What is the 'FIT' for McKinsey?

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Anonymous A asked on Dec 19, 2019

I kind of know what kind of questions that I will get during 'fit' interview. Interviewer would probably ask, achievement, life goals, overcame and etc. Besides thinking logically well, what do interviewers really look for? Maybe delivery of speech? facial expression?

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replied on Dec 19, 2019
McKinsey | NASA | top 10 FT MBA professor for consulting interviews | 6+ years of coaching

I confirm McK valuation grids are based on 3 main skills: personal impact, leadership, and entrepreneurial drive. I recommend crafting impactful stories to answer the most common question with an eye on these 3 dimensions.

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replied on Dec 22, 2019
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They look for everything that has been mentioned in the other answers. I would just stress the fact that you have to be able to motivate your choice and why you are gonna choose McKinsey if you will get the offer. Sometimes interviewers do not settle for the standard answer and can challenge you on each point. I would suggest to carefully read the websites and really understand the particularities of each company.

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updated an answer on Jul 06, 2020
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It will be arround the 3 main topics that McKinsey provides: personal impact, leadership and entrepreneurial drive.

The best way to prep for this is to prepare stories related to this dimensions from different angles (e.g., times when you did things outside your scope or area of responsability, the time you have created the biggest impact in your carreer, etc. )

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updated an answer on Dec 19, 2019
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

Please just focus on the 3 dimensions, which McKinsey provides: personal impact, leadership and entrepreneurial drive.

Do not overthink it. Of course, you need to speak clearly, not to stick your tongue out and take a shower before you get out of the house – but this is as important in McKinsey interview as in the supermarket while doing groceries, so it's not worth being discussed.

Just make sure stories which you prepare for those dimensions cover the questions asked by McKinsey (see the official website), are impressive and reflect the best traits of your character and personality. Only the stories are evaluated, anything else is not – what matters is what McKinsey is asking, that's it.


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replied on Nov 12, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

There is a list of common questions:

  1. why are you relevant for consulting
  2. describe your professional roles (it could be about your responsibilities on the previous job, greatest achievements or even personal success)
  3. why consulting and why this particular company

Do you need any further help?

All the best,


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Anonymous replied on Jul 09, 2020

Dear A,

I would add to your list also questions like:

  • Why consulting?

  • Why McKinsey?

  • Your entrepreneurial motives

  • And also remeber to prepare your questions to the interviewer

You will be assessed by many parameters: from you stories themselves, to your body languafe, your internal confidence and energy. So try to be on your top.

Wish you best of luck,


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replied on Dec 19, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


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) The 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.


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