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McKinsey Questions

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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?


Short Solution

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.


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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