I am looking for information on the experienced hire recruiting process at McKinsey and would appreciate any input that you might have.

Let me start with my background.

I graduated in 2008 with an MBA from a top 15 school and started working in corporate finance at a Fortune 50 Corporation. My current role is in a niche area of corp finance and I have significant visibility and decision making power. I have extensive pre-MBA experience in high-tech and a Masters in engineering from a top 5 school. I also have 99 percentile GMAT and GRE scores (mentioning this as I understand that McKinsey does value test scores).

During on-campus recruiting in the fall of 2007, I reached second round with McKinsey but didn't receive an offer. I was interested in the West Coast office, however, all positions in the office were filled up by the time I received an invite for the second round and I ended up interviewing with another office (one that didn't have a high-tech practice). During the recruiting process, I was contacted by an AP in the high-tech practice who was very interested in my background.

It has been 22 months since my last interview with McKinsey and I recently got back in touch with the said AP with my interest in exploring opportunities with the firm. He has now put me in touch with the recruiter responsible for experienced hire recruiting at the firm.

I am looking for guidance on how the experienced hire recruiting process works, whether there has to be a specific opening in an area related to my experience for me to secure an interview and how I could improve my chances of getting an interview/offer.

Thanks in advance.

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Very few people here are qualified to really give you any sort of real guidance. Take it all with a grain of salt.

My instinct would be that there would need to be a specific vacancy for you to proceed in the process, in something related to your background.

"Improving your chances" is no different of a process than it was in b-school. Think about why you failed then and what you can do to improve this time around.

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With "improving my chances", I meant improving my odds to secure an interview, as experienced hire recruiting I assume is more limited and need based as compared to MBA recruiting.


I've been through the experienced hire recruiting process @ McKinsey and got an offer, which I ultimately did not accept. They will only interview you and extend an offer if there is a perceived need for someone with your skill set. You already know what's involved in the interview process. Interviewing as an experienced hire is no different. Prep for cases, resume questions, and behavioral interviews.

Your focus should be on getting the interview. Here are a few things to think about doing:

  1. Reach out to anyone else you know at McKinsey who could send a supportive email to the recruiter. Some of your classmates are probably at McKinsey. Make sure to provide them with a paragraph or a few bullet points that they can pull from or use as context for their comments. Check this out for an example of the kind of info you might include in your paragraph to others: Email Introductions that Generate Job Leads - http://bit.ly/7Qdnj
  2. Is the recruiter on LinkedIn? Check to see if anyone you know knows the recruiter, and have that person send a supportive email.
  3. If you haven't already reached out to the recruiter, send a thoughtful email to him/her expressing your interest in hearing from them and highlighting a few of your key selling points

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