Preparing to start at McKinsey

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New answer on May 27, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Sep 06, 2019

Hello to all the wonderful people in the consulting community!

I have been lucky enough to receive an offer to join McKinsey but will only start in a few months.
I want to be as prepared as possible and was hoping for some advice on how to best approach this.

I know someone might say to just enjoy and travel (which I will do), but I also want to develop a good initial skillset and not be shocked by the sudden change of lifestyle. Any suggestions and resources would be appreciated.

Many thanks!

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Anonymous replied on May 27, 2020

Dear A,

First of all, my congratulations to your McKinsey offer, I wish you best of luck in your career.

For candidates like you, who have already secured the offer with a leading consulting firm, I have designed my program "Get ready for the first 100 days " as well as long-term career planning. This program touches all the important aspects: the mindset, the skills, knowledge, networking and ,managing yourself as well, your bosses and clients - everything that is important in your successful career.

In fact, I'm sharing my knowledge of 6 years career experience in consulting, where I was able to land on the fast track promotion and to be promoted from consultant to a project manager just within 3 years, which is extremely fast.

Happy to share these insights with you, feel free to reach out directly to me.

Good luck,

André

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Vlad
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replied on Sep 07, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

1) Excel and Financial modeling - the best course I know is Training The Street. Take Financial Modeling, Valuation, Maybe LBO. They have the amazing templates that you have to reproduce to be able to do that fast.

The key thing - throw away your mouse and put some tape on your touchpad. Do everything with your keyboard!

2) Power Point

  • First, read "Say it with charts" and "Pyramid Principle".
  • As a next step Google for MBB presentations on SlideShare and try to replicate them in PPT.
  • Finally, take MBA some cases (HBS or any other) and try to derive the conclusions and put them on slides using MBB styles.

And finally - take a long vacation before starting your job;)

Good Luck!

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Anonymous B updated the answer on Sep 06, 2019

Congratulations on the McKinsey offer!! Well done :)

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Clara
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replied on May 27, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

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Anonymous C replied on Sep 07, 2019

Hi, congratulations on the offer! Could you share a bit information on what type of cases you had at McK interview as I'm preparing for the application as well.

Also, for the PEI part, what kind of questions they asked about leadership part? I'm wondering how they deep dive at a particular section. thanks.

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