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Personal Fit Questions

Someone asked on Feb 10, 2019 - 2 answers

I have some difficulties to figure out answers to the following personal fit questions - Any suggestion?:

1) Tell me about a crisis you have mastered!

2) What was the biggest challenge in your life and how did you manage it?

3) What is your biggest success?

4) What is the most complicated analytical problem you have ever solved?

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Guennael replied on Feb 10, 2019
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

1. Probably the simplest framework to follow is STAR: Situation,Task, Action, Result

2. Give a couple of sentences for each at least, and make sure to set the stage properly (dont ramble, but make sure to explain what's going on and how the situation is relevant to the question)

3. The most important section is the last one: what happened,and especially what you learned: how did you grow from that experience, and how will you be able to leverage that in your future role at Consultancy

Sidi replied on Feb 13, 2019
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 60+ candidates secure MBB offers

I agree with Guennael - STAR is the easiest framework. However, it is not very good when it comes to structuring stories for MBB firms. The reason is that STAR only describes the situation, the challenge, and what you did. But it does not contain the most important aspect of any story - the WHY behind what you did and what you said! It is extremely important to clearly describe how you analyzed a given situation, identified the root causes of the challenge, and then gauged your options to adress these root causes. This description of your decision making rationale is what makes or breaks pretty much any story! Because - similar to the case part of the interview - it is not so much about the result, but about showing the rigor in your analysis and judgement!

Cheers, Sidi

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