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Hey, I recently got an offer from McKinsey. I did a very good job in the two first-round interviews but a rather terrible job in the three final-round interviews and still got the offer although I was sure that I would be rejected.

I think that the key issue here was that I had three amazing FIT cases and also very good engagement with the three interviewers at the end of the case. With a partner we spent about an hour at the end talking about really interesting stuff about McKinsey, the economy, etc.

So the takeaway here for candidates would be: Practice and be proficient in cases, but focus a lot on being likable and engaging with the interviewers.

Thought was useful to share my experience in the recruitment process. Do you think this may be the truth? Or that I was lucky and other candidates were just even worse than me in the cases?

Hey, I recently got an offer from McKinsey. I did a very good job in the two first-round interviews but a rather terrible job in the three final-round interviews and still got the offer although I was sure that I would be rejected.

I think that the key issue here was that I had three amazing FIT cases and also very good engagement with the three interviewers at the end of the case. With a partner we spent about an hour at the end talking about really interesting stuff about McKinsey, the economy, etc.

So the takeaway here for candidates would be: Practice and be proficient in cases, but focus a lot on being likable and engaging with the interviewers.

Thought was useful to share my experience in the recruitment process. Do you think this may be the truth? Or that I was lucky and other candidates were just even worse than me in the cases?

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Hi,
I am totally with you: during the preparation, it is crucial to focus on case interview but also on the fit part, which will influence even the rest of the interview (i.e. the case).

Congrats for getting the offer :)

All the best,
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Hi,
I am totally with you: during the preparation, it is crucial to focus on case interview but also on the fit part, which will influence even the rest of the interview (i.e. the case).

Congrats for getting the offer :)

All the best,
Antonello

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Hi,

Congrats, you have really good sales skills and you are good at connecting with people. However, I would not make a strong statement that fit is more valuable. Unfortunately, there will always be only 1-3% who are really good at sales. The rest of the people should practice both case and fir equally to increase their chances

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Hi,

Congrats, you have really good sales skills and you are good at connecting with people. However, I would not make a strong statement that fit is more valuable. Unfortunately, there will always be only 1-3% who are really good at sales. The rest of the people should practice both case and fir equally to increase their chances

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Yeah, that may be so. I failed to add in my question that my backround is as a sales manager for a medium size craft brewery — Anonymous A on Nov 25, 2019

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Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for sharing your experience. I fully agree that the personal fit part (for McKinsey the "Personal Experience Interview", or short PEI) is a vital component for receiving an offer. However, a couple of additional points:

  • For first round interviews, you need to deliver on both case + personal fit. Lacking case interview/analytical/problem-solving skills is a show-stopper.
  • For final round interviews, your interviewers are usually focusing most on those areas in which you could not fully convince your interviewers in the first round interviews - seems to be it was more on the PEI (personal fit) part. However, you might have been a bit more lucky than other candidates that your specific profile was interesting enough to disregard case performance from final round interviews.
  • From perspective of running a consulting firm: if projects are to be staffed and new recruits are missing, the bar for recruiting gets a bit lower. Finally, a big portion of the profit is made with more junior consultants, who are leveraged by an engagement manager and partner/director - so if more junior ranks are missing, they tend to get filled up rather quickly.

Hope that gives you some additional inputs and food for thougt!

Robert

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for sharing your experience. I fully agree that the personal fit part (for McKinsey the "Personal Experience Interview", or short PEI) is a vital component for receiving an offer. However, a couple of additional points:

  • For first round interviews, you need to deliver on both case + personal fit. Lacking case interview/analytical/problem-solving skills is a show-stopper.
  • For final round interviews, your interviewers are usually focusing most on those areas in which you could not fully convince your interviewers in the first round interviews - seems to be it was more on the PEI (personal fit) part. However, you might have been a bit more lucky than other candidates that your specific profile was interesting enough to disregard case performance from final round interviews.
  • From perspective of running a consulting firm: if projects are to be staffed and new recruits are missing, the bar for recruiting gets a bit lower. Finally, a big portion of the profit is made with more junior consultants, who are leveraged by an engagement manager and partner/director - so if more junior ranks are missing, they tend to get filled up rather quickly.

Hope that gives you some additional inputs and food for thougt!

Robert

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Hi,

First of all, congratulations! I would not make a strong statement that fit is more important and that it would override your performance in the cases. Both are as important, maybe you performed better than you anticipated?

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Deniz

Hi,

First of all, congratulations! I would not make a strong statement that fit is more important and that it would override your performance in the cases. Both are as important, maybe you performed better than you anticipated?

Best,

Deniz

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Hi Anonymous,

congratulations on your offer. The fit part (including as well your general communication) is as important as the case, thus definitely something to consider in the preparation. Having said that, your case performance was probably better than you perceived, as I don’t think there is a way to get a McKinsey offer without nailing the cases, independently by the performance of the other candidates.

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Francesco

Hi Anonymous,

congratulations on your offer. The fit part (including as well your general communication) is as important as the case, thus definitely something to consider in the preparation. Having said that, your case performance was probably better than you perceived, as I don’t think there is a way to get a McKinsey offer without nailing the cases, independently by the performance of the other candidates.

Best,

Francesco

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