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Final round interview questions to ask

Anonymous A asked on Nov 21, 2019 - 6 answers

What type of questions should you be asking at the final round? especially after asking multiple questions in the previous rounds?

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replied on Nov 22, 2019
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In addition to the insights provided by other experts here, I can also tell you that you can ask a question regarding the staffing model in the office (it's quite office-specific, thus it may not be possible to understand online). Staffing model would include the following:

  • What are the typical industries and functional topics covered
  • Whether you will have a say in being staffed in projects of your preference
  • Whether the clients are typically in the same city, different city or country



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Hi Anonymous

Please keep in mind the following points before drafting the questions you may ask your interviewer, and always remember you need to end the discussion on a positive note.

1. Professional Context : Identify questions which have a direct influence on your learning and growth with the firm. Eg. For an experienced candidate a good question can be - Based on your experience with the firm what opportunities do you see for me in terms learning and growth ? Interviewer's response to this question also helps giving you a decent view of how he/she has gauged your experience or candidature.

If you happen to know about the interviewer beforehand through google search, linkedin and you see a common interest area in professional terms then a question around that can also be a smart choice.

2. Personal Context : There is no harm in being frank about your personal considerations becuase in the end your employement has to be of value for both the firm and you. However, you need to construct the question in a subtle and appropriate manner that exhibits that you are open and appreciative of ideas and do not exhibit rigidity.

Identify areas you think are of personal interest/importance to you (in real terms) location, travel, personal interest like community collaboration, etc.

Many a times candidates who have performed well during the disucssion are keen to know by when they can hear from the firm and are open about other options as well and how interested they are to work with the firm and why.

Hope this help. All the best.

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In most of the cases, you'll have no chance to research in profile. From what I've seen only Bain shares interviewers' names.

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)
  • Questions on the topics you are excited about (e.g. data science)
  • Non-business questions (e.g. team retreats)

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 (Like are you specialized in strategy or operations?)

Be prepared and good luck!

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Hi Anonymous,

a question that always works (and you can use it with every interviewer):

"Why did you decide to work for this firm and not for a competitor?"

Most people like to get asked for their personal opinion and it gives you a better idea whether this could be the right firm for you.

Hope this helps.

Best, Dorothea

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I would not worry about repeating the same question: if interviewers have the chance to talk each other about you they will not touch for sure your final question.

Questions about interviewer experience are always great, showing your curiosity in her motivation and expertise. If you have the chance to know before the name of the interviewer (you can ask it to HR the day before or discovering it in the waiting room), look at her LinkedIn profile to develope some tailored questions (e.g. about the MBA, the industry or practice specialization, etc.)

I also recommend you not to make questions about the firm that you can easily find online or through friends/other candidates (e.g. clients of the office, projects, typical workday, international opportunities, client exposure, your role, numbers of the office, ...).


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Hi Anonymous,

The main idea is making the most of the very limited face time available with your interviewers. As a consequence, questions probing personal insights from your interviewers make sense to learn more about the firm ... and that might even lead to some interesting insights. Some questions I am thinking of are e.g.

  • Where exactly do you see the competitive advantage of McKinsey vs. their competitors?
  • Which three things turned out to be different after joining McKinsey than what you expected in advance?
  • ...

Hope that helps to think into the right direction!


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