I am a masters student in Engineering at a top 15 school in the US. I have a GPA of about 3.7 and a year of work experience in a front end consulting role at EY. A McKinsey AP has told me he will pass my resume and ensure that I am on the recruiting teams radar. I want to know how referrals work in McKinsey and whether this means my chances of getting an interview are good?

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Anonymous A asked on Aug 05, 2018

I'm not aware about how referrals work in McKinsey. If this is a positive sign, i can start early preparations.


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replied on Aug 05, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


There are certain criteria for the referral:

  1. The consultant makes you a reference in the system and uploads your resume. Usually, he has to indicate why he thinks you are a good candidate
  2. You skip some steps in the recruiting process (CV screening at McK, Test at Bain)
  3. The consultant gets a referral bonus ($) if you get a job offer

So in your case, you will pass the resume screening and they will invite you to write a PST.


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Chaitanya on Aug 06, 2018

Hi Vlad, I asked the question and there is probably a mistakes in the way I framed it. When the AP says he will pass on my resume, does that mean it is a referral?


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replied on Dec 29, 2021
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


Best would be to post your CV sanitized so you can get some feedback here from the community and maximize your chances!

I have seen multiple questions lately in the Q&A regarding doing masters, which one to choose, MBA vs. MiM, which schools to choose (both in US and Europe).

I joined McK after finishing my master in Architecture (totally not related field of study, and still), and I am doing an MBA in MIT atm. Happy to talk about this, and also happy to guide you with MBA applications, something that I have been doing lately. 

Furthermore, I have been a professor in the Master in Management from Instituto de Empresa, in Madrid (MiM in IE Business School). 

Feel free to PM! Cheers, 


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Tia Morley updated an answer on Nov 14, 2018

I would advise checking your resume again. The summary is the key to success. I use the help of this service [url=https://craftresumes.com/engineering-resume-writing-service/]https://craftresumes.com/engineering-resume-writing-service/[/url] , he will quickly make a resume for you. And then the robot will be your exact.


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