Describe a delicate situation in which your personal sensitivity made a difference.

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Anonymous A asked on Oct 12, 2019

How would you answer this question in your Personal Fit interview? Receive feedback on your answer and browse through the Q&As to review the approaches of other applicants and experts.

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Daniel
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updated an answer on Nov 04, 2019
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

Your McKinsey interviewer really wants to hear an answer to this question. It will not be asked directly, but she will guide you there with the questions like “and what do you think he felt?”, and “how did you react?”, etc.

Essentially, for a consultant it’s important to be able to convince people not only with a sheer force of the numbers and logic, but also with a bit of a “human touch”, meaning understanding people and not being a boring machine :)

So, once you think about the stories you are telling during the interviews, try to highlight some interpersonal details (like “he had a rough time with his family at home, so I offered to take over his work for the next two days”, or “she really liked French instrumental music, so I organised this team event at the concert hall”, etc.). Try to highlight how you pay attention to what people like, what upsets them, how they tick in general – and how you use this knowledge to steer people into the right direction and to achieve the results you want (it sounds a bit psychopathic, but it’s a reality of consulting business hahaha). The interviewer will give you a good amount of bonus points if you will be able to showcase your human side during the interview :)

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Anonymous B replied on Apr 13, 2020

field work during my masters

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Anonymous D replied on Oct 05, 2020

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Anonymous C replied on Jul 16, 2020

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Clara
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replied on Jul 06, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

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Anonymous updated the answer on Apr 28, 2020

Hi A,

this is one of the uncommon question which you might face at the 2nd or final round of your interview. I would strongly recommend you to use a common approach that consists of 5 parts:

1. Situation

2. Problem

3. Solution

4. Results

5. Your learnings.

Using this universal approach/ framework will help you to structure every uncommon, even somtimes difficult questions in a very good manner

be authentic and good luck,

André

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