I've received an offer from McKinsey and Bain.
I'm just curious on some experts' opinion:
- I know a lot of people who got kicked out before screening or in the first round for McKinsey, whereas receiving invites or even offers from Bain/BCG.
Since then I've witnessed a lot of talk that McKinsey looks for special type of qualities/people and thus even people who do case well get weeded out relatively quickly independent of whether they think they do cases very well or not.
Can you elaborate on that?
From my experience the McKinsey cases were much simpler, particularly in the quantitative part. I found Bain by far the toughest.
Yet I know super strong casers who fell out at McKs first round and even though I wasn't there, I can't think how these people performed worse than I on the case (feedback was that e.g. brainstorming was not deep enough).
So is it true that McK has different criteria than say Bain?