McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut
Congrats to making it the 2nd round!
Although on paper the cases are the same, you need to be ready for much more improvisation and free riding. However, I would say that once you were strong enough for passing 1st round, you should be for 2nd round.
There is extra emphasis in the PEI part, that is longer and deeper.
If you want to deep dive on the topic, the "Integrated FIT guide for MBB" has been recently published in PrepLounge´s shop (https://www.preplounge.com/en/shop/tests-2/integrated-fit-guide-for-mbb-34)
It provides an end-to-end preparation for all three MBB interviews, tackling each firms particularities and combining key concepts review and a hands-on methodology. Following the book, the candidate will prepare his/her stories by practicing with over 50 real questions and leveraging special frameworks and worksheets that guide step-by-step, developed by the author and her experience as a Master in Management professor and coach. Finally, as further guidance, the guide encompasses over 20 examples from real candidates.
Furthermore, you can find a Expert Article on PreLounge fully dedicated to Behavioural questions, one of the key building blocks of FIT:
#1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | 530+ McK interviews in 2021
No, the interviews are the same in terms of the cases given and the same interviewer/ evaluation guidelines apply. However, partners are sometimes a bit more rogue and deviate from those guidelines, which could mean that
they don't give as much time for thinking
ask more nagging follow-up questions
steer the case / PEI more
focus on one specific element of the case or PEI more
they rarely come with more unusual questions (e.g., market sizing, which is usually not part of the McKinsey assessment)
Do not be surprised if it deviates from what you expect and keep calm.
Here is more about both elements of the final round:
#1 Coach for Sessions (3.800+) | 1.300+ 5-Star Reviews | Proven Success (www.case.tools/results) | Ex BCG | 8Y+ Coaching
In terms of what to expect in the final, thestructure of the rounds is the same (fit + case+ your questions); however in finals there is usually more emphasis on communication and fit.
Specifically, the main differences you may find in a final round with partners is that at that stage they may:
Spend more time on fit and your alignment with the company.
Check more closely your communication (eg how you react to challenging questions).
Not have a “proper” structured case to present. That's because they already know you can structure and crack a case (you passed 1 or 2 rounds already) and are more interested in your logic, personality and fit with the company. In some countries, you may have market sizing questions as well. Having said that, cases at McKinsey are quite standard in finals in many offices.
So in order to prepare I would concentrate on the following:
Review in detail your fit stories. Be sure to review your PEI stories with experienced candidates or consultants and to have at least a backup for each dimension.
Work on your communication (reaction under pressure, how to gain time when you do not have a structure ready, connect with the interviewer, etc). This is something you can do almost exclusively in interviews with peers.
Prepare cases as you did for the first round. If you got feedback on a specific area, focus more on that part.
Bonus point: partners quite often focus on cases in the industry they cover. If you know the sectors they focus on, it would be a good idea to review those industries / read their research papers on that / do cases related to that sector.
Our client is SmartBridge, a nonprofit educational institution offering face-to-face tutoring services. The client operates in the US.
The mission of SmartBridge is to help as many students as possible to complete studies and prevent that they drop from the school system, in particular in di
... (Open whole case)
Our client is Korean Car Parts (KCP), a multi-national original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of car parts based in Korea. They've recently seen a decline in profits and have brought us in to understand how to address this falling profitability.
... (Open whole case)
Our client is Energy England, one of northern England’s largest electric utility companies. They were created over the past decade through an aggressive series of mergers of existing utility companies each specializing in a single energy generation source.
Recently, the CEO has embarked on
... (Open whole case)
Data processing in the USA: By clicking on "I accept", you also consent, in accordance with article 49 paragraph 1 sentence 1 lit. GDPR, to your data being processed in the USA (by Google LLC, Facebook Inc., LinkedIn Inc., Stripe, Paypal).