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Anonymous A asked on Nov 13, 2019 - 4 answers

I was wondering what the conversion rate for a referral for McKinsey is in a competitive office such as London / New York etc? Getting a referral is hard work, so am wondering whether it guarantees to pass CV screening? Do you still have to take the PST if you get a referral?

Background: target school, 4.0 GPA, working in finance middle tier for 6 months

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Getting a referral is meant to be hard work. In doing so you are building a critical skill that you will need to succeed as a consultant. The effort does pay off eventually and you also end up knowing how to navigate the corporate world to get the support you need as you develop professionally.

Getting a referral from a partner more often than not ensures you get called for some sort of primary evaluation. If the office requires a PST from all applicants you will not skip this step but there is a good chance you will end up with a 1st round interview regardless

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Hi,
I confirm that - especially in NY and London - getting a referral can be very important: it not guarantees you an invitation but it gives you the maximum visibility with HR, making the process faster.

You could skip the test, but it depends on the recruiting situation, your seniority and strength of your referral.

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Hi Anonymous,

although there is no guarantee that a referral will lead to an invitation, it is going for sure to increase the odds to receive one, whatever the office – I would thus definitely recommend looking for one. You can find more on referrals at the following link:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/hey-everyonehope-all-is-well-3176

In terms of the PST, McKinsey started to use the Imbellus test in the US and UK, thus you may have to do that test instead. A referral is not going to help to skip the test if due given your seniority.

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Hi,

In New York or London referral does not guarantee an interview invitation at all, however, it's even harder without a referral.

PST - depends on the role, tenure, etc. It's not related to the referral. Usually, the more experienced the role is - the higher are the chances to skip PST.

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