How to make the interview feel like teamwork?

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Anonymous A asked on Sep 08, 2019

Hello all!

A lot of people have told me that in interviewing for MBB I should try to make the interview feel like teamwork - as in treat the interviewer as if they are a player on the same team as you? I especially hear this from McKinsey. How can one actually do that?

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Giulia
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replied on Sep 08, 2019
McKinsey Business Analyst | 3+ years Experience | MBA at LBS

Hi,

It is just a way of saying, you won't actually doing a team-work :) The roles will remain distinguished, but you can do a few things to make the interviewer feel part of your reasoning (that's what they intend as "team-work"):

- Speak out loud when you are reasoning so that the interviewer understands your structure and can help in case he feels you are missing something important

- Write down your calculations and structures, so that the interviewer feels part of the reasoning process

- Tell him/her if you are stuck/need time to think

- Back-up all the hypothesis and numbers and explain all the calculations you are doing (e.g., answering: "it's 52" is bad, "I'm multiplying the number of apples per box that is 26 and the number of boxes that is 2, so that the total number of apples result 52" is right)

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