UPDATE: Thank you, PL experts, for the insightful feedback! I made it to the final round.
I had a 30 min Case Interview over the phone with a McKinsey Alumni as a part of my interview process for a generalist consultant role at the Firm. I enjoyed the interview but am not sure what to make out of it. I am hoping some of the experts could comment on my chances of moving forward. Underneath is my brief recap of how it went:
Structure: I am not sure if I did very well here. It was an airlines profitability case. After the prompt, the first question was, “What are some of the specific opportunities that can be pursued to improved profitability”. I customized the increasing revenues and/or reducing cost framework to drivers relevant to that airlines. After 90 sec or so, the interviewer interjected and said your structure is fine but what are some specific opportunities that can be pursued, like how can they increase ticket prices, improve occupancy or reduce fuel costs (these were part of my structure). I gave more specific examples after that but am not sure if he liked them (since his tone of voice of same throughout).
Brainstorming: I felt I was structured and creative in my answer - it appeared straightforward. Though thinking back I could have provided more ideas.
Quantitive Part: I did well here. Laid out my equation and walked him through the logic and arrived the correct answer. I put the answer in context of the question asked. This part did not start until the last 8 min, and once it was done, there wasn’t any time remaining for any further questions.
Overall, it wasn’t my top notch performance though it was not a disaster either.
My questions to people who have been McK interviewers in the past or any recent interviewees :
1. What are my chances of moving forward to the next round? Is this round to select top notch candidate only or to weed out candidates far off from their expectations.
2. Should I spend time preparing for Imbellus assessment - I am scheduled to do it early next week. I am going to find out the result of phone interview a day before my Imbellus assessment.