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Someone asked on Feb 02, 2019 - 4 answers

Hi,

Is it OK to say during FIT interview that I spent that last 4 months preparing these MBB interviews (after finishing university)? Or it's better to say something else like travelling?

Best,

A.

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Francesco replied on Feb 02, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

I don’t see an advantage in mentioning the months of preparation to the interviewers – they will understand your real preparation anyway during the interview, and such a statement may appear to some as presumptuous. In case they ask what you did after graduation, mentioning experiences showing skills relevant in consulting, such as drive, leadership or teamwork, would be more effective.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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replied on Feb 02, 2019
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Saying you spent 4 month preparating for the interviews is probably the worst thing you can do. In the eyes of the interviewers, ideal candidate does not prepare at all, or very little.

It is much better to say you were traveling or studying anything (renewable energy, precise agriculture, banking) or helping startups, freelancing on some projects etc.

Bear in mind that MBB interviewers are flooded by candidates whose only target is consulting and have no special focus. They however much more like candidates who shows a passion for some industry.

Vlad replied on Feb 02, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

I would rather say something neutral, in order not to create any kind of bias:

  • If you perform poorly with the case - they might think that you've spent 4 months and still no progress
  • If you perform too well - some people might think you are over prepared.

Best

Sidi replied on Feb 05, 2019
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 60+ candidates secure MBB offers

Don't say it. It has absolutely no advantage, and might come across weird for a few people.

Cheers, Sidi

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