Florian

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#1 rated McKinsey Case and PEI Coach | 5 years at McKinsey | Mentorship Approach | Imbellus Expert
Bitpanda, StrategyCase, McKinsey & Company, Kearney, Lufthansa
English, German
Austria (UTC +2)
$349 / hour
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McKinsey Problem Solving/ Case Interview
McKinsey Personal Experience Interview
McKinsey Imbellus Game

Florian's Offers

The McKinsey Rocket - Get the offer
  • High-impact McKinsey coaching
  • 5x success rate vs. average
  • Case and PEI
Resume Review
  • Book a 30 minutes resume review
  • Send Florian your CV beforehand
  • Get detailed feedback and tips

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My Approach
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SUCCESS AND IMPACT: For recent success stories and testimonials of my high-impact McKinsey-focused coaching, see here: https://cutt.ly/dEANC8y

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I WILL GET YOU THAT MCKINSEY JOB!

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK ME AS A COACH

  1. I became the #1 McKinsey coach (based on recommendation rate) within the first month of starting on PrepLounge and have kept that spot ever since. Other successful coaches on this platform have bought my McKinsey-specific products to guide their own efforts and I conduct between 50 and 60 McKinsey interviews per month for all countries and roles, from internship to full-time positions. You won't find a more updated and focused perspective on McKinsey. That is also why I have been selected to provide my insights about the McKinsey case interview (https://www.preplounge.com/en/mckinsey-interview) and the PEI (https://www.preplounge.com/en/mckinsey-pei) by PrepLounge.
  2. With 5 years at McKinsey, I know the recruiting process inside and out. I can help you ace the case interview and the PEI exactly like McKinsey wants you to succeed. My coachees continuously receive feedback from interviewers that they seem to be much better prepared than other candidates.
  3. Interviewing and coaching 100s of candidates, I have developed a system to tackle every McKinsey case and question type successfully, regardless of the context, industry, or functional expertise. You will learn how to think and communicate like a McKinsey consultant and not rely on pre-learned frameworks that would only hurt your performance in the real case. Candidates I mentor for 5 sessions have 5x the average success rate for McKinsey. See the link above for real success and offer rates.
  4. Our sessions do not have a time limit and I won't ‘sell’ you additional sessions. My cases are 2x as long as the typical McKinsey case interview, which will give you more opportunity to practice and me more observation points for feedback. Basically, each session you book with me is the equivalent of two sessions. I will take as long as you need to get through the case, your questions, and provide detailed feedback. Also, you will get an in-depth feedback sheet after our sessions. In between sessions,  I will provide mentorship and am available for questions of all kinds, usually responding within 1 hour during the day. I am doing this full-time since I left the firm and I am invested in your success! For more information, check out my Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/florian-smeritschnig-b5b9661a/ or check out my podcast episode with @theconsultingguy on MBB applications: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ8V6A1U-RM&. Additionally, I regularly advise candidates to cancel remaining sessions if their performance is already at the required level and I feel that an additional session would not be needed. I am interested in your success and not your money.
  5. My approach is 100% tailored to your needs. We can structure the sessions as you like according to your preferences and needs. I have a large library of proprietary, real McKinsey cases across industries and functions, both typical business cases as well as more creative cases that are increasingly employed during the interviews, covering up-to-date topics such as COVID, sustainability, etc., all with the real associated evaluation metrics. Also, I am happy to prepare tailored cases to fit your needs.

 

READ MORE ABOUT MY APPROACH BELOW

I have noticed that the information on the McKinsey application process, the case interviews, the PEI, and the Imbellus that is often circulated is either wrong, outdated, or assumed to be the same as for any other consulting firm. As a consequence, the advice given can be detrimental to your recruiting success with the firm.

After 5 years at McKinsey, I left in January 2020 to move on to the tech world and entrepreneurship. As an experienced interviewer and coach on the whole McKinsey application process, I have helped more than 3,000 people alone in the last year with personal coaching and information products on McKinsey applications (before I joined PrepLounge as a coach).

How can I help you best?

I treat each case individually and offer you tailored coaching based on your background, current status in the application process, timeline, and personal goals.

Generally, my coaching is comprised of three steps:

1. OWN THE APPLICATION

I can help you pass the screening stage and get the invitation for the interviews by working on your cover letter and resume. As a former resume and cover letter screener, I know exactly what McKinsey is looking for in the application documents. In addition, I know how to make referrals work and how to network your way to an interview both from a consultant's perspective as well as from my own personal story back in 2014.

