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McKinsey Interview Preparation Plan

Anonymous A asked on May 18, 2019 - 4 answers

I will have my McKinsey interviews in 1,5 weeks. I have done 80 live cases, and a lot of practices on my own. But I’m still not confident.

I would like to know what kind of preparation will suit me the best in terms of time and level.

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replied on May 19, 2019
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Hi! Nobody will be able to give you an answer here, as there could be hundreds of reasons. You should let a competent person run a diagnostic on you to see where you stand and what kind of work is needed to become "offer-ready". Based on this, you can create a serious plan (which might include to postpone your interview!).

Just make sure that you are talking to someone who has conducted interviews at McKinsey (just having some McKinsey consultant give you a case is not enough unfortunately! The person must have been trained on interviewing by the Firm to really understand what is actually being tested, and how!).

Cheers, Sidi

updated his answer on May 18, 2019
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Can I ask why you're not feeling confident? I suggest the following:

  1. Identify the exact places/reasons you're not feeling confident (I'm assuming it's certain case types, scenarios etc.)
  2. Get an expert to case you - since you've done 80 cases already, you will gain less from having peers case you. Find an expert here, request a case buddy or practice case with McKinsey, or find one through 2nd/3rd connections. Ask them to be particularly focused/tough on the areas you've identified in step #1
  3. Repeat until you feel comfortable

I hope this helps, and please feel free to reach out if you think I might be able to help more!


Vlad replied on May 19, 2019
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It really depends on your performance. I've seen candidates with 100+ cases and very poor performance and rockstar candidates with 30 cases. You need to ask for the feedback from experienced people (those who worked / currently work at MBB) to identify the areas of improvement


Anonymous replied on May 31, 2019

Hi there,

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