Interview process

Interviewing with McKinsey allows:

  • us to learn more about your skills and experience so that we can determine your suitability for a career at our firm
  • you to meet our people and learn more about what we do to make the right career choice

We want you to be excited—not anxious—about your interviews. Our interviewers are smart and caring people who are eager to find your strengths, especially in unexpected places. While we don't want you to over-prepare for these interviews, you can review our supporting materials here.

What you can expect in the interviews

While there is slight variation across some offices or roles, there are typically three elements to our assessment process:

  • SHL Test

    As part of the interview selection process, selected candidates will be asked to complete an online assessment of verbal and mathematical reasoning. The 1-hour test can be taken in the convenience of your home. We will offer a practice test prior to the actual test.

    More information on the SHL test can be found here.

  • Experience Interview

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

  • Case Interview

    We believe the best way we can assess your problem-solving skills is to discuss a real McKinsey business problem with you, to help us understand how you:

    • structure a tough, often ambiguous, business problem
    • decide which issues are important to focus on
    • deal with facts and data—and their implications (numerical and otherwise)
    • formulate conclusions and recommendations to solve the problem
    • articulate your thoughts during a fast moving discussion

More in this section

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 prep

Hear from McKinsey people on how they approached the interview process, what they liked, what made them nervous, and what they wished they'd known.more