Interviewing

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Get ready for your interviews

Interviewing is a two-way process—it helps us learn about you as a potential colleague, and helps you learn about McKinsey and what you could do here. Overall, we look for personal impact, entrepreneurial drive, inclusive leadership, and problem solving, and we recognize there are many ways to acquire those skills.

What we look for

While there’s no template for success at McKinsey, our people share some qualities that help make us successful–and that make working here rewarding.

During your interview, we'll ask you to share examples from your personal experiences. Some interviewers will use the exact language below, while some will use their own words. Your responses to these questions allow us to understand your accomplishments and challenges beyond your CV and discover skills that will help you thrive at McKinsey.

We suggest that you prepare two personal examples to demonstrate your skills in these areas. During your interview, you should speak in a conversational style about your examples and share details about the challenges, goals, and actions you took to create change.

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Thousands of talented colleagues around the world bring their skills, experience, and perspectives to McKinsey’s internal roles to make meaningful impact and keep the firm operating at its best.

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