McK final round

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Anonymous A asked on Nov 27, 2021


concerning the case part, should I expect any difference between partners and EM in the type of case they give?


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replied on Nov 28, 2021
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. 

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Anonymous B on Nov 29, 2021

The question was specifically about the case. Not sure how the FIT guide is remotely relevant...

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replied on Nov 28, 2021
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Hey there,

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:





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replied on Nov 28, 2021
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Hi there,

In terms of what to expect in the final, the structure 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:

  1. Spend more time on fit and your alignment with the company.
  2. Check more closely your communication (eg how you react to challenging questions).
  3. 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.



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replied on Nov 27, 2021
Bain | EY-Parthenon | Roland Berger | FIT | Market Sizing | Former Head Recruiter

Not really. Both will give you a case, and can be about anything. So… be prepared for everything! ;)

That being said, partners are a bit more likely to go off-course that EM's. How do you prepare for the unexpected?

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Hi there,

The short answer is you should never “expect” any one thing.

Be ready for all scenarios! That said, Partners tend to be more “off the cuff”. So, ironically, the one thing you can expect is for the interview to be even less predictable!

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