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Tell me about yourself!

Anonymous A asked on Sep 18, 2019 - 13 answers

How would you answer this question in your Personal Fit interview? Receive feedback on your answer and browse through the Q&As to review the approaches of other applicants and experts.

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This question is usually asked in the very beginning of McKinsey interview and does NOT strictly constitute a part of personal fit questions (which are situation-based). In contrast to business cases and personal fit questions there is also no exact system for evaluating your answer to this question. The “tell me about yourself“ question during McKinsey interview serves just one purpose – to actually help you relax, let you talk about something you are familiar with and to help your interviewer to get to know you a bit better (sort of to put a face to whatever she read in your CV).

So, I would use it as a chance to make yourself memorable and to leave a positive impression. What do I mean by that? I mean, of course, do say a few words about your studies and work experience, but also say what you are passionate about and what you want to achieve in life. Are you passionate about swimming? Say it! Are you passionate about singing? Say it! Do you want to eventually build your own business? Say it! It’s important for an interviewer to understand what kind of person you are and for you to leave a memorable mark, so make sure you highlight those things which throw a bit of light on your personality.

Kingsley updated his answer on Sep 24, 2019

Greetings Sir/Madam.

My Name is Kingsley Boyalapalle. I am from Hubballi(Hubli),Karnataka.My father works in Indian Railways as a Senior Section Engineer. My Mother is a home-maker. My brother has done his MBA in Marketing and works at FabHotels as a Corporate Sales Manager.

I have completed my Bachelors in Electronics & Electronics Engineering from KLE Technological University,Hubballi(Hubli).I have industrial experience of 33 months in telecom & retail sector from Accenture Solutions Pvt.Ltd at Bengaluru ,where I worked as an Application Development Analyst and Project Management Analyst. I have completed my Summer Internship for 2 months with LeanBox Logistics Solutions Pvt.Ltd in Mumbai.

I am a logical person and try to keep myself engaged in brain stimulating activities. I am tolerant to every point of view and like to see both sides of an argument. I value integrity ,dedication and a strong desire towards striving for excellence and helping humanity. I am passionate about Football.


Ronny updated her answer on Oct 14, 2019
Life science focused graduate student actively applying for consulting roles

As you already know, my name is XYZ and I'm currently excited to be just a few months away from graduation and en route full-time employment within an established and innovative firm, such as yours.

I describe myself as motivated, analytical and curious. These three attributes sufficiently speak to my professional abilities as I have earned ample successes over the years with these attributes instilled in me. Throughout the course of my education at XYZ university, I have had countless opportunities to exhibit stellar leadership and academic achievements and these attributes certainly put me at an advantage because, 3000 hours of research work, 30 units of academic credit, regular poster presentations, a presidential role in student government and a minor in business management is definitely no walk in the park . My motivation has driven me to initiate a variety of ideas and programs within my organization. Most recently, I founded the XYZ platform where I ensure that YZX is done and hone my mentoring skills to interested individuals. This has also allowed me to serve the minority population within the organization by serving as a proxy for the servicing of their complaints and requests. Being a minority myself, I stand for diversity and inclusion and am grateful for the unparalleled opportunity that I have been given to progress and develop the cause while ensuring optimum satisfaction within the program.

I also serve as the Chair of /// within the organization of XYZ and this has put me in a position of healthy exchange of ideas and collaboration with my team and with the general population. I have been able to achieve exemplary communication, presentation, and negotiation skills through my constant chairing of meetings, communicating with event vendors and planning of program activities. During my tenure, my team and I achieved more than 95% student engagement in activities and general communication matters and introduced over five new empowering initiatives to the program. I believe my reinstating and reutilization of the XYZ communication platform also contributed to the widespread positive growth in correspondence.

I am passionate about impact. Growing up in the rural area of XYZ instilled in me an attitude of vigor and service because I know the impact that an effective solution and implementation can have on the general outcome of a situation. This is why consulting fits my goals. Together with the technical expertise that I have garnered during the course of my ABC degree which was predominantly team-based, to the buoyancy of transferable skills I have acquired, I believe that I would be able to achieve my highest potential within an organization that will allow me to openly contribute to the solution of complex yet exciting problems.

*can also expand on transferrable skills acquired from relevant team-based/consulting-like classes and how it fits with my personality and how it will allow me to parallel with the company's goals.


Anonymous B replied on Sep 21, 2019

I would answer this with the objective in mind that I am applying for a specific position. I would focus on the coherent theme or story of how I ended up applying for this position, tying up my previous experiences and how they lead me to have the competencies for the current role.

Anonymous J replied on Nov 15, 2019


Carmen replied on Nov 05, 2019

I am a multinational bba student that speaks 4 languages at a native level and is looking forward to pursuing a consulting carreer. In my free time, I love to do sports, enjoy my family and party with my friends.

Anonymous I replied on Oct 08, 2019

1) most relevant professional experiences and education achievements

2) general personality and behviours in team

3) personal goals

Anonymous H replied on Oct 06, 2019

I am a hard worker and ambitious person. I always wanted to be a better person

Anonymous G replied on Oct 04, 2019

I am an outgoing person, pro-active and keen to learn.

Anonymous F replied on Sep 27, 2019

I work as a consultant

Anonymous E replied on Sep 25, 2019

I am a experienced professional with both industry and a strategy consulting background. This allows me to put myself into the "shoes" of the client and tailor my approach and recommendations to the specifics of the client.

Anonymous D updated his answer on Sep 22, 2019

I am a global retail performance analyst


Anonymous C replied on Sep 21, 2019

i am nobel