Every day, I am surprised and impressed by my colleagues’ incredible achievements, both personal and professional. You have everything from Olympic winners to authors and entrepreneurs.

The People at McKinsey

One of the best things about working in McKinsey is the people. Every day I am surprised and impressed by my colleagues’ incredible achievements, both personal and professional. You have everything from Olympic winners to authors and entrepreneurs. And the firm's culture encourages success and support for colleagues; people here really want their peers to succeed.

Developing professionally

McKinsey has a strength-based development focus. It’s not about being better at what you are not so good at, but about focusing on what you’re already good at and growing those strengths even more.

Driving impact

Impact is a fundamental reason why I decided to join McKinsey and why I continue to enjoy working here. During my internship I first discovered the significant impact our work has for our clients, and sometimes, for broader society. A few weeks after going back to university, I saw a public-sector project that I worked on was featured in Aftenposten; the article talked about how much tax money could be saved because of this project. It was amazing to see that in this case, cost savings actually meant tax savings for people across the whole country.

Work-life balance

The rumors suggest that people at McKinsey work a lot. It is true that you have to make some trade-offs when it comes to work-life balance. But in my experience you can achieve that balance by being open with your team about which things you are not willing to sacrifice. At the beginning of a project, we have conversations within the team to clarify what is important to people. Later, we encourage each other to keep up with that routine.

During my internship, I was preparing to run a marathon and needed a fair amount of time for running sessions every week. By being open and flexible about what time of the day I was running, I was able to make the necessary marathon preparations and have a successful internship.

Interviewing with McKinsey

Spend some time preparing for the interview. Go through a couple of the practice cases on your own or practice solving cases together with friends. It is also a useful exercise to think through some personal situations when you were at your best, so that you have them mentally available for the interviews.

Education

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
MSc, industrial economics and technology management