Personal Fit Questions

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Anonymous A asked on Feb 10, 2019

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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Anonymous replied on Apr 30, 2020

Dear A,

Just remember that answering to any questions like this is your chance to shine and prove your leadership skills. Actually, any stories that you mention in your answer can highlight your best abilities. For that you can follow common framework in answering any questions. It consists of 5 parts:


1. Situation

2. Problem

3. Solution

4. Results

5. Your learnings

Hope, it helps.

Best,
André

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Guennael
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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

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Clara
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updated an answer on May 01, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

On top of the insights already shared in the post, next week will be pusblished in PrepLounge´s Shop material related.

In concrete, the "Integrated FIT guide for MBB". It provides an end-to-end preparation for all three MBB interviews, tackling each firms particularities and combining key concepts review and a hands-on methodology. Following the book, the candidate will prepare his/her stories by practicing with over 50 real questions and leveraging special frameworks and worksheets that guide step-by-step, developed by the author and her experience as a Master in Management professor and coach. Finally, as further guidance, the guide encompasses over 20 examples from real candidates.

Hope you find it useful!

Hello!

On top of the insights already shared in the post, next week will be pusblished in PrepLounge´s Shop material related.

In concrete, the "Integrated FIT guide for MBB". It provides an end-to-end preparation for all three MBB interviews, tackling each firms particularities and combining key concepts review and a hands-on methodology. Following the book, the candidate will prepare his/her stories by practicing with over 50 real questions and leveraging special frameworks and worksheets that guide step-by-step, developed by the author and her experience as a Master in Management professor and coach. Finally, as further guidance, the guide encompasses over 20 examples from real candidates.

Hope you find it useful!

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Sidi
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replied on Feb 13, 2019
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ 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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Anonymous replied on Jun 08, 2020

Hi,

In addition to what has already been communicated on the subject, it is important to return to the basics while saying that these questions are actually used to know how you are going to handle similar situations in a consulting firm.

It is therefore very important to find personal examples of situations that are related to consulting issues and to emphasize what you have learned and show that you are able to manage these situations in the future.

Best

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Gaurav
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replied on Oct 29, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

I would recommend you to take your time and try to remember stories in your life that can have something in similar to these situations.

Then, after you remember the situation - create your story using STAR+L approach (Situation, Task, Approach, Result, Learnings)

If you need any further help, feel free to reach out.

GB

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