What type of experience is required in McKinsey?

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Anonymous A asked on Feb 10, 2020

Recently I got rejected from first round interview in McKinsey. They said that I did good with cases but didn't impress them with my experience. It is my second time trying it, and this time I shared the experiences of leading people on projects under tight deadlines. They still said thta my experience is not enough for Business Analyst. And the person giving me feedback never specified what kind of experience I need to get, and it looks to me that in order to get into McK I should at least launch myself to the Moon or come up with coronovirus vaccine even though people who were preparing with me and got the offer essentially shared the same experience stories as me. Can you please tell me what kind of person McK expects and should I indeed attempt wining Olympics in order to get there?

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Clara
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replied on Feb 11, 2020
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Hello!

Don´t worry, for sure you don´t need to be a super-man!

Given what you are saying -particularly the fact that people with similar background than you got accepted for McK-, the issue must be in the FIT part of the interview.

Even if the content is good, communication can change it all! Have you tried asking for coaching to these people you mention, with similar background than you that succeeded in the interviews? Or work with a coach for this particular part?

Feel free to reach out!

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Ian
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You do not need to go to the moon.

Don't forget that the FIT interview is a case interview as well.

This means, you need to be structured, communicate clearly, have a point (objective), be personable etc. They're testing you far less on your actual experiences and far more on how you will present yourself to the client.

I think you're struggling with the story telling aspect of your experiences. To improve this, try any/all of the following:

1) Review interview responses on PrepLounge: https://www.preplounge.com/en/self-study-mode.php

2) Review STAR (Situation, Task, Action Result), SCR, (Situation, Complication, Resolution), or SCQA (Situation, Complication, Question, Answer) methodologies. It doesn't matter which one. They're all the same principle...pick whichever works for you

3) Book a session with a coach. I've helped a lot of people with this, and am happy to help. There's a fine balance between being organised/structured and sounding robotic...I;'ve helped the most nervous/rigid/shy people sound natural/fluid and clear and concise all at the same time.

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Vlad
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Hi,

I guess the problem is in How you describe your experience or How relevant is the story. You should be very specific in:

  • Context (How you took the initiative to lead smth)
  • Problem (People being not organized and not motivated)
  • Specific actions you've taken to fix that
  • Impact

Feel free to reach out and we'll help you improve your stories. I have many tips and tricks that I give in personal Fit coaching.

Best

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Luca
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Hello,

I don't think that it's a matter of CV, since you passed the CV screening. Considering this, the only explanation can be that you did not impress your interviewer during the Fit part or with your communication skills during the case.
I suggest to work on those points, maybe starting with an assessment of your preparation level with an expert.

Best,
Luca

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Anonymous replied on Feb 11, 2020

Hey A,

no worries, you does not need to shoot yourself to the moon to impress other.

My guess is that you are not very convincing when you tell your stories.

There are several ways to improve that:

1. Increase your energy, show enthusiasm and passion for consulting, the specific company you really desire to work for (McK in this case) and excitement during solving the cases and client's problems even if you struggle. This will hugely differentiate yourself from the most candidates.

2. Structure top down your answers and communication. For the story-telling you may use one of the common frameworks - I usually recommend to apply SCS (situation-complication-solution) framework, as it's very simple & universal and has just 3 elements (it's more McK style to have 3 components in the structure according to Barbara Myntho's book "Pyramidal principles of communication" - worth reading to get ready for the consulting job).

3. Get yourself a professional coach, who can guide you through the entire interview process, provide you very detailed feedback and improve your weak point.

Good luck next time!

André

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Francesco
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Hi Anonymous,

it is difficult to provide feedback without knowing the story you shared but most likely your issue is not in the experience itself, but rather in the way you communicated it. Possible reasons include:

  • Lack of explanation of how you led people
  • Lack of explanation of results achieved
  • Lack of engagement with the interviewer due to your body language, tone, presentation skills

I would recommend to ask feedback to current consultants or coaches, I am pretty sure you can create a good story without the need of a completely different experience.

Best,

Francesco

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Faizul replied on Feb 10, 2020

I don't have the exact experience yet but following through on what you said. On case study what I was told by an ex McK consultant is purely on the structure of answers in general. I suppose I'm scratching my head when it comes to sharing experience but what I'll sort out my answer will be more along the line of the challenges I face, the dillema and how it was overcome. Being a team player I suppose is a key element and how you approach a problem matters a lot.

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