McKinsey First Round Interview Feedback

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I had my McKinsey screening interview today and I received a mail from a recruiter asking me for time to discuss my interview feedback tomorrow?

specifically the mail asked for a "quick call with you tomorrow to discuss how the interview went"

What does this likely mean?

Do they usually discuss feedback with successful candidates?

My guess is I think not, as successful candidates are usually told the next steps right?

This has been a dream of mine and I do know that I'll know tomorrow. However, any light that you can throw on this matter can help alleviate some amount of anxiety!

Thanks for your help

McKinsey Interview Feedback Call

While our users shared that a feedback call is generally a neutral or positive sign, the OP @MCKANON shared that the call was a rejection. This means that a feedback call be any result. We review our users' experiences below.

mtnmmnn - Private Equity Principle:

It's normal and they will definitely discuss feedback with successful candidate. I remember after the first round, one of the guy who interviewed gave a me a call and told me the good news (I was going to the final round) in like 8 seconds and then gave me feedback on my case study for like 20 minutes. It was very very helpful.

Emous:

Very common to get feedback after your interviews, regardless of whether or not you made it. If you made it to the next round, USE THE FEEDBACK. A LOT. They will judge you on how well you take/action on feedback.

User @Nohelp2015 shared that you should focus on the feedback regardless of the result:

Nohelp2015:

Just one thing, prepare yourself to listen to the feedback and to ask more questions about how you did whatever the news is.

What I mean is, that if you receive a good news you might just want to celebrate and forget to ask what you could improve. And it works the other way too, if you receive a bad news you will want to end the call as soon as possible. Instead listen and keep asking questions, you could be finding value in the feedback.

If the response is negative, the call is also an opportunity to network, ask his number/mail, add him on linkedin... and later you can ask him for advice, send your resume, etc.

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Comments (13)

Aug 12, 2015

Not necessarily, but yes, this looks good.

"I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature."

Aug 12, 2015

I would say a call rather than an automated denial email is a good sign.

Aug 12, 2015

This could just be someone not related to the hiring process asking questions about the interview experience so they can improve upon it in the future. I don't think its a bad thing or a good thing, but i guess you would find out tomorrow.

Aug 12, 2015

It's normal and they will definitely discuss feedback with successful candidate. I remember after the first round, one of the guy who interviewed gave a me a call and told me the good news (I was going to the final round) in like 8 seconds and then gave me feedback on my case study for like 20 minutes. It was very very helpful.

Aug 12, 2015

I would say this is neutral. Good luck!

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Aug 12, 2015

Very common to get feedback after your interviews, regardless of whether or not you made it. If you made it to the next round, USE THE FEEDBACK. A LOT. They will judge you on how well you take/action on feedback.

Aug 13, 2015

Hello,

I agree with Emous. The feedback is common regardless if you were good or bad. Just one thing, prepare yourself to listen to the feedback and to ask more questions about how you did whatever the news is.

What I mean is, that if you receive a good news you might just want to celebrate and forget to ask what you could improve. And it works the other way too, if you receive a bad news you will want to end the call as soon as possible. Instead listen and keep asking questions, you could be finding value in the feedback.

If the response is negative, the call is also an opportunity to network, ask his number/mail, add him on linkedin... and later you can ask him for advice, send your resume, etc.

Both cases happened to me.... just saying...

Aug 13, 2015

Okay, just off the call with the recruiter. Didn't work out.

I was told that I was articulate and everything but my background wasn't as good a fit as they would like.

So that is that.

Thank you all for your responses!

Aug 13, 2015

Just curious- is this for a BA role from undergrad?

Aug 13, 2015

It is a strange feedback because your background was probably good enough for the screening interview and usually they don't really care about the background if you do a good interview.

Could you tell us more about "my background wasn't as good a fit as they would like" ? Did you ask them to tell you why it wasn't a good fit?

If you give more information, people here can try to help you to improve your story telling...

Aug 13, 2015

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Aug 13, 2015

This was a BA role for an experienced hire.

Maybe I did badly in the interview and the recruiter was trying to be polite?

The exact words were "You had great energy, you have great experience but unfortunately we were looking for someone with more experience in application development and management!"

The role was for a BTO office Analyst Position (Application development and management) and following are my qualifications:

Education:

University of Oxford (Said) - Master of Science - Major Programme Management
Master of Technology - Robotics - (8.78/10) Rank 3/16
Bachelor of Engineering

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Project Mgmt. Professional (PMP(r))
Project Risk Mgmt. Professional (RMP(r))
ITIL(r) V2 / V3 Expert
APMG Change Management Practitioner
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA(r))
Cert. Information Systems Sec. Prof. (CISSP(r))
Cert. Information Systems Manager (CISM(r))
Cyber Resilience Foundation (Resilia(r))

Highlights of my career include:

  • Coordinating the team that delivered work package AX324- An enterprise class network for the Dubai International Airport - Terminal 3.
  • Coordinating the delivery of seven IT projects as a part of a reform and modernization programme for Dubai Customs, components of a larger programme to realize Sheikh Mohammed's "Economic Vision of Dubai 2015".
  • Delivering a "reengineered" PMO for the department of municipal affairs, Abu Dhabi, that now handles a 1.9bn AED portfolio for the emirate which was then integrated with the a customized project management software tool - the implementation was the first of its kind in the public sector in the world.
  • Being a part of the team, in Dubai Customs, that attempted to design an IT software system to support the introduction of VAT tax into the emirate of Dubai. This program was ultimately shelved due to poor timing and planning.

Honestly, I felt that my profile was a good fit (with significant ADM experience) but my interview experience was no where close to the image McKinsey projects outside.

How do they chose the person doing the screening?

IMHO, the person who interviewed me seemed tired and uninterested.

She kept nagging me to disclose the top 3 vulnerabilities in an IT security assessment that I conducted for an oil giant. I explained them in the best way I could without violating the terms of engagement and most importantly, I knew that these vulnerabilities could still exist.

The original recruiter couldn't reach my number and 10 minutes after she was due to call me, she mailed me asking me to call her "as the phones in the office seemed to have an issue"

I had to call back at my own cost - both times - including the time when I was told that I wasn't a good fit.

The caller got the time conversion from EST to BST wrong by an hour.

Though I feel sad that I blew this opportunity, I don't want to blame my circumstances and I am hopeful that if try again (harder) I might make it.

I just feel disappointed that I had begun my prep on case interviews and on PSTs and whenever I look at the mountain of notes I've made..it seems like I put the cart before the horse.

By getting to this stage, at least one set of variables have been resolved, that my CV, covering letter and credentials merit MBB's time and an interview.

All the best to others on their quest!

Aug 13, 2015
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