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McKinsey still doing PST during Covid in the U.S.?

McKinsey PST
New answer on Sep 16, 2020
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Kareem asked on Sep 15, 2020

I wanted to know if McKinsey is still forcing their applicants to take the PST somehow during these weird times... I am based in the U.S. and wanted to know if that was the case.


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replied on Sep 16, 2020
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Hi Kareem,


Nothing has changed in this respect, and, in fact, many of the other companies are now expanding the amount that they administer online tests to screen candidates.

That being said, when talking to HR you may as well ask what to expect! It doesn't hurt to ask them how they go through the interview process.

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Kareem on Sep 16, 2020

Hi Ian, thanks for the helpful response. So just to clarify, the PST has NOT been discontinued after the 1) disruption of Covid or 2) introduction of the "Imbellus digital assessment?".

Kareem on Sep 16, 2020

I ask because I find it difficult to believe that McKinsey would just send you a PST exam to complete at home?

Ian on Sep 16, 2020

Ah! Apologies Kareem, I misread and was thinking Imbellus. McKinsey is still doing the *Imbellus* during covid :)

Natasha replied on Sep 16, 2020

McKinsey now uses the Imbellus digital assessment, not the PST. And yes, I did it a few months ago in the middle of COVID-19.

I wouldn't think of it as forcing. No one is forcing you! If you don't want to do it, you don't have to.

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Kareem on Sep 16, 2020

thanks for the response. Yeah no need to judge me on the semantics there just a casual question. Thanks

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updated an answer on Sep 16, 2020
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Hi Kareem,

All the candidates I helped in the US are not doing the PST but the Imbellus now.

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Anonymous replied on Sep 16, 2020

Dear Kareem,

Now, most of the offices substitute PST with Imbellus. But it's still part of recruiting process.


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