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Time Limit in McKinsey Case Interviews

Nandan

Hi - I know that the McKinsey Case interview can last anywhere between 25 to 35 minutes. The cases are interviewer led and typically consist of 5-6 questions each. What happens if the interviewer is not able to cover all the questions within the allotted time? Will the interviewer just stop after the time limit? Also, is this bad as a candidate? Is doing the case accurately better than doing it quickly? Thanks in advance!

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Steven
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replied on 01/03/2018
Ex-McKinsey EM, four years experience. Can improve your interviews skills and get you prepared for interviewer-led interview style

Hi-

The McKinsey case interview normally lasts 35-40 mins with major questions covered. The interviewer will make sure they cover all the questions- sometimes they do overrun a bit (e.g., 5 mins). But it will not overrun a lot since the interviewer will interview other candidates as well. In order to be fair, the interviewer will make sure that they cover same questions for each candidate on the batch day.

It's not necessary bad for candidate. The interviewer will evaluate your anwsers thoroughly. I would say doing the case accurately is more important for quantitative questions. Take your time when answering questions. Practice can increase your speed as well as accuracy. If you answer a question correctly but too slowly, it will impact your evaluations as well.

Hope it helps.

Wouter replied on 01/04/2018

Hey,

I got a McKinsey first round interview a couple of weeks ago.

Even though I suspect that I did not finish 2 (or maybe even all 3) cases, I was selected for the second round.

So don't worry to much about it, focus on the calculations and interpretation ('what does it mean?' 'What are the consequences?')

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