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How to make the interview feel like teamwork?

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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?

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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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)

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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