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Anonymous A asked on Oct 14, 2019

Is preparing for McKinsey PEI questions and the case sufficient? Do I need to do any additional preparations on questions such as: "Why Consulting?", "Why McKinsey" etc?

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Antonello
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replied on Dec 19, 2019
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Hi,
yes, I recommend to practice to both types of fit questions, by crafting impactful stories that cover the 3 main dimensions which McK use to value your performance: personal impact, leadership, and entrepreneurial drive.

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Antonello

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Vlad
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replied on Oct 14, 2019
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Hi,

The interviewer usually asks 3 sets of questions:

  1. “Tell me about yourself” or “walk me through your resume”- this is how Consultants usually begin the interview. It's an opportunity for them to learn about you and to pick some interesting facts. Don’t lose this opportunity since the 1st impression is usually the strongest.
  2. “Why consulting?”, “Why McKinsey” or “Why BCG” questions are used to assess your motivation to be a consultant in general and to work in that particular firm. They will check how you have done your homework and what you’ve learned about them. They also want to make sure that you have a clear intention to work in consulting. "Why consulting" is a question about you and your career path. "Why McKinsey" is more about a particular company and even particular local office.
  3. Next, the interviewer will also ask you to provide examples from your background to assess how good you are as a leader or a team player; how you can create impact and persuade people; or how you can achieve your goals. These are all parts of consulting mindset - DNA of consultants, and you should be ready to prove that you are one of them.
  4. At the end of the interview, you will also have an opportunity to ask your questions to the interviewer. Most of the candidates disregard this part in preparation, while it is a great chance to demonstrate the intellectual capacity and build some relationship with the interviewer.

It is also different across MBB companies:

  • Mckinsey is a bit more structured and demanding in its approach with the fit part, taking up to 30 minutes. They will ask all sets of questions including a story on 1 of 3 competencies: Leadership, Achievement / drive, Personal Impact
  • BCG interviews are a bit shorter, a bit less structured and detailed. They will also test competences like leadership, Impact, Teamwork
  • On the contrary, Bain consultants will be less concerned about your stories and will not have strict guidelines. They will mostly check your background and motivation

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Udayan
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In addition, it is always helpful to provide context or examples of how you chose McKinsey, especially if you have been to events, been in touch with alumna, know someone who has worked there previously and recommended you etc.

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Giulia
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replied on Oct 14, 2019
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Hi,

Questions like "Walk me through your CV", "Why Consulting" and "Why us?" are a big part of fit questions (it's super common that you'll get at least 2 of them), also of McK PEI.

Thus I would strongly encourage you to prepare stories for these questions as well.

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Anonymous replied on Jul 25, 2020

Dear A,

Definitely yes, you have to make your answer to these questions in advance and practice it. Also be ready for some follow-up questions.

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André

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Clara
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replied on May 27, 2020
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