My interview process at McKinsey has begun. I am expecting a phone screening, a case coaching session, an interview round with Principals followed by an interview round with partners (if all goes well). Anyone has any insights on what to expect? Any form tips/suggestions are appreciated. I am going through the experienced hire route and I have applied for the associate role as a generalist.
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Landing the initial interview with MBB as an experienced hire is just the first hurdle. However, it is usually the more difficult one to overcome. This is usually accomplished with efficient networking and a solid story.
Once you land the interview the goal is to knock it out of the park. The bar for experienced hires is usually higher. However, the core skill set for interviewing is essentially the same. The focus will be on case knowledge and fit questions.
Building Case Knowledge for Interviews
The case interview is still the most important stage of the selection process. There are many different resources when preparing for a case interview and the book "Case and Point" is a good resource for building a strong foundation for case interviews.
You can check out Case in Point below on Amazon.
Additionally, Wall Street Oasis has resources to help you ace your interview and land an offer. MBA level casebooks can also be a valuable resource for interview preparation.
Locking down your technical knowledge is one thing and communicating that knowledge in a succinct intelligible manner is another. The quality of your answers is important but delivery is equally important. For that reason, we suggest conducting as many mock interviews as you can. This will help you simulate some of that pressure you experience in an interview.
You can learn more about McKinsey case interviews with the below video from McKinsey.
Preparing for Fit Questions in Consulting Interviews
Fit questions are an inescapable part of the selection process regardless of industry. Fit questions often involve storytelling to communicate your values, principles and professional experience. Having written answers to potential fit questions is a good place to start. Again, delivery is key. So practice delivering your fit answers in a mock interview to hone those skills even further.
- Tell me about a time where you showed leadership
- Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a team member and how you resolved it.
- Tell me about a time you had to convince someone of something where the outcome was very important for your career.
The interview process for an experienced hire is not significantly different than interviews for other recruiting channels. However, you may be pressured more when it comes to your resume. The interviews will still have a strong focus on fit questions and cases.
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