McKinsey Interview and Other Questions

McKinsey's first round interviews claim that I have a 1-hour multiple choice problem solving test. I was wondering if any of you have experiences with this and, if so, how difficult it was. What sort of materials were covered?

Also, when I applied to McKinsey, I listed an international office as my first choice. However, I now wish to work in New York. Would it be possible to change my preference and would this damage my impression to the firm?

Thanks.

Comments (11)

Jan 5, 2009

can't study for it, don't worry about it.

think thoroughly, rationally, consider implications, and move on.

Jan 6, 2009

easy...

i passed it without much problem

just make sure to keep your pace, answer all questions

Jan 6, 2009

is it a quantitative exam, more an exam made to test your logic?

Jan 6, 2009

Why is McKinsey still hiring so late in the year? I've got a first round also. Anyone know if they are serious about hiring? How tough will it be to get an offer at this point.

Jan 7, 2009

OP seemed to be an international. Are you also outside of the US?

I was talking to a few MBB consultants who were still interviewing (about a month ago), and they said it was kids with connections... and they were mostly just interviewing for waitlist positions. No idea if this applies to you though, likely a different situation.

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Jan 7, 2009

I would ask your recruiter about switching office preferences at your first round interview, unless you have a recruiter contact already. Typically it's difficult to change office preferences because your first round interview selection was dependent partially on those rankings. The best thing to do is discuss with recruiter and feel out the options.

Jan 16, 2009

What does passing entail? 50%?

Jan 17, 2009

At this stage, McK is hiring interns--not full time. So, while the OP didn't mention it, it's a pretty safe bet he's being considered for McK Summer BA program.

"Categorical Imperative: If I cannot look at my mother or my wife in the eyes and explain it, I won't do it" - Some British MD.

Jan 17, 2009

There's no "pass" or "fail"... Use your brain, dude. Your score is taken into consideration, there's no threshold. Anyway, whether you get an offer from McK will depend not on your score but on whether the partners who will interview you think you are worth it.

Btw, their test is a piece of cake in my opinion.

Jan 17, 2009

I can personally tell you that they are still recruiting full time because I have an interview later this month. Whether they're hiring is a different story altogether.

Jan 17, 2009
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"Categorical Imperative: If I cannot look at my mother or my wife in the eyes and explain it, I won't do it" - Some British MD.