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– When I came to McKinsey, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t have a business degree from a top–tier university. My apprehension quickly turned to excitement as I’ve been welcomed, challenged and empowered to be at my best.

My passion: helping others find theirs

I also didn’t fully understand the power of McKinsey until the messages started rolling in from my co–workers, family and friends congratulating me on joining the firm. I remember reading the welcome materials on my first day and being in awe of the tangible difference McKinsey makes in the world – helping entrepreneurs grow their start–ups, teaching CEOs leadership skills, developing literally life–saving apps and working on eradicating Polio. I was excited to be a part of that – helping others join the firm, take their careers to the next level, and pursue their passions.

My role at McKinsey is relatively new: I recruit candidates for our New Ventures team, mostly in our data science and data engineering paths for McKinsey solutions like Journey Analytics, Healthcare Analytics & Delivery, and Ingenuity. New Ventures is a collection of 50+ McKinsey startups focused on building next–gen products and solutions. This group is growing at astounding speed, and that has challenged everyone on my team to work harder, smarter, and more cohesively.


The level of collaboration: inspiring

When I started, I scheduled 15–minute calls with key people in recruiting to make sure I was as effective and efficient in my role as possible. I sent invitations to other McKinsey recruiters who focused on campus, digital, operations, etc., and to our client–serving teams on the ground. Most of them had no reason to accept my call requests, as we would rarely work together on searches.

Every single person accepted my invitation, took ample time to speak with me, and taught me something new about McKinsey. Feeling comfortable reaching out to colleagues and knowing they’d share their time and knowledge was inspiring. It speaks to the level of collaboration and professionalism of our organization.

Paying it forward

Now, I try to pay that gift of time and coaching forward. I recently started sharing my experiences on LinkedIn more actively in hopes of helping job seekers search, apply and interview for jobs – inside and outside of McKinsey. At its core, recruiting is about helping people achieve their goals. For many, McKinsey is a not a stop along the path; it’s the destination. I love being a part of that journey.

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About Steve

Steve joined McKinsey in April 2017 as a New Ventures senior recruiter. His primary duties involve attracting and engaging experienced talent in data science, data engineering and software engineering paths.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Steve led recruiting for multiple client groups at QuintilesIMS (formerly IMS Health). He began his career recruiting for a niche technology staffing agency and helped the company double its size and revenue in his first two years.

Steve is an active contributor on LinkedIn, publishing frequent articles that address a variety of personal and professional topics. His recent post, “Making it to the top” received 3.3 million views, and has been shared in multiple languages.

A native of central Pennsylvania, Steve lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Amy. He received his master’s degree from Drexel University, and is an avid writer, foodie, and sports connoisseur.

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