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What would you be doing if you weren't in this field?

PrepLounge: Personal Fit
New answer on Feb 18, 2024
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Anonymous A asked on Sep 21, 2019

How would you answer this question in your Personal Fit interview? Receive feedback on your answer and browse through the Q&As to review the approaches of other applicants and experts.

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replied on Jun 02, 2020
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 350+ candidates secure MBB offers


Just be honest and give a well-founded answer, based on your specific situation and history.

Cheers, Sidi

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Anonymous replied on May 01, 2023

I love questions like these! 

And in the times I've encountered them, I've been able to forge a deep connection with the interviewer as well as make a strong impression of authenticity. This comes because, if you answer the question honestly (as you absolutely should!), then your passion, authenticity, individuality, and initiative shine through. This instantly makes you more likable and more memorable.

But, let's go a step further: if you wished to answer this in the context of an actual Personal Fit Interview, I would want to guide the selection of whatever activity with which I ultimately answer with the personality attributes that are ‘tested’ for in most Fit Interviews at Consulting firms.

At McKinsey, for example, the core personal experience attributes that are prized are:

  • Personal Impact
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Drive
  • Courageous Change

Do you have any passion activities you would pursue if you weren't in Consulting that line up with these measures?

At Kearney, value is placed on and sought across:

  • Generosity
  • Curiosity
  • Boldness
  • Passion

Are you able to share with your interviewer ‘would-be’ aspirations that line up with these qualities?

There is no wrong answer to this sort of question. But there are always ‘better’ answers, and you can seek to make yours better by empowering your narrative with the sorts of attributes the firm cares about…as long as you're doing this authentically, of course. 😎

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Anonymous D replied on May 20, 2022

If I wasnt in consulting and data science, I would probably look for the most interesting new topic in deep learning, for instance programming / deep NN for self driving cars, bc I want to work in a dynamic environment and disrupting industries, and continuously learn a lot.

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Anonymous J replied on Feb 18, 2024

Ich wäre Schreiner. Du hast eine Idee, zeichnest sie, fast das Holz an und setzt dein Projekt um. Es bleibt etwas zum anfassen 

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replied on Sep 30, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


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Anonymous C replied on Apr 19, 2022

Marketing or Project management in professional life, politics in social life, reading a lot of books to discover the world in personal life.

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Anonymous F replied on Dec 09, 2022

I considered medicine as it involves problem solving and diagnosis which are things I enjoy but I don‘t like bodily fluids. otherwise I would stay in private equity 

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Lil replied on Jul 27, 2022

creating my own business

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Anonymous E replied on May 30, 2022

I would be working with NGOs on the field (youth education) or a teacher

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Anonymous G updated the answer on Apr 28, 2023

I would be working in a role where I can work with people, helping solve problems, so probably a application scientist role.


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Jens replied on Mar 07, 2022


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Anonymous B updated the answer on Feb 23, 2022

An asset manager


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Srinivasa replied on Oct 07, 2021

I would have been a police officer

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Andrei replied on Aug 28, 2021


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Anonymous H replied on Jul 03, 2023

I would become a business analsyt

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Anonymous I replied on Nov 09, 2023

I would be working in venture capital in the healthcare field.

This is a blend of meeting founders from different backgrounds and with different problems. Ultimately my goal would be to create value

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McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 350+ candidates secure MBB offers
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