I had first rounds at McKinsey last week. Made it through but I think my PEI answers were the weak point. Although I knew that would go in depth I wasn't really prepared for how much and I had to spend way too much time thinking and trying to recall details.
I'd like to make a list of standard PEI type questions that I should work on strong answers for. So far I can think of:
-Tell me about a time you lead a team (through a conflict/to achieve and difficult goal/through a crisis)
-Tell me about a time you dealt with a conflict/crisis/difficult member/whatever on a team (difference between the first one being that here you don't necessarily have to be in a real leadership position, at least thatw as my interpretation)
-Tell me about a time when you failed at something
-Tell me about a time when you achieved a difficult goal (I take this one to be individual whereas the top one is team)
-Tell me about a time that you changed someone's mind
-Tell me about a time that you managed upwards
-Tell me about a time that you did something innovative
I get the feeling that McKinsey doesn't really go with things like 'what are your strengths/weaknesses?'. Their questions all seem to ask to discuss a specific scenario.
Anyone got any to add?