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What has been your most important non-academic success so far?

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Most recent answer 8 hours ago
The best answer (on Sep 30, 2020) is from:
Clara
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McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut
Clara
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gave the best answer on Sep 30, 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, 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 ... (read entire answer)
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What gets you up every day?

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Most recent answer 8 hours ago
Anonymous B gave the best answer on Aug 31, 2020
The alarm clock.
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If you discover product defects on a day off, would you call the boss?

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Most recent answer 8 hours ago
The best answer (on Jan 26, 2020) is from:
Oleksandr (Alex)
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Very experienced ex-McKinsey consultant with cross-country expertise
Oleksandr (Alex)
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gave the best answer on Jan 26, 2020
Very experienced ex-McKinsey consultant with cross-country expertise
Hello, This is type of questions which distincts people with a good ownership skills. In principle, depends on the criticallity of the situation, you shall try to solve it with all and every manner and tools by you ... (read entire answer)
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What would you be doing if you weren't in this field?

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Most recent answer 9 hours ago
The best answer (on Jun 02, 2020) is from:
Sidi
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McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 350+ candidates secure MBB offers
Sidi
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gave the best answer on Jun 02, 2020
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 350+ candidates secure MBB offers
Hi! Just be honest and give a well-founded answer, based on your specific situation and history. Cheers, Sidi
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What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

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Most recent answer 9 hours ago
The best answer (on Jan 27, 2020) is from:
Daniel
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McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
Daniel
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gave the best answer on Jan 27, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
I would try to formulate an answer which fits into a consulting narrative. Here it would be, for example, good to use the fact that MBB appreciate when a candidate has a very diverse professional experience. So, the ... (read entire answer)
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What is your biggest dream and your biggest fear?

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Most recent answer on Dec 08, 2022
The best answer (on Mar 24, 2020) is from:
Daniel
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McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
Daniel
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gave the best answer on Mar 24, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
If asked a question like this, it’s good to relate your answer back to something consulting industry is looking for, for example: Dream Having a real impact on the world (name a specific example like starting a b ... (read entire answer)
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on Dec 08, 2022 on Dec 08, 2022
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Why company X?

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Most recent answer on Dec 08, 2022
The best answer (on Mar 30, 2020) is from:
Raj
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Strategy&| ex-interviewer | 170+ coached over career |95% success @ MBB, S&, RB, LEK, OW, Big4 [SUCCESS STORIES BELOW]
Raj
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gave the best answer on Mar 30, 2020
Strategy&| ex-interviewer | 170+ coached over career |95% success @ MBB, S&, RB, LEK, OW, Big4 [SUCCESS STORIES BELOW]
How you answer this question should vary for when you are answering it. In a cover letter In person - after a few interviews In a final round - once you've got to understand the company better The critical f ... (read entire answer)
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on Dec 08, 2022 on Dec 08, 2022
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What do you do when you want to have fun?

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Most recent answer on Dec 06, 2022
The best answer (on Sep 30, 2020) is from:
Clara
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Content Creator
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut
Clara
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Content Creator
gave the best answer on Sep 30, 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, 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 ... (read entire answer)
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on Dec 06, 2022 on Dec 06, 2022
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What three things would you take to a desert island?

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Most recent answer on Nov 27, 2022
The best answer (on Jul 06, 2020) is from:
Clara
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McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut
Clara
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Content Creator
gave the best answer on Jul 06, 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, 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 ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 27, 2022 on Nov 27, 2022
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If you could be remembered with just one sentence – what would it be?

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Most recent answer on Nov 27, 2022
Anonymous B gave the best answer on Sep 26, 2019
Made a lot of people live a better life.
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on Nov 27, 2022 on Nov 27, 2022
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What would your dream job be if you could choose any one?

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Most recent answer on Nov 27, 2022
Anonymous C gave the best answer on Aug 12, 2021
Consultancy
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on Nov 27, 2022 on Nov 27, 2022
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What do you consider to be your weaknesses?

