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How to prepare for Digital McKinsey?

Marvin asked on Jul 22, 2018 - 2 answers
Looking for solid partners. Currently preparing for McK, BCG, Bain, Strategy& and ATK interviews

Are there any differences between Digital Mckinsey and McKinsey in terms of preparing for it?

Are there specific case types or PEI questions which have a higher propability of showing up?

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McKinsey Digital interviews are not that much different from McKinsey Generalist interviews. Specifically, McKinsey digital is working on IT strategy, Agile transformations, etc. It also depends on the country where you apply - while in US you can expect a lot of Digital projects, in other countries most of your projects will be in various industries and functions.

All of the above has the following implications for the interview process:

  • You should prepare similarly to the regular McKinsey interviews (i.e. cases and fit parts)
  • Additionally, you should be ready to solve specific cases related to IT (e.g. agile transformation cases. The case process itself will be very similar to the regular Mck interview)
  • You should be ready to talk about the relevant IT topics (Hint: I recommend reading the articles on the McKinsey / BCG websites. Search for "agile", "Digital", etc)
  • 1-3 of the partners on your interviews will be from McKinsey Digital. You can collect some information about interviewing with them in advance and prepare the interesting questions.

I have not seen any digital cases online. But here is a list of potential topics you need to know. It is a full list and looks scary but they test a lot of these concepts depending on the particular role:

  • Cloud (cloud vs own servers pro and cons, uptime % SLAs, load balancing, etc)
  • Security (encryption basics, password change policy, cloud security and encryption on your computer)
  • Agile and development (Agile principles)
  • M&A and IT (Will it be one system or two systems? Is it "Adopt and go" approach or we take the best of both systems and create a new one? Integrate now, innovate later? Or Innovate now, when you have time?)
  • IT strategy and Digital transformation (Similar to M&A)
  • IoT (Mainly the use of IoT in operations - Process steps completion, measuring temperature, maintenance measurements, other measurements, predictive algorithms, etc)


Anonymous A replied on Jul 23, 2018

Hi Marvin,

The Digital McKinsey process for a BA or Associate is 99% the same as for a generalist position.

  1. You will sit the same PST
  2. You will be interviewed by all people from Digital McKinsey (most likely)
  3. The cases will 99% be just general business cases like the ones here on prep lounge. I only had 1 case which was Digital/IT related which was the final interview of in the final round. IF i did not have a deep knowledge of IT etc, i would have failed this for sure as it was asking to consider quite technic
  4. PEI will be the exact same.
  5. Question time and general chit chat will be more likely to be around IT topics. For example, your partner has probably built a career around digital transformations, analytics, IT strategy, IT enablement etc and therefore this is what they will talk to you about. You should be able to hold a conversation around these areas.

Best of luck,


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