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What is the best way to prepare for the fit interview part of the interview? Is there any specific book or videos for this particular part of the interview?

Anonymous A asked on Aug 19, 2018 - 2 answers
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Benjamin replied on Aug 19, 2018
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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

Vlad replied on Aug 19, 2018
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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

More details here: Typical McK PEI question for each dimension

and here: "Why consulting?" & "Why Mckinsey/BCG/Bain" Questions

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: Repeating Fit Interview Stories

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.

Feel free to reach me - I have a separate session for working on PEI and crafting your stories with a lot of tips and consulting tools.

Best,

Vlad

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