Careers in Switzerland

How to apply

Careers in Switzerland

How to apply

In the interview process, you’ll learn more about our work and culture—and we’ll get to learn more about you and your experiences.

The first step to a career at McKinsey Switzerland is to prepare your application. Simply fill in our online application form and attach your cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of academic transcripts (from high school onward), and letters of reference/certificates from past employment, if any. We accept applications year-round and advise you to send in your application six months before you are ready to start.

McKinsey has two offices in Switzerland. If you are fluent in French but not German, we recommend you select our Geneva office on your application; if you are fluent in German but not French, we recommend you select our Zurich office. For either office, you will need an excellent command of English.

McKinsey follows a one-firm approach when recruiting from many international universities. If you are studying outside of Switzerland please follow the application process relevant to your school.

The interview process

After reviewing your application, we’ll let you know within two weeks whether we would like to invite you for interviews.

An interview is an opportunity to find out whether McKinsey is the right choice for you. You will get an understanding of what consultants do and the kinds of topics we work on.

In the first round of interviews, you will have three one-hour interviews with McKinsey consultants, who will answer your questions, share their perspectives, and test your team skills and ability to solve problems, based on case studies. These case studies are likely to be wide-ranging discussions that assess your approach to situations you may not be prepared for, your problem-solving skills, your intellectual curiosity, and your insight. During interviews, you will have ample opportunity to ask questions about consulting and working at McKinsey.

After the first round of interviews, you will have a lunch break, which will allow you to recharge. Afterward you will receive feedback, and in the case of a successful outcome, you’ll be invited to attend a second round of two interviews later that day. If these final interviews are successful, you’ll receive an offer on the same day.

This process applies to full-time positions, excluding candidates going through the application process on campuses outside of Switzerland. For internships, there is only one round of interviews. If you complete it successfully, you’ll receive an offer on the same day.

How to prepare

We have created a comprehensive set of materials to support your interview preparation. You will find detailed information under “Interviewing,” including a video and tips for interviews. Please note that in our Swiss office, we do not use the McKinsey Problem Solving Test.

Roles at McKinsey

As a generalist, you will apply to a specific role based upon your level of experience and education.

Fellow Analyst—Bachelor’s degree

You will work on one project at a time and learn basic consulting skills. We offer various training programs, the opportunity to pursue an MBA and enjoy flexible working models.

Fellow—Master’s degree

As a fellow, you will participate in one project at a time and have the opportunity to build leadership and problem-solving skills. There are various training programs, the ability to pursue an MBA, PhD or other developmental options, plus flexible working models.

Associate—PhD, MBA or experienced professionals

In this position, you will work on one project at a time and own your own workstream. You can take advantage of various training programs and flexible working models.

Internship—during studies (for all degrees)

You will spend 12 weeks working on two different projects as a member of a team with a clearly defined task and coaching from your team members.

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