expert
Expert with best answer

Vlad

98% Recommendation Rate

350 Meetings

4,965 Q&A Upvotes

USD 319 / Coaching

Corelation of Interviewer's background with the industry of the phone round case

Anonymous A asked on Apr 07, 2018 - 4 answers

Hi Experts,

Is there a corelation between the industry experience of interviewer with the type of case he/she would give in McK phone round ? I mostly experienced cases from the interviewer's specific industry. was it a coincidence or that's how it happens ?

4 answers

  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Best Answer
Vlad replied on Apr 07, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School
Book a coaching with Vlad

98% Recommendation Rate

350 Meetings

4,965 Q&A Upvotes

USD 319 / Coaching

Hi,

First of all - not all the phone rounds are with consultants and have a case. It may be just a phone screening with HR. So make sure you prepared your Fit Stories.

Then:

  • Earlier rounds - low correlation, cases mainly from the company casebook
  • Later rounds - high correlation since partners have their own cases. Although be careful since partners may have expertise in multiple industries

Best!

Francesco replied on Apr 07, 2018
#1 Expert for Coaching Sessions (2.400+) | 1.100+ Reviews with 100% Recommendation Rate | Ex BCG | 6 Years Coaching Experience
Book a coaching with Francesco

100% Recommendation Rate

2,403 Meetings

2,571 Q&A Upvotes

USD 319 / Coaching

Hi Anonymous,

based on my experience:

  • Low correlation in first rounds – also due to the fact that specialization for Engagement managers is not as strong as for Partners
  • High correlation in final rounds – at this stage you may not even get a complete “formal” case but just be asked about your thoughts on a specific element of the partner’s industry or on one of the most recent cases of the partner

Best,

Francesco

Andrea
Expert
replied on Apr 07, 2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years
Book a coaching with Andrea

100% Recommendation Rate

103 Meetings

752 Q&A Upvotes

USD 269 / Coaching

Agreed with very low correlation for screening/first round and higher for final rounds.

Anonymous replied on Apr 07, 2018

Hey,

Yes, there seems to be a correlation (but not perfect! now so many people who use cases from industries they never worked in!). Besides, from my experience this correlation tens to be even higher at partner/2nd round level.

There's two main reasons to support this: first, the interviewers will be more at ease with the industry and can cope with any direction candidates may lead the case to; second, some of the cases are personally-drafted based on their own past projects.

Best

Bruno

Related BootCamp article(s)

Interviewer-Led vs Candidate-Led cases

Case Interviews can be led by the candidate or by the interviewer: In Candidate-led cases the main challenge is the structure. In Interviewer-led cases the main challenge is to adapt quickly

Related case(s)

McKinsey Questions

Solved 31.6k times
4.5 5 830
| Rating: (4.5 / 5.0) |
Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

Tell me of a situation where you had an opinion and no one seemed to agree with you. What was your goal when you decided to join university / work / clubs / a sports team? Did you have a goal that you were not able to reach? What did you do? What do you want to be remembered for and how are you a ... Open whole case