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What we look for

While there’s no exact template for success at McKinsey, our people share some qualities that help make us successful–and that make working here fun.

Personal Impact

We look for people who can develop and implement creative solutions to challenging problems and work well with teams to do it.

Entrepreneurial Drive

We look for people with an entrepreneurial spirit: innovative by nature, always creating new approaches, products, services, and technologies.

Problem Solving Skills

Helping clients solve tough problems and implement solutions requires strong intellectual abilities and rigor as well as a practical sense of what works and what does not.

Leadership Abilities

We seek people who strive to lead themselves, their teams, and their communities, and who can foster effective teamwork to drive results.

Finding your fit

There are a lot of different roles at McKinsey so finding a good fit is a critical step before submitting an application. Not sure where to start? Find roles and opportunities based on your background.

Interview Tips

Getting ready for your interviews

Interviewing helps us to learn about you as a person and a potential colleague, and it helps you to learn more about McKinsey, our people and what you could do here.

We want you to be excited, not anxious, about your interviews. Our interviewers are smart and caring people who are eager to get to know you, answer your questions and help you find your fit at McKinsey. Our advice? Relax, be yourself, take your time, and don’t forget to interview us.

We encourage you to watch the videos below, which describe the elements of our interview process and provide guidance on how to prepare.

Interviewing at McKinsey

Interviewing at McKinsey

Interviewing is a big deal but it’s not as intimidating as you might think. You’ve already impressed us with your application, so take this opportunity to make a personal connection. Get to know your interviewer, ask questions, and above all be yourself.
Experience interview

Experience interview

We like to hear about your experiences—accomplishments and challenges alike—to discover skills that will enable you to thrive at McKinsey. Come prepared to discuss some important experiences in a detailed way, focusing on your specific role and describing the key actions that were critical to success.
Case interview

Case interview

We believe the best way to assess your problem-solving skills is to discuss a real client scenario with you. This helps us understand how you structure tough, ambiguous business challenges, identify important issues, deal with all the implications of facts and data, formulate conclusions and recommendations, and articulate your thoughts in a fast-moving discussion. Our sample interview cases will help you get familiar with the format and test your problem-solving skills. And we’ve supplied some of the logic and thought processes behind the answers to help you practice.

Parting words

Parting words

Practice the case studies. Prepare with a friend. Then take a nice long run, meditate, or do anything that helps you feel calm, confident, and collected. If you feel nervous, remember: we think you have what it takes to join McKinsey. And we’re looking forward to meeting you.

Practice Cases


Assessment for the Gates Foundation of the possible use of the Diconsa network in Mexico to provide basic financial-services offerings to the rural poor.


Designing a product launch of a new flavored sports drink with reduced sugar content to help replace electrolytes for a major beverage company.


Strategic advice and evaluation of acquisition of BioFuture, a leading biologicals start-up, by a major global pharmaceuticals company.

Transforming a national education system

Diagnosis of problems and assessment of ways to improve and transform a country’s national education system.

Problem Solving Test

As part of our recruiting process you may be asked to take a brief test, either online or in person. Depending on the role you apply for, the test may focus on different aspects of your knowledge or abilities. If this applies to the role, you will receive more detailed information in the recruiting process.

One example of this type of test is our McKinsey Problem Solving Test, a multiple-choice test that will demonstrate your analytical skills and is used as a complement to our case interviews. It consists of 26 questions, is based on real McKinsey client cases, and no business background is required. Sample tests of this type are available for download.

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