2. ROCK THE MCKINSEY SOLVE (IMBELLUS) GAME

Since November 2019, I have interviewed more than 280 candidates who took the new Solve (Imbellus or McKinsey Problem Solving) Game. Based on their experience and input from game design experts I partnered up with, I have devised strategies on how to prepare and how to take the test that will make your life much easier and improve your scores.

3. ACE THE CASE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE INTERVIEW

After 5 years with the firm, I can tell you exactly how to approach both elements of the McKinsey interview process, the Problem-Solving / Case Interview, and the Personal Experience Interview. 

McKinsey interviews are highly standardized and structured, always consisting of the same types of questions in order to be objective and reduce bias. You can use this to your advantage and I show you how. Learn from my insights into performance drivers and mistakes that I gained in 100s of interviews.

Case interview: I emulate a real-life interview situation testing all relevant dimensions (analytics, creativity, math, communication,…), using only up-to-date McKinsey case material and evaluation metrics.

Instead of learning generic frameworks, you will learn my system consisting of the most important habits for each stage and question of the case. With my habit toolkit, you will be able to solve any McKinsey case, regardless of industry or function.

Our sessions include detailed feedback on strengths and weaknesses as well as actionable improvement advice depending on your stage in the preparation process (from tackling major improvement levers to fine-tuning your performance). I will also send you structured written feedback after each session to summarize your performance, improvement ideas, and tips to improve each dimension on your own between sessions.

Personal experience interview: I will help you prepare and improve the right stories to align your fit with what McKinsey is looking for to make you stand out. I will demonstrate in our simulated mock interviews what stories about Entrepreneurial Drive, Inclusive Leadership, and Personal Impact are suitable and how to tell them in a way that resonates with McKinsey interviewers.

I will show you how to deliver your messages in both types of interviews with the most impact. Apply these techniques to pass this part of the interview easily.

As one of my coachees phrased it: 

In hindsight, I find it hard to imagine a better, more time-efficient, practice. I ended up feeling really confident for the interview and got the offer.

Lastly, our sessions take as long as we need. I am not bound by a 60-minute time window, and usually, they last around 80 to 90 minutes if needed.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

I am looking forward to working with you!

Florian

 

 

Florian's Coaching Package
The McKinsey Rocket - Get the offer
Includes 5 sessions
High-impact McKinsey coaching
5x success rate vs. average
Case and PEI

6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK THIS PROGRAM

  1. I became the #1 McKinsey coach (based on recommendation rate) within the first month of starting on PrepLounge and have kept that spot ever since. Other successful coaches on this platform have bought my McKinsey-specific products to guide their efforts.
  2. With 5 years at McKinsey, I know the recruiting process inside and out. I can help you ace the case interview and the PEI exactly like McKinsey wants you to succeed. My coachees continuously receive feedback from interviewers that they seem to be much better prepared than other candidates.
  3. Interviewing and coaching 100s of candidates, I have developed a system to tackle every McKinsey case and question type successfully, regardless of the context, industry, or functional expertise. You will learn how to think and communicate like a McKinsey consultant and not rely on pre-learned frameworks that would only hurt your performance in the real case. Candidates I mentor for 5 sessions have 5x the average success rate for McKinsey. See the link above for real success and offer rates.
  4. Our sessions do not have a time limit. My cases are 2x as long as the typical McKinsey case interview, which will give you more opportunity to practice and me more observation points for feedback. Basically, each session you book with me is the equivalent of two sessions. I will take as long as you need to get through the case, your questions, and provide detailed feedback. Also, you will get an in-depth feedback sheet after our sessions. In between sessions,  I will provide mentorship and am available for questions of all kinds, usually responding within 1 hour during the day. I am doing this full-time and I am invested in your success!
  5. My approach is 100% tailored to your needs. We can structure the sessions as you like according to your preferences and needs. I have a large library of real McKinsey cases across industries and functions, both typical business cases as well as more creative cases that are increasingly employed during the interviews, covering up-to-date topics such as COVID, sustainability, etc., all with the real associated evaluation metrics. Also, I am happy to prepare tailored cases to fit your needs.
  6. The program includes my McKinsey Imbellus Guide for free (more than 100 pages + Excel templates + video tutorials), which has helped more than 3500 candidates since November 2019 and is based on the feedback of more than 280 test-takers. [VALUE OF EUR 64]

 

FAST TRACK YOUR MCKINSEY PREPARATION AND GET THE OFFER

 

