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Ready for a career that makes the most of your strengths and interests? Here are resources to help you put your best foot forward.

Step 1: Apply online

The first step to becoming a consultant at McKinsey Portugal is to prepare your application. It should include the following:

  • A letter explaining why you are interested in consulting, and McKinsey Portugal in particular
  • Your curriculum vitae, covering your academic career, internships, professional experience, stays abroad, extracurricular activities, and hobbies

We accept applications for consulting positions all year round. You need to be fluent in Portuguese and have an excellent command of English.

Step 2: Problem-solving test

After reviewing your application, we’ll let you know if you progressed to the next step. If we invite you to come and see us, we’ll ask you first to complete a written problem-solving test.

The problem-solving test is a multiple-choice test based on business cases, and takes about an hour to complete. It helps us assess your problem-solving skills and understand how well you would perform as a McKinsey consultant. The test does not require a specific academic or professional background or preparation.

Step 3: The interview process

After analyzing your test results, you will be invited to participate in a set of individual interviews with various McKinsey consultants. The interview process consists of two rounds of interviews. Each interview lasts 1 hour and consists of three parts:

  • First, we focus on your experience and ask you to talk about yourself, your achievements, and the skills you’ve developed. We ask you to describe important events in your life and explain the steps you took to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Second, we ask you to discuss a case study. This will be a wide-ranging two-way discussion, and you’ll be assessed more on your approach to solving the problem than on the solution you propose. No specific business knowledge is required.
  • Third, we give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about McKinsey or the Lisbon office.

At the end of each interview round, you will receive feedback from the interviewers and information on the next steps. If you complete the first round of two interviews successfully, you’ll be invited to a second round of two interviews (if you are applying as a business analyst) or four interviews (if you are applying as a junior associate or associate).

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