Would you consider yourself spontaneous and humorous? (Answer: Yes) Then tell a joke.

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Anonymous A asked on Jan 22, 2020

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Clara
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replied on Jan 23, 2020
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Hello,

I cannot imagine a scenario in which you are asked something like this in an MBB interview.

FIT questions are about leadership, impact and entrepreneurial drive, asked as behavioural questions.

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Clara

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Alexander on Jan 23, 2020

Not quite the same question, but I was asked to describe my sense of humor in a BCG interview and therefore wouldn't rule this one out.

Emily
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replied on Apr 14, 2020
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Agree with Clara that this would be SUPER rare in an MBB interview. I wouldn't spend time on preparing this kind of quetions. Spend the time on preparing case and the proper FIT questions instead.

That said, if you indeed encounter such question, think for 1-2 seconds before you jump into the answer - "can I easily support my answer"? Using this particular question, it is easier to give example of being spontaneous, as you can cite a time when you did a last min travel etc. But harder to show you are humorous as that's a lot more subjective.

Also be mindful of whether you answer aligns with what is expected out of a consultant. Spontaneous can be lovely for personal life, but you surely don't want to come across as someone who has no plan, or someone who might surprise your client or parnter in unpleasant ways. So if the answer if yes, suggest to distinguish between how you behave in personal life vs profession life.

Hope it helps,

Emily

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Laura
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replied on Jan 23, 2020

Hi,

I haven't been asked if I was spontaneous and humorous - I was asked, however, to tell a joke. Fortunately, I knew one from my childhood. That was an in-house consultancy.

So I would prepare a joke that is not offensive (obviously) and that you simply like :)

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Jakob
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replied on Apr 13, 2020

what is brown and sticky?

A stick

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Anonymous D replied on Oct 01, 2021

No

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Anonymous C replied on Sep 14, 2021

Yes. Why did one farmer stop talking to the other? because they had some beef.

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Karim replied on Jan 10, 2021
Chemical Engineer seeking entry into Management Consulting

Yes, a bit too much for my own liking to be honest!

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Florian
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replied on Jan 07, 2021
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Hey there,

I agree with Clara that this seems like an oddball question. However, I have experienced similar 'funny' questions during my BCG interviews back in the day and also heard similar stories from my coachees.

In McKinsey, I can almost guarantee that you will not hear any such questions. :-)

That being said, this is not a deal-breaker question. If you have a joke, tell it. If not, tell the interviewer that you don't have it and move on.

The question is more about how you handle such situations, not about the actual content. The interviewer wants to see how you handle some curveballs. Stay calm, collected, don't let it through you off.

Cheers,

Florian

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Anonymous B replied on Jan 06, 2021

haha

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Anonymous replied on Apr 28, 2020

Hi A,

I haven't heard about such situation, but in case this happens you can approach it with the common structure for questions:

1. Situation

2. Problem

3. Solution

4. Results

5. Your learnings.

Using this universal approach/ framework will help you to structure every uncommon, even sometimes difficult questions in a very good manner


Best,

André

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