McK Oil and Gas Interview

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I'm coming from a rather unconventional background for consulting (Masters in International Affairs) and am going into my second round interview (first round was over the phone) with McKinsey's Oil and Gas Division (I study energy security and policies for the Asia-Pacific).

Does anyone know what I can expect from this interview since I was told this isn't your average management consulting department? How much business concepts would I be expected to understand and use, and which ones would you suggest I learn? As well as any tips on how to prepare.

Thanks!!

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Jun 5, 2011

My only advice: Case in Point by Cosentino... You really don't need more than that. Good luck with your interview

Jun 5, 2011

Agreed with tthy2802, although Case in point goes very deep into his example, he clearly illustrates the mental process and the kind of anwers you need to get to.

Jun 5, 2011

Oil and Gas Division at McKinsey eh. Interesting, wonder if they'd be interested in a petroleum engineer for that position.

Jun 5, 2011

Be able to apply the frameworks and so on, but be ready with a little more value-added if (more likely when) they throw a case at you which is relevant to your energy policy experiences.
I think you'd be surprised the number of folk with experiences you might describe as "unconventional": the summer associates this year at the one McK office I know about include folk from policy backgrounds (the White House, CSIS, etc), medicine, law, and a bunch of other subjects. MBAs aren't even an absolute majority.

Jun 7, 2011

If you speak Arabic or Mandarin, that would be a huge help I would imagine. Otherwise, just ace the case man!

Jun 7, 2011

So would working in oil and gas involve hopping back and forth between your home base and Calgary, Houston, Dubai (and the rest of the middle east), a bunch of African countries, South America and maybe Rio?

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Jun 7, 2011

If you're US centric then a lot of Houston and a bit of Orlando (for trade shows). Otherwise, tons of Dubai, Saudi, Qatar, and if you're honing in on the Asia-Pac region, then lots of China.

Jun 7, 2011

From what I've been told from my first interviewer, the Oil and Gas Division consultants travel the most out of all the divisions. Basically any project that deals with oil and gas in the world, you could potentially be sent there to add onto their local consultants to give more detailed advice and know the technical terms. I do speak an intermediate amount of Chinese and I am fluent in Vietnamese, and have worked in some capacity on the matter for the US Embassy in Beijing. Just not sure what they are looking for, but thanks for the head's up guys. Truly appreciated!

Jun 9, 2011
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