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I think firms value more the FIT and engagement more than the actual case performance

BCG McKinsey
New answer on May 31, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Nov 25, 2019

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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Antonello
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replied on Nov 25, 2019
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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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Robert
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replied 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

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Francesco
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replied on Dec 01, 2019
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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.

Best,

Francesco

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Deniz
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replied on Nov 29, 2019
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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?

Best,

Deniz

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Vlad
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updated an answer on Nov 25, 2019
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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

Best

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Anonymous A on Nov 25, 2019

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 updated the answer on May 31, 2020

Dear A,

I would say that first, my congratulations to your offer in McKinsey. Wish you best of luck and smooth career path. If you need any tips and insights, feel free to reach out.

Regarding your question, I think that both personal fit and case performance are equally important, and you have to practice both. I can't say that one is more important than the other one, because everything could be a key criterion.

And definitely you have a luck of being selected to get an offer

Best,
André

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Clara
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replied on May 27, 2020
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