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:
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.
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
As a complement to our case interview, we might ask you to take a multiple-choice test to demonstrate your analytical skills. It consists of 26 questions, based on real McKinsey client cases, with no business background required.