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McKinsey Final Round: what to watch out for?

Anonymous A

Dear Community,

I'm going for the final round with McKinsey in about a week, and I wondered if any experts or well-informed community members could share what to watch out for. How do these interviews with the partners differ from the first round interviews?

1) Are the cases delivered with the same style of precision and structure as the first round?

2) Is the Fit format consistent with the PEI, or do the partners take these conversations in different directions?

3) Generally, what portion of the hour-long session is dedicated to the case study?

3) What personality traits are most important to demonstrate with the partners?

Many thanks in advance! :-)

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Carlos
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replied on 05/18/2017
Former McK / Interviewed 100+ candidates at McK / Specialist McK interviews

Hi!

My view as a McK.

In McK we measure 2 parts of the interview: the personal story and the case. However always remember that before the PEI you spend 5 minutes introducing yourself (therefore creating a first impression). Then having said this:

Officially:

- The structure of the interview should be exactly the same and you should expect exactly the same

In reality:

- Partners give more imporance to the personal side. ie. the PEI (of course) but also the FIT, so the including the initial 5 minutes!

- The case can be a bit less structured as they can asked more opened questions (typical market entry tht you can have in first round, so may get a 'how big is the lipstick market for men?'. Of course I am giving the extreme example, but this is a real case...

So in summary - REMEMBER TO PREPARE THE PEI and BE YOURSELF

Cheers

Tomas

Matthew
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replied on 10/08/2017
Only ex-McKinsey Partner on PrepLounge (also Oliver Wyman) and McKinsey MBA, Experienced Hire and Undergraduate Recruiting Leader

Final round interviews with Partners often differ dramatically than the first round interviews with Associates and Managers. This is especially true if the Partner has been with the firm 15+ years. Some of the key differences between the rounds are:

  • Longer PEI time: The fit / PEI portion of the interview tends to be a bit longer (closer to 12-15 minutes) with more questions and a higher bar
  • Less case structure: Partners tend to use cases from their real life consulting experience instead of standard cases developed by the Recruiting Group
  • Partners love memorable: While first round interviewers are enamored by candidates who nail their case according to the case “stock” answer, Partners love candidates who stand out with memorable stories and anecdotes
  • Staffability: Partners look for candidates that they can see staffing at their clients right away

My best advice is to loosen up more, be more conversational and try to stand out. Be memorable!

Anonymous A replied on 05/19/2017

Thank you VERY much, Carlos!

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