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Is PST still a thing?

Anonymous A asked on Sep 29, 2019 - 4 answers

I've heard from multiple friends who directly went through the interview without first having to do PST. Is PST still a thing?

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Hi,

Yes, to the best of my knowledge (based on what I hear from my trainees), McKinsey is still asking candidates to take PST globally. I heard a few exceptions where some candidates were not required to take PST as they were lateral hires.

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To follow-up on this, I have asked around and I confirm that in some offices (e.g. London), some candidates are not asked to take PST, and instead to take a test which incorporates different scenarios (via gamification) — Deniz on Sep 29, 2019 (edited)

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The PST has been abolished in several offices of McKinsey. It is definitely not used anymore in Germany, and also in the US I believe. But it differs across countries & geographies. best is to ask recruiting teams of your target office(s).

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It depends on the location of the office you are applying for.

There are offices that already have the PST in place, others have substituted it with a much easier online test.

To be sure, I would advise you to directly ask HR people of the office you are applying for, so that you can prepare at your best.

Finger crossed for your application!

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Hi Anonymous,

the PST is currently used by McKinsey only in some offices. In the US and UK, McKinsey is currently using the Imbellus test as preliminary screening, while in other offices (eg Italy) they use an SHL test.

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