I believe that those moments are an opportunity to connect with the interviewer and make them remember you in someway. But, I believe there is a lot of commom quetions like " how was your career at this company '' , that are the ones everyone asks.
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Could you give examples of good questions that candidates can ask the interviewer in the initial or final moments of the interview ? And how can the candidate impress and connect with him? Thank you!
The main objective is to have a good conversation and highlight your intellectual capacity and curiosity. Thus:
It is ok to ask:
- Questions that cause positive emotions and highlight consulting pros (e.g. Mck people, making friends, building the network, relationships with clients)
- Questions on the topics you are excited about (e.g. transformation of consulting in the age of data science and AI, questions about specific industries / functions (check McKinsey website for related articles), recent state of the economy in your country and implications on the projects and industries, Firm expansion and growth)
- Non-business questions (e.g. team retreats, firm traditions and celebrations, etc)
- Asking for advice (skills / behaviors / tools that help to develop as a consultant / work with clients, etc)
It's not ok to ask:
- Questions that can cause negative emotions (e.g. work hours)
- Information you should learn before the interview (e.g. typical career path)
- Questions that may show that you are unfamiliar with consulting work (Are you specialized in strategy or operations?)
Be prepared and good luck!
Also, I would assume that depends on the country/culture. So some questions may be ok in Germany, but less ok in the US, or vice versa.
So a bit of context may be helpful.
Also: You have to feel out the person across from you. If they are funny and laid-back, you might want to go with something more lighthearted than with someone who is a lot more formal. Same goes for you - if you feel uncomfortable with lighthearted small talk, try to stay clear. If talking about pro bono work is a good segway to a volunteer project you are passionate about, that's a good place to start.
Recommendation: Listen/read Tim Ferriss' blog posts and podcast episodes on "how to ask better questions".