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Most recent answer on Nov 27, 2022
Anonymous gave the best answer on Sep 17, 2019
Hi! The first thing to recognise is why interviewers ask this question. Ultimately, they want to know how aware you are of your development areas, how you feel about you "weaknesses", and whether those "weaknesses" ar ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 27, 2022 on Nov 27, 2022
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Tell me about a time when you were leading a team and you needed to force someone to work when they didn't want to do it!

PrepLounge: Personal Fit
Most recent answer on Nov 27, 2022
The best answer (on Mar 24, 2020) is from:
Daniel
Expert
Content Creator
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
Daniel
Expert
Content Creator
gave the best answer on Mar 24, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
This question is a part of McKinsey personal fit Leadership dimension. Here it’s important to focus on a few things while telling your story: Highlight your interpersonal skills, i.e. focus on how you felt, what you ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 27, 2022 on Nov 27, 2022
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What do you think constitutes successful teamwork?

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Most recent answer on Nov 22, 2022
The best answer (on Oct 31, 2019) is from:
Antonello
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McKinsey | MBA professor for consulting interviews
Antonello
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gave the best answer on Oct 31, 2019
McKinsey | MBA professor for consulting interviews
Empathy; trust; open and honest feedback; clear team norms. Best, Antonello
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on Nov 22, 2022 on Nov 22, 2022
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Tell me about a time you have led a team through a conflict!

PrepLounge: Personal Fit
Most recent answer on Nov 22, 2022
The best answer (on Mar 24, 2020) is from:
Daniel
Expert
Content Creator
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
Daniel
Expert
Content Creator
gave the best answer on Mar 24, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
This question is a part of McKinsey personal fit Leadership dimension. Here it’s important to focus on a few things while telling your story: Highlight your interpersonal skills, i.e. focus on how you felt, what you ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 22, 2022 on Nov 22, 2022
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What was a situation where you set a major goal and were able to achieve it?

PrepLounge: Personal Fit
Most recent answer on Nov 09, 2022
The best answer (on Mar 24, 2020) is from:
Daniel
Expert
Content Creator
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
Daniel
Expert
Content Creator
gave the best answer on Mar 24, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews
This question constitutes a part of the McKinsey personal fit Entrepreneurial Drive dimension. While telling the story it’s important to highlight a few things: The goal you are talking about needs to be impressiv ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 09, 2022 on Nov 09, 2022
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How would you define flexibility?

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Most recent answer on Nov 07, 2022
The best answer (on Sep 30, 2020) is from:
Clara
Expert
Content Creator
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut
Clara
Expert
Content Creator
gave the best answer on Sep 30, 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, 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 ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 07, 2022 on Nov 07, 2022
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How much would you charge to clean all the windows in Seattle?

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Most recent answer on Nov 07, 2022
The best answer (on Oct 01, 2019) is from:
Antonello
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Content Creator
McKinsey | MBA professor for consulting interviews
Antonello
Expert
Content Creator
gave the best answer on Oct 01, 2019
McKinsey | MBA professor for consulting interviews
It is one of the most popular Fermi questions and you could face it during the 1st round, when math and problem-solving skills are usually tested deeply. I will propose a quick solution, in order to give later some deta ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 07, 2022 on Nov 07, 2022
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What are you better at than anyone else?

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Most recent answer on Nov 07, 2022
The best answer (on Jul 06, 2020) is from:
Clara
Expert
Content Creator
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut
Clara
Expert
Content Creator
gave the best answer on Jul 06, 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, 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 ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 07, 2022 on Nov 07, 2022
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Why consulting?

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Most recent answer on Nov 05, 2022
The best answer (on Oct 05, 2019) is from:
Deniz
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Content Creator
BCG | Kearney | 350+ trainees | 5+ years of experience in London, Dubai and Istanbul
Deniz
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gave the best answer on Oct 05, 2019
BCG | Kearney | 350+ trainees | 5+ years of experience in London, Dubai and Istanbul
Hi, This is one of the most frequently asked questions. The response to this question is quite generic, but it works all the time. When I interviewed with MBB, this is how I answered the question and you can follow a ... (read entire answer)
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on Nov 05, 2022 on Nov 05, 2022
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