Mckinsey reply from HR

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Anonymous A asked on Apr 01, 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are doing well.

A Partner referred my CV to HR and I have got the below mentioned replied from him:

Hi XXX,

Thanks for expressing interest in McKinsey.


By way of introduction, I am XXX recruiter from the Asia South office team. I would love to have a chat with you to understand your profile better and share with you further insights on opportunities at McKinsey. Would you be available for a chat next week XXX?

Thanks, look forward to connecting.

Best Regards

XXX

However, the HR is from Indonesia (I got to this from his Signature) and I would like to apply to the Singapore office.

Can I tell him that I am interested in the Singapore office and not in the Indonesia office? He is handling the South Asia team so I believe I can tell him that I am interested in Singapore office.

Can anybody please advise me on how to approach the call and what do I need to prepare?

Also, I do not have a work permit for Singapore. How much does it have an impact on my application?

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Francesco
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replied on Apr 02, 2021
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Hi there,

I agree with Franco and Ian, you can definitely share your preference during the call.

In terms of the initial HR call structure, some candidates I helped didn’t have any fit questions. HR just asked about office preferences and align on the expected next steps going forward. However, I would prepare on the standard fit questions just in case. You can find a list below:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/what-are-the-most-common-personal-questions-at-the-mckinsey-first-round-interviews-1541

Lack of work permit could make it more difficult that they consider you for Singapore (in particular now with the COVID restriction) but may still be possible. I would clarify that with HR as well.

Best,

Francesco

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Florian
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Hey there,

1. Congrats on the lead! :-)

2. What to prepare: The call will be a simple introduction call from their side. The bulk of information will be conveyed by the HR staff. The only thing you need to prepare here is (and even that is unlikely to come up)

  • Lead me through your resume,
  • Why consulting?
  • Why McKinsey?
  • What do know about the practice and how do you think your previous experience can help you add value?

Just demonstrate your genuine interest to work there!

3. Of course, share your preference and discuss openly what opportunities are available in the different offices, etc.

All the best!

Cheers,

Florian

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Franco
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As Ian suggested, you should definitely express your office preference.

Often times HR dept (as well as other supporting depts like IT, finance, etc) are shared among offices belonging to the same region, so if the mail was coming from Indonesia it doesn't necessarily mean that they redirect your application to their Jakarta office.

About work permits and VISA, I am pretty sure that they will offer all the support needed, so this shouldn't represent a hurdle.

Lastly, consider that the hardest part is to get a job offer, once you are inside McK you can more easily ask for a transfer to another office. I've never seen a super good consultant (top quintile performance) being denied a transfer to another office (i.e. top performer consultants are rare and they will do anything possible to retain them inside the company).

Hope it helps

Franco

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Ian
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Hi there,

First, take a deep breath and realize that you have successfully made it past the hardest part (lowest % success rate) of the entire process - well done!

Now, you can absolutely indicate your office preference to him. Please make sure you don't do this right off the bat in the first minute of discussion. Please also don't leave it to the last minute. Make sure you flag it when it makes sense in the conversation.

To do so, just say: "By the way, I'm actually interested in the Singapore office in particular. This is because of A and B. I was just wondering if it would be possible to apply to that office?"

Remember, for the HR screening, you need to be really clear on "Resume Walkthrough", "Why McKinsey", and "Why Consulting" as well.

Good luck!

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Antonello
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Hi, I agree in recommending you expressing your priorities

Best,
Antonello

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Clara
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Hello!

Congrats!

Don´t say anything a priori, and take the phone call as an opportunity to network.

It´s going to be a FIT interview. If you want to deep dive on the topic, the "Integrated FIT guide for MBB" has been recently published in PrepLounge´s shop (https://www.preplounge.com/en/shop/tests-2/integrated-fit-guide-for-mbb-34)

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Hope it helps!

Cheers,

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