Interview with a McKinsey Recruiter

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Anonymous A asked on Aug 29, 2018

What kind of questions can one expect in a screning interview with a McKinsey recruiter for a consulting role in New Ventures is the US? Any preparation tips would be helpful.

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Anonymous B replied on Aug 30, 2018

I just had a screening interview from McKinsey and it was straight forward. I spent most of my time preparing to answer these questions:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why consulting?
  3. Why McKinsey?
  4. Tell me about a leadership experience
  5. Tell me about a teamwork experience (prepare for follow up questions about overcoming obstacles/resolving conflict)
  6. Tell me about a problem solving experience
  7. Tell me about a time when things didn't work out/ a failure

You won't get to share everything you prepare and there may be other questions you should be ready to answer but these are pretty basic things that I think are likely to show up in a lot of interviews.

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replied on Aug 31, 2018
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Hi Anonymous,

I agree with Anonymous B on the behavioural part. I would also suggest to prepare a question on impact (eg Tell me about a time that you persuaded your boss to go along with an idea you had when he/she was not agreeing with you). You can find below a quick sum up of the key elements McKinsey is looking for in the PEI:

Additionally, I would also verify with HR if the screening includes a case, since for some offices it is present as well, and prepare for it accordingly.



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