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McKinsey Q&A: Jessica

– Meet Jessica, a senior implementation coach based in Washington, D.C. She joined McKinsey Implementation about a year ago after working as a pediatrician. She loves the opportunities she’s had at McKinsey to broaden and challenge herself, work with diverse colleagues, and balance a full life – continuing to see patients and coach kids’ soccer.

Interviewer: Why did you apply to McKinsey?

Jessica: I enjoyed working as a pediatrician, but I was looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to have a broader impact. When considering different paths, McKinsey stood out as a way to capitalize on my strengths and skills as a physician, build new skills and see different perspectives.

Interviewer: What do you wish you knew when you joined?

Jessica: First, how important it would be to make and maintain connections with colleagues and mentors. There’s always someone else who has done similar work, faced a similar problem or been through a similar situation who is willing to help. Second, don’t underestimate how strong and useful McKinsey’s culture can be. Come in ready to learn and absorb everything.

Interviewer: What have you worked on so far?

Jessica: I have primarily focused in healthcare. We’re doing exciting work to help evolve payment and delivery models for primary care. I’ve used my experience while stretching to better understand the positions of other stakeholders.

Interviewer: What is your favorite thing about McKinsey?

Jessica: My colleagues. It is an honor to work with a group of smart, dedicated, creative, and passionate leaders who are committed to having an impact. My teammates are diverse and we love learning new things from each other every day.

Interviewer: What question are you most frequently asked about McKinsey?

Jessica: My friends often ask me about the lifestyle. I travel but it’s predictable, which allows me to get into a routine, and experiencing new cities is exciting. I also love the flexibility – I work hard when I’m on the road so that I have more time for other things when I’m home.

Interviewer: What is your best interview tip?

Jessica: Spending time to make sure you understand your strengths. During interviews, it’s really important to highlight who you are, how you think, and what you do best.

Interviewer: What are you most passionate about outside of work?

Jessica: Making a difference in the lives of children. I volunteer with agencies that support child care initiatives and see patients from my pediatric practice. I spend a lot of time with my nieces and nephews, who keep me grounded, and coach a kids’ soccer, which gets me outdoors.

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