What is the best way to prepare for the fit interview part of the interview?

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Anonymous D asked on Aug 19, 2018

Is there any specific book or videos for this particular part of the interview?

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Personal Fit Part

Ignacio
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replied on Mar 16, 2017
MIT MBA | Bain & Co | Ex-Google | 4+ year coaching experience

Hello!

Here are some tips that will be useful during the fit part of the interview.

Structuring your answer

  • Use the S-PARADE-L method (http://www.caseinterview.com/parade-method
    • Situation
    • Problem
    • Anticipated consequence
    • Role
    • Action
    • Decision-making rationale
    • End result
    • Learning point/key takeaways

Answering the question correctly

  • Be very, very specific with your stories, do not delve too much in describing details about the setting, focus instead on what you did and why you did it.
  • Focus on your achievement/skills, not on your team or group.

Interacting with the interviewer

  • Don't make your stories too long (1.5 minutes max)
  • Try to get the interviewer to participate. You can say things like "This story is about my time volunteering in India. Have you been there?" This will probably lead to a simple yes/no answer which won't interrupt your story and will create the "we are having a conversation" feeling more than the "interviewer VS interviewee feeling".

Dealing with unexpected questions

  • Do as you would in a case study question. Clarify the question to make sure that your answering what the interviewer wants and then structure your answer using S-PARADE-L.
  • The more you practice the better you will become at reacting like this naturally. It will also become harder for you to get an unexpected question.

Top 3 most common questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
    • Structure this one very well as it is very likely that you will get asked something like it.
    • You need to separate your life story into several stages (A, B, C etc) then:
    • 1A. Explain the situation ("I did an internship at an Engineering company")
    • 2A. Explain what you enjoyed and learned ("I had a great time analysing X and using MATLAB to improve my programming skills")
    • 3A. Explain what you missed that justifies your transition to the next stage of your story (B). ("However, I was missing interaction with clients and it seemed like I was not going to get it for a few months, so I decided to move to a role in Sales at Uber")
    • Repeat the structure (1B. 2B, 3B, etc.) until you get to why you are sitting in front of the interviewer right now.
  • Why consulting?
  • Why X company?
I hope this helps! Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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Personal Fit Part

Riccardo
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replied on Mar 16, 2017
Ex-Bain | 8+ years MBB / Big4 Recruiter & Senior Interview Coach | Advanced Prep | MBA / Expert tracks |

Hi,

Objective here is for interviewer to assess wether
1) You already possess the general or specific skill for the job
2) You would fit well in the team
So keep that in mind both elements when you prepare for it.

One thing that can help you out about Personal Fit part is - exactly like for the Case Part - that performance benefits from structure. Time is normally limited to 10-15mins (unless you have a dedicated HR interview) and this basically means that time horizon you should take for your answer is a couple of minutes max. This applies to the 'strange' questions as well. Now, there are different ways of building a complete structure for the fit (e.g. the most famous like STAR/STARR) but not all the companies are looking at these elements. Happy to discuss with you about it.

Start your preparation by mapping your CV against the advertised requirements of the company and build short ad-hoc answers to that.

Best
Riccardo

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Approach to practice PEI (fit-part)

Vlad
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updated an answer on Oct 11, 2017
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

1) Make sure that you've prepared everything: A story about yourself, motivational questions and the three main stories - one for each of the skills the company wants to test you on - Personal Impact, Leadership, Achievement. Also, don't forget about your questions to the interviewer - you'd rather have an interesting conversation and score some point instead of a simple Q&A session

2) Then go through each story and think of the additional questions the interviewer may ask. It’s important since additional questions will take up to 50% of the interview. Try to remember the main details and facts and make sure that you know how to explain the key concepts quickly. Test your stories with your friends, ideally consultants, and ask for their feedback. There can be multiple groups of additional questions:

  • The interviewer may be interested in details about the context
  • He may want to check whether this was your effort or more sort of a team effort.
  • “Have you faced any difficulties while implementing your solution?”- Typically an interviewer would like you to tell him how you’ve overcome those difficulties.
  • Your interviewer will check how real your story is. You should be ready to provide even more granular actions, key milestones and a breakdown of potential effects.

3) Now work on 3-6 backup stories. During your interviews, you can then use these stories or adapt these stories to the additional questions your interviewer asks you.

