McKinsey Pre-Screening Call

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New answer on May 16, 2022
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Anonymous A asked on May 13, 2022

Hello McKinsey Aspirants,

I applied to a US office recently and the recruiter has invited me to chat to understand my interest in that particular office and probably the firm itself. The call is regarding the associate role, can anyone please describe their experience with this pre-screening call? Thanks.

The call is for 20-25 minutes, what should I expect? Please note I am from a non-target school.

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replied on May 14, 2022
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


Congrats, that is already good news!

These 20-30 mins recruiting calls with HR are similar to the FIT part of the interview, in particular, intro + cv questions and motivational quetsions (2 of the 4 types of FIT questions asked). 

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Content Creator
replied on May 14, 2022
BCG | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep

Hi there,

First, good luck!

  1. You need to be really clear on "Why consulting" as well as "why the company". You should also be ready with a resume walkthrough. More than that, you should be ready with questions of your own and be ready to talk through really any experience on your resume.
  2. Generally FIT answers are longer and more in depth. "Why consulting" would be 1 min in an interview and 20 seconds on a screening call. Additionally, you need to have personal stories prepared for the FIT interview but not for screening

Here are some questions to be prepared for:

And here is a great prior Q&A:

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replied on May 16, 2022
#1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | 530+ McK interviews in 2021

Hey there,

Some McKinsey offices for certain positions (e.g., North America for experienced hires) are using a phone screening interview either with

  • alumni
  • HR

They are usually the first interview within the application to make sure that candidates have a rough understanding of cases before moving on in the application process (i.e. not wasting current consultants' interview time if the candidate is not ready at all).

The phone screening interviews are usually a bit easier than the actual consultant-led interviews and there are no exhibits, yet you still will go through

  1. Structuring
  2. Case Math

If you want to learn more about that, check out the article I wrote here:

If HR is conducting the interview, it will be usually a short fit interview and an introduction of the role and the interview logistics. For the fit, for all my coachees there were just 4 questions:

  1. Why consulting?
  2. Why McKinsey?
  3. Guide me throw your resume?
  4. What experience do you have that would contribute to the role and practice? 



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