Imbellus test for experienced professionals

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New answer on Nov 20, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 17, 2020

Hey guys,

I have just received an invitation to do the Imbellus test with McKinsey. I did some research and found out only fresh graduates/ or non-experienced candidates have to do the test.

I applied for an experienced position because I have already had an MBA with 5-year experience in the industry.

Should I talk to the recruiter/ and ask them to consider whether or not I need to do the test. I am worried that I may leave a wrong impression on the recruiter.

Could you guys give me some advice?

Thank you very much!

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Antonello
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replied on Jun 17, 2020
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Hi,
never worry about HR, they are there to help. Worst case scenario they tell you to do the test.

There are no general rules about the test, sometimes even more experienced candidates have to do it. It does not have a specific score to pass it, but it is only one part of your cv assessment. In your request to the HR you can ask to leverage your gmat score, while gently mentioning that all the senior candidates you know have skipped the test

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Antonello

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Anton
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replied on Jun 18, 2020
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Hi,

You can of course carefully check with HR.

A few words about the test:

Whilst you don't have to be a gamer to perform well, the game will certainly test your problem solving ability and your ability to navigate in challenging circumstances.

Which skills are tested?

The game records all of the candidate’s actions (e.g., every movement of the mouse, time spent to choose an action) and uses machine learning to assess candidates’ way of thinking. It’s as much about how close candidates come to the best solution as about how they tackle the problem through. During the game McK assesses 5 cognitive abilities that are critical for a career in consulting:

  • Critical thinking: the ability analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment
  • Decision making: the ability to select the best course of action among several options
  • Self-awareness: the ability to self-assess
  • Situational awareness: the ability to be fully aware of your surroundings at all times, allowing you to react effectively
  • Systematic thinking: the ability to understand different parts of a system and how they work together through cause/ effect relationships

How to cultivate these skills?

Let’s break down each skillset and find ways to improve.

Critical thinking could be broken down into the following subskills:

  • Think about a topic in an objective and critical way
  • Identify the connections between ideas and working out whether the evidence provided supports those ideas or not
  • Evaluate a point of view to determine how strong or valid it is
  • Recognize any weaknesses that there are in the evidence or argument
  • Notice what implications there might be behind a statement
  • Provide structured reasoning and support for an argument that we wish to make

In order to improve your critical thinking I would suggest using mind mapping technique. It exploits the fact that our brains process information visually much more effectively than they do when it’s presented in a written document.

The idea behind mind mapping is that you start with a central theme or idea, typically drawn in a box in the middle of the page, and then from that you create branches, which lead to other ideas, or to supporting evidence or ancillary information.

Decision making could be broken down into the following subskills:

  • Establishing a positive decision-making environment
  • Generating potential solutions
  • Evaluating the solutions
  • Deciding
  • Checking the decision

In order to improve your decision making skills I would suggest that you start applying it to your everyday life situations and start developing small decision making frameworks for each situation (e.g. going to the shop)

Self-awareness could be broken down into the following subskills:

  • Monitor Your Performance
  • Seek Out Feedback and Then Use It

The best way to improve your self-awareness is to reduce your EGO barrier and blind spots. You can read Ray Dalio Principles for more details.

Situational awareness could be broken down into the following subskills:

  • Identifying the baseline for the situation you are in
  • Recognizing any variations to the baseline

In order to improve your situational awareness I suggest that you take typical life situation and:

  • Monitor the Baseline. At first, this will require concentration effort. But after a while, you will find that you can monitor the baseline subconsciously
  • Fight Normalcy Bias. This requires you to be paranoid for a while as you develop your skill. Look at every disturbance to the baseline - this will allow you to stop ignoring or discounting any factors

Systematic thinking could be broken down into the following subskills:

  • Identifying all the elements in the system
  • Understanding the correlations between the elements

This skill could be largely improved by solving business cases.

ALSO I suggest that you should start investing your time into playing different computer/mobile game, where you can practice applying these skills.

Hope it helps!

Anton

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Francesco
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Hi there,

you can definitely clarify with HR if you have to do the game – you may want to call rather than write them to explain better the situation. I would be surprised if they had made a mistake sending the test, but you never know.

Best,

Francesco

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Luca
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Hello,

If they sent you the test, it's really likely that you have to do it. If you don't have done it before, I would suggest to clarify with HR your expectations, but with an MBA and 5 years of experience, it will be at least an Associate Position offer.

Regarding the Imbellus, I have an interesting paper on its valuation metrics that I would suggest to read. More over, I have had the chance to follow several candidates taking this test and I have written (together with them) a detailed guide on how to successfully approach Imbellus test.

Feel free to text me if you are interested.
Best,
Luca

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Ian
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replied on Jun 17, 2020
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Hi there,

Yes, I would check with them, but I would do so very carefully.

Make sure you word it as a question i.e. "I just wanted to double-check that this is indeed required given it is normally for lower level" AND saying you're completely happy to take the test, but just wanted to make sure it wasn't a mistake.

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Robert
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Hi Anomyous,

I don't see any issue at all in discussing this with your HR contact. In any case it's good to double check if you were (correctly) considered for the experienced hire track and ensure that the interview process was set up correctly for you (to waste neither the firm's nor your time).

As usual I recommend reaching out to HR via phone to have a kind of conversation around that - but since HR is not involved in the recruiting decision finally, it doesn't even matter which impression HR might have (apart from the fact that it's a very legitimate question you have anyway!).

Hope this helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Clara
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Hello!

Honestly, I would have agreed with you a priori, since this is usually for entry level.

However, if they sent it, maybe is a new filter due to the current circumpstances.

In any case, worth verifying with HR, they are there to help.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Gaurav
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There is no single rule about the test for experience hires. But it's absolutely normal to clarify this question with HR

Wish you best of luck,

GB

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