Interview prep

Through our interview process, we are excited to get to know you—and to help you get to know us. We also want to help you feel confident and prepared in sharing your talents with us.


Tips for a successful interview

  • Relax. Although it's easier said than done, you will perform better if you are relaxed. Our interviewers are friendly, fair, and fun, and they want you to succeed.
  • Be yourself. There is no “typical” McKinsey hire—we all come from a variety of backgrounds. Be yourself in your interview—we are excited to meet you.
  • Take your time. Do not feel rushed to respond to questions before having time to think them through. Ask your interviewer for a moment to think or to clarify anything you do not understand.
  • Don't forget to interview us. Get something out of it for yourself. Ensure you take time to ask questions, get to know your interviewers, and get a feel for our work, our people, and our values.

Practice cases

We’ve made sample interview cases available so you can familiarize yourself with the format, as well as test your problem-solving approaches. For each one we’ve supplied some logic and thought processes behind the answers to help you practice for the actual experience.


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


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


Strategic advice and evaluation of acquisition of BioFuture, a leading biologicals startup, by a major global pharmaceuticals company.more

Transforming a national education system

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

Practice problem solving tests

You can download the following practice tests—including analyses of the answers—and a test coaching guide to help you prepare.


McKinsey App

Our McKinsey problem solving practice test app lets you take 3 practice tests on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. For iOS For Android

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What we look for

A focus on personal impact, entrepreneurial drive, and problem-solving skills are three aspects we look for in new hires.more

Interview process

Come prepared to discuss your skills and experience using both the case study and the personal experience portions of the interview.more