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Corporate Finance in McKinsey

Dawina asked on Jul 18, 2017 - 1 answer

Hi everyone,

I got an invitation to be interviewed for the McKinsey Corporate Finance role in Greater China. Just wondering if anyone can provide any feedbacks on the following:

- How is the Corporate Finance Consultant role different from a generalist consultant at McKinsey?

- Will the interviews be more quants driven? Are they harder or easier than the regular generalist positions? If so, how?

- Any experiences on interviewing for the Greater China roles will be appreciated!

Thank you!

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Re 1st question - there are the following differences with a generalist:

  1. Additional trainings
  2. Separate staffing - You are part of a global practice so you will have opportunities in other countries. You will have a different staffing coordinator who has to approve all your projects. In general it gives you more opportunities since you can also be staffed on generalist projects in your home office in the downtime
  3. Different project types - you can participate in corpfin and due dilligence. Though to do only DDs you'll have to become a part of PE practice (probably easier from corpfin). Other project types will be less predictable and depend on the region. I knew the guys who being a part of corp fin practice have never done any corp fin projects.
  4. Career opportunities - the path is similar to generalist.

re 2nd question:

  1. Most of the interviews will be the same
  2. You may have 1-2 interviews with additional corpfin questions or corpfin case. I would not expect anything more complicated than DCF valuation or very high-level risk management questions

Good luck!


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