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FIT Personal Fit
New answer on Sep 25, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Sep 23, 2020

What is the recommended length for the answers for the fit part? Is this right?

1. Walk me thorugh your CV. ~2 mins

2. Why MBB? ~1.5 mins

3. Tell me about a time xxx. ~2 mins


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replied on Sep 25, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


Nope, disagree:

  1. For 1&2: fine, 1-3 mins
  2. For 3, also called behavioral questions, the whole iteraction lasts arround 10 mins, including the follow up and clarification questions from the interviewer.

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replied on Sep 24, 2020
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Hi there,

It depends on how fast you speak. But in general:

  • Walk me through your CV. 1-2 min
  • Why MBB? 1-2 min
  • Tell me about a time xxx. If you are referring to PEI: your story, 2-4 min. However the interviewer will interrupt you and with his/her questions and your replies overall it will last 10-15 min


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Anonymous replied on Sep 23, 2020

Hi A,

Your answer shouldn't be soo long. The optimal length is 1-2 min, that's right.

Also, if you feel you can do your answer shorter keeping all key points then do it.

I would recommend for that following structure for storytelling:

  1. Start with a 1 sentence summary of your background
  2. Bring out some problem
  3. Talk about 3-4 of your roles (may be professional, education, extracurricular), 3 sentences each.
  4. Shortly explain how did you resolve that
  5. Your learnings


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replied on Sep 24, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

The main principle is structuring your answer top-down.

In this case the actual length of your answer becomes even mostly irrelevant, since you can always easily react to your interviewers' implicit signals and stop anytime.

With that top-down approach he still always gets the full picture (as opposed if you would build your answer bottom-up).

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!


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replied on Sep 23, 2020
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Hi there,

Quality is much more important than quality! So, what's important is: Did you answer the question in a succinct, clear way, without leaving out important details or context?

That being said, your times are about right but you could honestly afford to get them shorter. Ultimately, it depends on what you have to say!

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McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut
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