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What does a 30 mins chat and CV entail? (Mckinsey)

Anonymous A

Hi guys, I have a 30 minutes chat with a senior person at Mckinsey and was asked to send my cv before the phone call.

My questions are: what should I expect, what does he expect and what kind of questions should I ask? Should I consider this like a preliminary screening for an interview?

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replied on 03/21/2018
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 50+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi Anonymous,

this indeed seems to be a preliminary phone screening and not a full-blown phone interview. So couple of points for you to consider:

  • Put together a quick 2-minute "elevator pitch" on your background and why you are in the conversation with McKinsey; flesh out highlights specific to the exact position you (intend to) apply for (functional focus? sector focus? etc.)
  • Establish natural rapport (don't do anything "special"!) and just project a professional, well-rounded, and positive picture of yourself
  • Prepare for a "Why McKinsey vs other options?" question and have a strong answer prepared!
  • Spend some time beforehand to think about what is unclear to you regarding how the Firm can help you achieve your career (and maybe personal) objectives; then distill this into one or two clear questions, asking for a senior perspective

​Best of success!


Vlad replied on 03/21/2018
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I would recommend being prepared in the same way as if you will be prepared for the full FIT interview with Mckinsey (Story about yourself, why consulting, why McKinsey, PEI stories, etc).

It's fine not to have the backup stories and not to be fully prepared for the additional questions to the PEI stories.

Also, think of your questions to the interviewer. Pls don't ask the information you should learn before the interview (e.g. typical career path) or Questions that may show that you are unfamiliar with consulting work (Like are you specialized in strategy or operations?).

Ask questions about the particular office and the topics you are genuinely interested in ​

Be prepared and good luck!

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