expert
Expert with best answer

Ben

3 Meetings

33 Q&A Upvotes

USD 179 / Coaching

NEED AN ANSWER! For this Interview Question !!

Anonymous A asked on Sep 20, 2019 - 2 answers

I heard that McKinsey might be asking the following question: "How do you imagine a career with McKinsey" What would you answer?

Thanks in advance for your help!

2 answers

  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Best Answer
Ben
Expert
updated his answer on Sep 21, 2019
Ex-McKinsey EM | Experienced interview coach (300+ sessions) | London Business School MBA
Book a coaching with Ben

3 Meetings

33 Q&A Upvotes

USD 179 / Coaching

Hi there,

I would say that this is a reasonable question to expect in an interview, as part of the "ice breakers" (not the PEI). It is similar to "where you see yourself in 5 years" or "why do you want to work in consulting" type of question. The key to answering this type of questions is to:

  1. Demonstrate that you understand the career path of a consultant: Business Analyst, Associate, Engagement Manager, etc. Your promotion (in ideal world) will depend on your performance, client relationships and specialisation - at some point you will need to start focusing on a paricular vertical, or less frequently a functional expertise.
  2. Highlight some of the skills that McKinsey is looking for, and how these will help you progress in the firm: anaytical ability, good EQ, teamwork. For example: "I believe that my analytical ability, and ability to build good relationships with the client, will help me advance through the ranks"
  3. Show that you are passionate about solving hard problems, (potentially, if true) a specific sector (e.g., I'm really passionate about supporting the government), and delivering impact to McKinsey clients. For example: "As long as I feel challenged and able to deliver significant impact through my work, I see myself continuing at McKinsey"

As with any ice breaker question, you can only lose points, so keep the answer concise, to the point, and focus on what you bring to the table, rather than what you expect to gain from your position with McKinsey.

Good luck!

Ben.

(edited)

Vlad
Expert
replied on Sep 20, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School
Book a coaching with Vlad

98% Recommendation Rate

359 Meetings

5,126 Q&A Upvotes

USD 229 / Coaching

Hi,

It's not a standard question that McKinsey is asking, but rather something an interviewer personally decided to ask. You should probably check what consultants are doing on a day to day basis. There are tons of articles and videos. It's not worth pursuing that job if you don't have a clear picture

Best

Related case(s)

McKinsey Questions

Solved 32.3k times
4.5 5 829
| Rating: (4.5 / 5.0) |
Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

Tell me of a situation where you had an opinion and no one seemed to agree with you. What was your goal when you decided to join university / work / clubs / a sports team? Did you have a goal that you were not able to reach? What did you do? What do you want to be remembered for and how are you a ... Open whole case