I went through a several months long process with McKinsey for a risk management consultant position. Got a call from one of the partners, who told me that it was a close call but no. I scored «meets expectation» on all parameters but did not have any «spikes» both in cases and PEI. He recommended getting more experience specifically from handling difficult situations and encouraged to reapply again. Could you help me understand what are these spikes they are looking for? How can I prepare better next time? Do I really have to get more leadership experience, or did I undersell myself during the interviews?