The McKinsey personal fit questions try to assess qualities of candidates in terms of
- Personal impact
- Problem solving
Ask for the CV of your partner in order to ask questions specifically targeted at a passage of his or her life. While listening to the answers, keep in mind the two major criteria you have to evaluate:
- Can I work with this candidate closely in a team every day?
- Can I send the candidate to a client alone?
Make sure, the candidate follows the three basic rules for personal fit questions:
- Provision of a clear roadmap: The candidate has time to think of a structured answer.
- Using distinctive answers: Examples instead of generic answers help to remember a candidate.
Using the answer to sell him/herself: The statements should still answer the question, but in a way that the candidate conveys useful skills.
Tell me of a situation where you had an opinion and no one seemed to agree with you.
- Telling a challenge in which one or more people were influenced to adopt the candidate’s particular agenda.
- Showing a strategic approach to solve the situation.
- Listening to the others’ opinions and showing empathy.
- Choosing a point where people already agreed mostly to the candidate’s opinion.
- Giving up your stand too easily.
What was your goal when you decided to join university / work / clubs / a sports team?
- Setting a high, yet reachable goal.
- Having obstacles to overcome on the journey.
- Showing a high energy level and perseverance.
- Achieving a goal set by others or following a goal that was part of the job.
Did you have a goal that you were not able to reach? What did you do?
- Analyzing the causing reasons.
- Showing problem solving skills.
- Using intellectual capacity and creativity.
- Not being able to cope with failure.
What do you want to be remembered for and how are you achieving it?
- Wanting to have a personal impact.
- Having inspirational and motivational abilities.
What is your typical way of dealing with conflict?
- Taking the initiative and showing leadership.
- Guiding and leading the task of solving the issue.
- Showing empathy.
- Trying to push your opinions too hard or not at all.
- Avoiding conflict all the time.