You may be interested, why you need to prepare several stories for each question? At the end of the day, it's not that easy to come up with all of these stories. I've answered here: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/repating-fit-interview-stories-927#a1813

4) Next step is talking to consultants. I recommend doing a couple of mock interviews, both case+fit. You can connect with consultants via friends, company events or even LinkedIn. Consultants are entirely opened to share their experiences, but the biggest problem will be the lack of time. Sometimes you’ll need to send a kind reminder to your request, but it pays off.

Best,

Vlad

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Benjamin
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replied on Aug 19, 2018
ex-Manager - Natural and challenging teacher - Taylor case solving, no framework

Hi,
Fit interview is about your building your personal narrative.
You want to avoid reading out loud your CV and introduce yourself with natural story describing who you are, your value, and how you ended doing this choices.
In the meantime I would prepare the following element so you can be ready for the interview :

- illustrate your experience with concrete exemples
- prepare a story of successs
- prepare a story of failure
- prepare an experience you want to tell about
- prepare an asnwer about a difficult situation you had to face
- prepare an answer about why consulting and why this specific firm
- prepare a personal about yourslef and what you like

One last trick, I recommand to capture your preparation with you webcam / iphone so you can see the flow and correct some langages habits you could have.

Hope this helps

Best
Benjamin

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Approach to practice PEI (fit-part)

Francesco
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replied on Oct 11, 2017
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Hi Anonymous,

I wouldn’t recommend stopping the preparation on the fit part; you can limit it to less time per day (say 1-2 questions, right before the case), but I would suggest continuing the preparation on this area. You can think of the behavioural part as a language: so far that you can train a bit every day, it becomes far easier to reach a satisfactory level than doing 8 hours in a row after not having practiced for a while. Moreover, as you don’t know when the final will be, in this way you can always be and feel prepared on that part.

As for the ways to practice on fit questions, I would also suggest you to:

4. Register your answers and listen to them; then work on

  • the tone of your voice. Try to avoid “ahm” and monotone voice, as could lay to the perception of poor communication. If you notice that your voice needs improvement, the best thing to do would be listening to a podcast with a good speaker daily; you will start to absorb his/her communication without noticing it after few days;
  • the content of your answers; although you wrote them down already, hearing your answers loud can give you a completely different perception of them.

5. If not done already, prepare your questions at the end, they are part of the fit part as well and may actually be an important point to help the interviewer to decided in your favour, in case he/she is uncertain. Below you can find some suggestions on how to work on them:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/open-house-at-bcg-311

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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How to practice (unconscious) personal fit?

Andrea
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replied on Feb 26, 2018
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Personal Fit Part

Anonymous replied on May 11, 2020

Dear A,

The fit questions in these interviews are really about story telling. Of course, you will get the typical questions like: Why do you want to be a consultant? Why do you want to work at this firm?

The part the differentiates you will be the “tell me about a time” questions that inevitably take up a large portion of the interviews at these firms. The better you are at telling your stories, the better off you’ll be.

Just remember that answering to any questions like this is your chance to shine and prove your leadership skills. Actually, any stories that you mention in your answer can highlight your best abilities. For that you can follow common framework in answering any questions. It consists of 5 parts:


1. Situation

2. Problem

3. Solution

4. Results

5. Your learnings

Hope, it helps.

Best,
André

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How to practice (unconscious) personal fit?

Gaurav
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replied on Jan 30, 2021
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

sorry to hear about the rejections.

As a former part of a recruiting team, I can only add that it always shows if the candidate is not completely at ease during the interview. It mainly has to do with the approach that the interviewee has.

What the recruiters expect from you is not only the case solving skills, but also a good fit to the team, a good cultural fit.

The unconcious practice could consist in thinking about the interviewers as "already colleagues" rather than somebody who is going to judge and evaluate me.

Cheers,

GB

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How to practice (unconscious) personal fit?

Clara
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replied on May 01, 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, next week will be pusblished in PrepLounge´s Shop material related.

In concrete, the "Integrated FIT guide for MBB". It provides an end-to-end preparation for all three MBB interviews, tackling each firms particularities and combining key concepts review and a hands-on methodology. Following the book, the candidate will prepare his/her stories by practicing with over 50 real questions and leveraging special frameworks and worksheets that guide step-by-step, developed by the author and her experience as a Master in Management professor and coach. Finally, as further guidance, the guide encompasses over 20 examples from real candidates.

Hope you find it useful!

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