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McKinsey recruiter call: Good questions to ask the recruiter

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What are some general ideas/tips for asking thoughtful questions to the recruiter during the first phone screen call for McKinsey? A couple I was thinking about:

  • I've heard about your development opportunities, can you kindly elaborate on those, for someone joining as an analyst/consultant, etc.
  • Could ask about the office/practice culture and how that is different from similar ones (for example, how does McK Implementation (or Digital) compare to the other practices offered in Toronto, etc.) .. Thoughts?

Thank you.

Josh
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replied on 05/31/2018
Ex CAPCO/BCG Consultant. Specialize in Market Sizing

You need to make sure your answers are specific and unique. The questions that you have here are too generic and are questions that anyone might ask. The key to asking good questions is determining what questions will make you stand out as a candidate.

What do you want McK to know about you, and how can you convey that by the questions you ask?

Josh

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