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McKinsey Questions Tell me of a situation where you had an opinion and no one seemed to agree with you. What was your goal when you decided to join university / work / clubs / a sports team? Did you have a goal that you were not able to reach? What did you do? What do you want to be remembered for and how are you achieving it? What is your typical way of dealing with conflict?
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Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

Problem Definition

  • Tell me of a situation where you had an opinion and no one seemed to agree with you.
  • What was your goal when you decided to join university / work / clubs / a sports team?
  • Did you have a goal that you were not able to reach? What did you do?
  • What do you want to be remembered for and how are you achieving it?
  • What is your typical way of dealing with conflict?

Comments

The McKinsey personal fit questions try to assess qualities of candidates in terms of

  • Drive
  • Leadership
  • 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?


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Detailed Solution

Tell me of a situation where you had an opinion and no one seemed to agree with you.

DO:

  • 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.

DON’T:

  • 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?

DO:

  • Setting a high, yet reachable goal.
  • Having obstacles to overcome on the journey.
  • Showing a high energy level and perseverance.

DON’T:

  • 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?

DO:

  • Analyzing the causing reasons.
  • Showing problem solving skills.
  • Using intellectual capacity and creativity.

DON’T:

  • Not being able to cope with failure.

What do you want to be remembered for and how are you achieving it?

DO:

  • Wanting to have a personal impact.
  • Having inspirational and motivational abilities.

What is your typical way of dealing with conflict?

DO:

  • Taking the initiative and showing leadership.
  • Guiding and leading the task of solving the issue.
  • Showing empathy.

DON’T:

  • Trying to push your opinions too hard or not at all.
  • Avoiding conflict all the time.
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