Just recently passed through to the final round for Mckinsey Specialist role in Transportation and Logistics. During my prep for first round, I was mainly preparing for ALL types of cases, but was thrown a curveball during my phone case assessment, and ended up getting a Production Optimization case. I passed (somehow), and in my post interview follow up with HR, I asked if I should be focusing my attention on Operations cases. To which she replied yes, as my role is in their Operations division, and everyone I will be interviewing with in the final round comes from the Operations/Manufacturing&SupplyChain team.
Obviously I want to be prepared for any type of case, so I plan on still preparing for others. But my question for you all is – should I trust what HR is saying here? Every other resource Ive seen online (and on PrepLounge) states it doesnt matter what role you are interviewing for – and you can get any case thrown at you. Has McKinsey maybe switched their style up a little when it comes to Specialist roles, where maybe they focus the cases as close as possible to the job function?
Do any coaches here have experience with helping candidates land Specialist roles in Mckinsey Operations (and specifically Logistics & Transportation)?