Entrepreneurial Drive

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Anonymous A asked on Dec 27, 2019

Hey,

in advance to my McKinsey Interview I had a call with a recruiter and she told me that I should prepare stories where I showed "entrepreneurial drive", "personal impact" and "leadership".

I am not sure what stories I should come up with for entrepreneurial drive. The best example I can come up with is that I have initiated and organized an event series. However, this is not on my CV as it was not career related at all. It was a series of events where there was first a philosophical debate and then a party after.

Would this be a suitable story nevertheless, or is it a bad example to tell about the parties I organized? Other than than I can only tell a few stories about some university projects I did.

Regards,

Helene

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Clara
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replied on Dec 28, 2019
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Hello!

Indeed, "entrepreneurial drive" is one of the classics in McK interviews.

However, bear in mind that they are not going to ask something like "tell me an example of entrepreneurial drive", but rather questions such as "tell me a time when you did something impactful outside your area of responsability", "tell me a story where you excelled in something that was outside of what you needed to do", etc.

This said, the events you mention can be good, but depends a bit on how difficult it was/the impact it had/ your personal contribution/etc.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Luca
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Hello Helene,

Organization of events can definetely be a good proof of your entrepreneurial drive.
Did you have a budget for these events? Did you have to look for funds? Did you manage a team of people?
All of these are aspects that are in common with an entrepreneurial experience and that you can leverage on.

Feel free to contact me to describe your experiences and see how you can craft an impactful story around them.

Best,
Luca

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Antonello
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replied on Dec 27, 2019
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Hi Helene,
I confirm the entrepreneurial drive is one of the 3 major aspects interviewers are going to look for. The organization of an event series - if you are not an experienced hire - is a good story to tell for this dimension, since you have handled different stakeholders, sponsors, and money. It will be important to summarize this story in order to highlight the main challenges and achievements.

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Antonello

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