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Senior Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview

Preliminary Phone screen with case interview and coaching through case process.

First Round, Two Case Interviews and Behavioral Interviews with Associate Partners.

Final Round, Three Case Interviews and Behavioral Interviews with Partners.

Interview Questions

  • Q: How to improve the profits of an African utility company experiencing several down years in a row   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for McKinsey & Company

  1. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Washington, DC (US)).

    Interview

    Two rounds of interviews, with multiple interviews in each round. Each interview consisted of PEI (fit) and a case. The interviews were conducted at McKinsey offices. The recruiter was very helpful and provided a lot of resources

    Interview Questions

    • Each interview consisted of PEI (fit) and a case   1 Answer

  2.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in North Atlanta, GA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (North Atlanta, GA (US)) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Very professional process, McKinsey is very supportive of the entire process.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us how you had to convince someone to accept your opinion   1 Answer
  3.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Los Angeles, CA (US)) in May 2007.

    Interview

    These guys are professionals. They were 100% on top of things throughout the whole process - nothing ever slipped through the cracks. As for the interviews themselves, they were difficult b/c McKinsey gives a case interview and a fit/experience interview in which they are looking for certain evidence that you'll fit in the firm. The cases were too bad, but they definitely had a lot of numbers - dexterity with math is a must. And they push on the fit/experience part just as hard for evidence of accomplishment and leadership.

    Interview Questions

    • It was a question about offer rates and close rates for a sales force in dealing with customers   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No - there is really no negotiating b/c their compensation is set at offer time and then varies to peers only after performance is assessed.


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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Chicago, IL (US)) in January 2007.

    Interview

    Flew to Chicago to have the interview the following day. The interview was scheduled for 7 am and I was 5 hours jet lagged. Still was made to wait for 3+ in the building lobby until it was my turn.

    The interview itself consisted the typical McKinsey case studies with two guys. The first guy was more senior and laid back, while the other was very arrogant and seemed to get done asap.

    Overall the experience was very negative, humiliating actually.

    Interview Questions

    • Estimate size of vehicles fleet in a large city   4 Answers

  5.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company in July 2019.

    Interview

    Two rounds of interviews, each with 3 consultants. First 15 mins personal fit followed by 30 mins case. Very structured and formal interview. You receive feedback the same or the following day.

    Interview Questions


  6.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (London, England (UK)) in November 2016.

    Interview

    2x 60 mins case interviews + personal interviews (1:1 interviews with engagement managers).
    20 mins on personal interviews where you talk about one experience and then 25 mins on a case, structure the problem, then do a quantitative question and then a few minutes for question time.
    The interviewers were really nice, made decision quickly and gave feedback straightaway.

    Interview Questions

    • Leadership experience, describe a time when you had a conflict with someone   1 Answer
    • Describe a time when you had to persuade someone   Answer Question

  7.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warsaw (Poland)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Warsaw (Poland)) in April 2016.

    Interview

    1) A standardized test taken at the company's office; for locations in non-English speaking countries the time available for completing the test is extended.
    2) Experience interview, based mostly on information included in my application documents. Upon this stage the recruiters and I realized that the kind of work McKinsey could expect of me would not likely match my lifestyle choices. Consequently I did not take part in the following stage.
    3) Case interview

    Interview Questions

    • In (2) discussed my accomplishments and challenges faced in the past.   Answer Question
  8.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Munich, Bayern (Germany)) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Entered the interview process with BTO via one of their workshop events. Very nice evening dinner and get to know before the interview day. Two one hour interview in the morning: introduction, 20min personal experience, 20min business case. No surprises here. Advanced to the afternoon with overall positive feedback. Two more interview of the same structure, a bit tougher style of asking. In principle I had a good feeling, but was not good enough unfortunately.

    Interview Questions

    • How would working at McKinsey affect your marriage?   2 Answers

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at McKinsey & Company (Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)) in June 2014.

    Interview

    I got a phone screening. Then, and I got an invite to take a written test at the company offices. The third step was an interview by one of the managers. The interview starts in a pretty relax way, validating your background and checking your interest in Mckinsey. Then, when the cases come, it gets tricky. Two o three cases, in which you're expected to think out loud and communicate your thinking process effectively. Finally, the typical Q&A allotment.

    Interview Questions

    • You are among the engagement team in a client that sells beauty products, specifically hair dyeing kits in China. There are several other brands in the market (exhibits and market data is provided). How should go on consulting this client on launching a new product line to better compete?   1 Answer

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