Leadership in PEI

leadership McKinsey PEI personal experience interview
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 03, 2019

Hi everyone!

I don't know if I will sound quite silly with the question but let's go. Regarding the leadership question that might be faced during the interviews, talking about an experience as my football team captain would be fine or completely inappropriate?

My story is about how I motivated and fixed the problems of the team in the break of the finals in an important tournament.

Thanks!

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Sidi
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replied on Jan 03, 2019
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers

Yes, this is totally fine! If you exhibited the required qualities that McKinsey wants evidence form then this can be an excellent story! Leadership essentially means enabling the people around you to reach a common goal in the face of adversity/obstacles. This you can further break down by means of a logic tree - very similar to how you break down case problems.

Cheers, Sidi

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replied on May 31, 2020
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Guennael
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replied on Jan 03, 2019
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Not only is this fine - related properly, your story would also be very distinctive and memorable so interviewers remember you. Do it!

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Anonymous replied on Jul 25, 2020

Dea A,

Your story is absolutely fine. In telling it you can follow the STAR structure.

Also, to double check you story line, find below the questions that helps you to line your story in a right direction:

  • Tell me about a time you led others.
  • Tell me about a time when you were on a team that had a conflict that was keeping it from achieving its objective.
  • How do you motivate people?

Hope it helps,

André

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