  • SAVE TIME
    • I will tell you what to improve and how to improve right from the start to optimize your preparation and bring you on the right track early-on
    • I will create a tailored preparation plan for in-between sessions for you to work on my feedback
    • I will connect you with my network of coachees that also prepare for McKinsey interviews to make sure you spend your valuable time by practicing only with other strong candidates
  • GET THE OFFER
    • Practice with real McKinsey-like cases, real McKinsey-like feedback, and a real McKinsey interviewer perspective to make sure you are learning the correct skills and habits
    • This program will significantly increase your chances to get an offer with McKinsey as long as you are ready to work hard and able to deal with honest feedback

 

The program includes 5 sessions:

  • 4 real McKinsey-style cases, covering the specific question types that only McKinsey is using. I usually make the case longer so you have more opportunity to practice and I have more observation points for feedback: around 40 to 60 min case and 20-30 min detailed debrief + feedback sheet and performance tracking across sessions
  • 1 personal fit interview simulation, during which we will go through your 3 stories in great detail (3 stories per interview, one for each dimension) and I teach you what to highlight to stand out from the rest
  • Can also be tailored to your specific needs

 

I will show you how to deliver your messages in both types of interviews with the most impact. As one of my coachees phrased it: 

In hindsight, I find it hard to imagine a better, more time-efficient, practice. I ended up feeling really confident for the interview and got the offer.


P.S. für deutschsprachige Kandidaten habe ich spezielle Tipps für McKinsey Deutschland

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February 26, 2021 by Anonymous

Today was my 2nd session with Florian. Florian's coaching has been so effective that I decided to leave a review for the package right now (and I will come back to edit this after every session).

Sessions with Florian are amazing for 5 reasons:
1. He is extremely attentive and gives you very detailed feedback in the form of a Google Sheet. The sheet even contains examples of how you should approach the exact math questions in the case.

2. His coaching is focused on building up the right habits so that you come across as confident and always in control of the case, regardless of what is asked. It will take multiple sessions with peers to truly internalise these habits, but it will undoubtedly be worth it! In between my 2 sessions, I have improved tremendously and am certain that I will be bullet proof by the time we finish our sessions.

3. The cases Florian uses are very well-designed. They are quite difficult and contain many traps. This is extremely beneficial as you will make mistakes and learn how to avoid them in the future.

4. Florian goes above and beyond to help you succeed. He spent an additional 30 minutes with me on my first session to make sure I knew exactly how I performed and what I could do better.

5. He also suggested highly actionable next steps for me to train my structuring skills and internalise the habits he taught during the session outside of peer sessions.

Overall, booking sessions with Florian are definitely worth it, regardless of where you are in your casing journey!

EDIT: Just finished my 3rd session with Florian and I have improved by leaps and bounds. Again, if you're thinking of being coached by Florian, do it!

4 users found this review helpful.
May 18, 2021 by Sophia

I got an offer!!! Florian has been really helpful for this achievement. He explains in detail each part of the case and tells you what you have to improve and some ideas of how you can do it. I recommend Florian to anyone who wants someone to rock their interview

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September 06, 2021 by Anonymous

If you're looking for a flexible coach who gives you more confidence and a structured approach for your upcoming McKinsey interviews, I can most definitely recommend Florian as a coach! His five coaching sessions were exactly what I needed to feel well-prepared for going into the final round of interviews - despite not having too much case experience in advance - and which, in the end, helped me to succeed and get the offer!

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July 25, 2021 by Anonymous

Florian was FANTASTIC and I believe one of the main reasons I was able to pass my R1 McKinsey interview (R2 is coming up soon!). What was great about Florian was that he really gives you a playbook on what to do, say and think throughout the case and provides hyper-tactical and implementable advice. A great bonus is that he provides WRITTEN feedback afterwards (something that other coaches on PrepLounge don't do all of the time - I'm speaking from experience here). Overall, would recommend Florian to anyone who's wanting to go from "good" to "great" (my focus area). (Though I wish I engaged with him earlier to save me time from hours of misguided prep.)

1 user found this review helpful.
March 26, 2021 by Anonymous

I highly recommend Florian as your coach who is professional, genuine and compassionate. One of the first things he asked is whether I have any other engagements later in the day and I knew he will take the time and effort and he did.

During the first mock interview, Florian maintained the stance of an actual interviewer (warm, yet somewhat detached), but his expertise and compassion really showed when he switched mode to provide feedback. Florian provided rules of thumb I can follow, and encouraged me to use it throughout the session. I felt that I learned a lot just after the first session.

After the conclusion of the session Florian sent written feedback detailing steps to follow to present a good structure at an interview and how I did on each of those steps. It will take practice to internalize and translate to actual performance, and I am confident that if I manage to do that I will be able to walk into the interview well prepared. Again, I would highly recommend Florian as your coach.

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