McKinsey Offer

McKinsey offer
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 02, 2019

Hi everyone,

I have received offer from Mckinsey and accepted. I will start after my graduation thus I have still time to learn and practice new things. Do you have any recommendation for me, anything to learn, read or study?

Thanks

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Mathias
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replied on Jan 02, 2019
McKinsey consultant and former German Diplomat - current MBA at the London Business School

I wouldn't worry too much about acquiring additional skills prior to your start at the firm. McKinsey has excellent internal training materials and will teach you everything once you have joined the firm.

If you insists on preperaing, I would brush up my excel and ppt skills. You can also try to network with people from your home office prior to your start. A lot of projects are staffed based on internal networking, so it is good to establish a network of contacts early on.

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Samia on Jan 02, 2019
Hi @Mathias, thank you for this input. Could you please tell us a bit more what the internal training materials look like?
Mathias on Jan 03, 2019
@Samia: Sure, there is a large variety of formal and informal internal training materials ranging from webinars and online courses to on-the-job training. Moreover, many programs (e.g. ppt) are customized to make your life easier.

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Guennael
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replied on Jan 03, 2019
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Congrats on the offer. I second the answers already given: McK will teach you what you need (or at least give you access to the requirwd resources).

If you want to get a leg up though (and i think you should), do the following:

- be really solid on excel; SQL and data scrapping can help too

- get used to work without a mouse. Keyboard shortcuts are tour friends. Most of us routinely use dozens in both Excel and PowerPoint

- PowerPoint will be your life for the foreseeable future, so make sure to review a bit [note: McK will have an add-on with tons of amazing shortcuts so dont waste too much time here]

- Enjoy your free time and bed while you can

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Udayan
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replied on Jan 02, 2019
Top rated MBB coach with many offers /Ex McKinsey EM in New York /6 years McKinsey recruiting experience/Real cases

I had the same thought when I first joined and my advice would be to enjoy the break doing things you probably won't have time to do once work picks up.

If you do want to learn something, in addition to the advice above, I would say invest time reading about sectors you want to specialize in or have a strong affinity towards. The other things that is always in demand is the ability to use analytics software such as tableu or to pull data using SQL

Most of all don't worry too much about it - they are excellent at training!

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Anonymous replied on Sep 30, 2020

Dear A,

My congratulations to your McKinsey offer, I wish you best of luck in your career.

For candidates like you, who have already secured the offer with a leading consulting firm, I have designed my program "Get ready for the first 100 days " as well as long-term career planning. This program touches all the important aspects: the mindset, the skills, knowledge, networking and ,managing yourself as well, your bosses and clients - everything that is important in your successful career.

In fact, I'm sharing my knowledge of 6 years career experience in consulting, where I was able to land on the fast track promotion and to be promoted from consultant to a project manager just within 3 years, which is extremely fast.

Happy to share these insights with you, feel free to reach out directly to me.

Good luck,

André

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