Oliver Wyman: First interview directly with Partner

Oliver Wyman interview What should I expect?
New answer on Mar 27, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 26, 2021

Hello,

I have been offered a meeting with Oliver Wyman Engineers however my very first meeting will be with a Senior Partner. Could anyone tell me what I should expect?

Thank you,

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Francesco
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replied on Mar 27, 2021
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Hi there,

I had the same experience when I interviewed with OW – I interviewed with the country MD during the 1st round.

You should prepare in the standard way: fit, case and prepare your questions at the end. In my specific case, the interview was purely based on fit questions.

With partners, you may expect that they:

  1. Spend more time on fit questions and your alignment with the company
  2. Check more closely your communication (eg how you react to challenging questions)
  3. May not have a “proper” structured case to present.

So in order to prepare, I would concentrate on the following:

  • Review in detail your fit stories. As mentioned, in my MD interview I had exclusively behavioral questions
  • Work on your communication (reaction under pressure, how to gain time when you do not have a structure ready, connect with the interviewer, etc). This is something you can do almost exclusively in interviews with peers.
  • Prepare cases as usual. OW specifically tends to have more market sizing than other companies

Best,

Francesco

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Anonymous A on Mar 27, 2021

Hello Francesco, Would this therefore be my only round with them? or should expect something else afterwards ?

Francesco on Mar 27, 2021

Hi there, in my case I had an additional round after. HR should be able to provide information if that’s the case. Hope this helps

Anonymous B on May 03, 2021

Hi Francesco, I also have a purely fit OW interview coming up with a Senior Partner. Would you be able to provide a quick overview on some of the questions you were asked?

Francesco on May 03, 2021

Hi there, please feel free to PM me if you have questions. Best

Ian
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Hi there,

Congratulations and good luck!

In general, you will have both a fit and a case portion. For fit, make sure you're ready with "Why Consulting", "Why OW", and "Resume Walkthrough" as well as be prepared to tells tories about experiences in your past.

In terms of case, well, there's plenty of info out there :)

Make sure to confirm with HR/the recruiters on the exact format of the case!

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Gaurav
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Hey there!

Usually, during the first round interviews you have behavioural one and case one. I suggest working through your cv once again and preparing for a quite generic interview situation.

If you have any other doubts and questions - feel free to write to me!
GB

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Clara
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Hello!

Congrats!

Having 1st interview with partner is tough quite unusual. Most likely you will have the classical case + FIT.

Usually you would face partners in 2nd round, and there FIT becomes particularly relevant. 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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Furthermore, you can find 3 free cases in the PrepL case regarding FIT preparation:

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