may just be a little more flexible because partners own the company so can do what they want... and they are just darn good at reading people.

Same set of skills apply though. Do a couple of mock cases to stay sharp, and review the fit questions as you would for any final round. Good luck

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Clara
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replied on Oct 31, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

Congrats for moving to final round!

As it has been outlined, its very similar, but :

  • Cases you can expect are more "free riding" - less organized than the ones your found in the 1st round or most prep pages
  • Stronger emphasis in the FIT part, as outlined before by other coaches.

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Henning
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replied on Oct 27, 2020
Bain | passed >15 MBB interviews as a candidate

There is not much difference between first and final round. At least in theory. In practice, the more senior interviewers in the later rounds are a bit more lax, but you should approach the interviews in exactly the same way.

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Gaurav
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replied on Oct 27, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi,

I have broad experience in preparing candidates specifically to the final round, so I want to say the following:

. Final round is about 'depth' and not about 'breadth'. Initial round interviews are broad. Several fit questions, cases with multiple analysis etc. Because the intention is to test the candiate on as many aspects as the interviewer can. Final round is different. It is about testing the depth. Partners typically ask very few quetions but probe every answer to a great depth.

• Candidate needs thorough preparation to tackle 'why-how-translatability' probing questions by partners. Candidates need to be ready to justify their answer in a consulting compliant way.

• Final round is 'unpredictbale'. Final round interviewers, Partners, are known to throw curve balls. There have been interviews where Partners have just taken fit questions and business discussion, on the other hand there have been interviews where Partners have given detailed cases to the candidates. You never know what Partners can pull out of their hat.

Candidates need to be extra prepared. Especially, for question formats that they have not encountered in earlier rounds viz. Partner converting project from candidate's CV into a case, partner starting discusion on recent business event, advice seeking on business issue that the Partner says he is facing. Through all these variety of discussions, Partners try and test the candidature thoroughly.

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If you need any further help, feel free to reach out.

GB

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Vlad
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replied on Nov 15, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

It's the same as the previous round, just with a partner.

Best

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Alan on Nov 15, 2018
It's the same as the written case?

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Vlad on Nov 16, 2018
It's the same as the case interview round