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Anonymous A asked on Jun 13, 2017 - 2 answers

Hi Guys,

I have been called on for 1st round of interviews at McKinsey over a videocon. Does anybody over here have experience of that? Any tips which you would like to share?

Thanks in advance!

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Yes - I train a lot of students on this. What to expect - questions are pre-recorded usually, depending on country you may have it via Skype, but usually webcam.

Couple of obvious things - look professional, make sure it is in quiet space with good wifi. Your bedroom usually works (tidy room though). Also make sure you will not get disturbed.

Less obvious - they are testing you on communication and structure. Practise questions such as: Why McKinsey, Tell me about yourself, etc. to have in bullet points (structure). They want to see a bit of personality - so make sure you smile occasionally and appear friendly.

This is a test to see how you can potentially speak with clients - you will have a ton of nerve racking situations on the job, this is a good test for strategy firms.

Hope this helps! Good luck!


Tyrion Lannister replied on Jun 13, 2017
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Dear Anonymous A,

I have some experience with this.

Aside from the usual tips that apply to an in-person scenario, I would advise that you rise above the technology:

try to release your personality even though your interviewer is hundreds of miles removed from you;

try to avoid the temptation of ALWAYS directing your remarks at the video image of your interviewer in the video feed as this is not making eye contact, instead, try from time to time to look right into the camera;

keep your hands on the table and in plain sight at all times (it reinforces credibility and confidence); and

be prepared to be just as efficient and disciplined at working with exhibits shown on your video screen (sometimes, this can be a little tricky) as you would with paper exhibits in front of you.

All the best to you.

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