Junior research analyst at McKinsey

Junior Research Analyst
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 20, 2019

Hi all

I'm doing a final round interview for junior research analyst role at McKinsey in a couple days. I see that so far there's limited information on preplounge regarding the research role, so I'm hoping to get more understanding. My questions are as follows:

- What to expect for final round interview? Will it be any different from regular business analyst role? So far, I've done 2 rounds of technical, case, and PEI.

-If I do get the job offer (just thinking ahead :) ), should I pursue this vs. applying for business analyst role maybe at Bain/BCG/ATK? My goal is pursue consulting track, but I don't come from a target school background or have relevant consulting experience. I'm currently doing M&A at a big4. So generally speaking I'm not sure what's my chances to even get through resume screening. To just give a bit more context, I did a 1 full year internships at Morgan Stanley & an asset management firm. With my finance background, I can also pursue investment banking if consulting doesnt pan out. Sorry this is long, but any thoughts / comments will be appreciated.

Thank you!

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replied on Jun 20, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


1) Very similar, however, pls expect questions about your industry of specialization

2) I recommend applying to Bain / BCG for a generalist in parallel for the following reasons:

  1. There are not many cases of a transfer to a generalist role. But I would assume that mainly because if you go to research it means you have already made a choice not to work in consulting
  2. Think of it, as a junior researcher you'll have to work with lots of teams, all of which are quite demanding. I don't know your background but I assume it will be quite hard to be a top performer in a 1st year, get all brilliant feedbacks and make this transition. Realistically I would think that transition is possible in 2-3 years horizon.

In short - do your best to get to MBB as a consultant if that's what you are dreaming of.


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replied on May 31, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


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