McKinsey & Company Interview Questions

Updated 25 Sep, 2014
Updated 25 Sep, 2014
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    Summer Interview

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    I applied online - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    1st round, 2 case interviews, they asked about tell us a team you lead a team and did something great,. the 2nd person asked about tell us a time you worked with a team and turned out great. and got 2 case itnerviews about market entry and competition.

    Interview Questions
    • 1st person asked about team work, 2nd person asked about leadership   View Answer
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Toronto, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    My hiring process was no traditional. I am a MSc student, and applied for their summer insight program and was recruited for a full time interview through that application.

    The interview was straight forward and as expected. I didn't receive an offer because my insights were not straight forward and my follow up explanations were not super clear. Make sure you have a clear explanation for everything you say.

    Interviewers are very supportive, and appreciate the amount of time it takes to prepare for the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you worked in a group and had to resolve conflict.
      Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new/take on a new challenge in a short time period.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

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    Two interviews, both of them walking through a sample case. Everyone was really friendly and did their best to take the pressure off of you. Interviewers were nice, but fair. I thought their hiring methodology is well thought out and developed. The Toronto office is very spacious and the waiting area is well-furnished.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no real unexpected questions, no "brainteasers" or anything stupid like that.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Toronto, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Was interviewing after deciding to make a career switch. I have a professional degree and was more than qualified. Didn't buy it, were not receptive. The interview process is very stiff.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Graduate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Montreal, QC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got an interview for the Toronto office. I had two interviews one after another. The interviews were very relaxed. They first asked me to tell them something about myself, then continued with question on leadership and a situation when i had to convince someone. After that, it was the case.

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    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Two rounds of interviews. First round consisted of two consecutive 1-hour interviews, followed by the problem solving test. Second round was one week later, and consisted of four interviews with more senior consultants. Same-day results. Overall the process was challenging but very rewarding. The tone was positive and supportive at all steps.

    Interview Questions
    • The math questions can be tricky, and the cases can be somewhat complex, especially in later rounds. Over all interviews I was only asked a single standard interview question ("Why do you want to work here?").   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 months - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Very good communication. Had a phone interview, followed by a first round with PST. Final rounds were with partners. Partner cases were alot less structured and functioned more like a conversation

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Toronto, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    They contacted me well in advance, assigned me a current consultant as an interview mentor, and sent me plenty of material to prepare me for the evaluation process. It was very relaxed, yet VERY detailed.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you took a risk. Don't just provide the basics: they keep asking and prodding to understand every aspect of your decision making process.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Standard McKinsey interview process... Apply in early September and get an email a week or two later saying you've made it to the first round.
    First round was that same week, consisting of a problem solving test and two on campus interviews back to back. The interviews were 20 minutes of behavioral + a 40 minute case.
    Results were phoned back with feedback that weekend.
    Two weeks later you go to the office you applied to and interview with some of the senior people in the office that day (in my case 3 interviews, back to back to back followed by lunch with the office, though I've heard of 4 or 5 interviews). These interviews are of the same format as the earlier ones, just with harder and more in depth questions.
    Phone call that same evening with results.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me of a time you showed leadership (or whatever, they always ask about the pillars of McKinsey which are on their website). Ok, tell me another one. Cool, tell me another one. Ok, maybe one more. Now, let's go back to the first one (and talk about it for 30 minutes)"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, pay for BAs is standardized.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed in 2013 August. Being a PhD candidate, I went through a Problem Solving Test (PST) which comprised of multiple math questions after reading a business case. The test is pretty intense but with enough amount of practice and attention to details, you could pass it easily. After the PST, there was a group interview, where I was put in a room with 5 other candidates. A consultant walked in to give us guidance on "how to do a case" but in actual fact, he asked us case interview questions about exhibits and each of us had to provide insights on the exhibit. It would be unfortunate if you are the last to be asked as there is really limited insights in one exhibit. However, they switch up the answering order for subsequent questions so it is fair for everyone. I was later called that afternoon to be informed that I did extremely well for my PST and I passed that screening round.
    I was then invited to the first round interview where there were two interviewers. Each started with a behavioral interview and ended with a case interview. It was not super complex and you do not have to know complicated formulas. The calculations may have obscure numbers to work with. It is generally a pressure test and to see if you are "smooth".

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me what was your greatest achievement. This question is seemingly easy, but my feedback was that they are looking for something that is really impressive and engaging.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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