What we look for

Around McKinsey you'll find common qualities in our people such as:

  • passion, dedication and energy
  • commitment to high standards and core values
  • entrepreneurial spirit
  • interesting personal hobbies and pursuits

These are just a few of the qualities that make our people and our clients successful… and make working at McKinsey fun.

There are four aspects we consider as we look for new people to join the firm:

Personal impact

We look for people who can develop and implement creative solutions in the face of challenging goals—and often differing opinions, personalities, and backgrounds. Skills in interacting with people in sometimes tough situations are critical to driving distinctive client impact.

Entrepreneurial drive

We look for people with an entrepreneurial spirit—who are innovative by nature, and always working to create new approaches, products, services, and technologies. Our consultants constantly strive to deliver distinctive client service. To achieve this while handling multiple stakeholders and often tight deadlines requires outstanding energy, determination, and judgment.

Problem-solving skills

McKinsey consultants help clients solve tough problems in their businesses and implement the solutions. This not only requires strong intellectual abilities and rigor, but it also requires a good, practical sense of what works and what does not work in complex organizations.

Leadership abilities

We look for people who strive to lead—lead themselves, their teams, their communities—and can  foster effective teamwork in order to drive results for clients and positive change in complex organizations.

We thrive when our teams are made up of people from different backgrounds, cultures, genders, education, training, interests, and skills and all have a common base of these four important qualities. And you can thrive by joining us.

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