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How to apply

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 online application on our website. Your application should include the following:

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

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

Step 2: Complete the Problem-Solving Game

After reviewing your application, we will let you know if you progressed to the next step. If we invite you to meet us, we will ask you to complete the McKinsey Problem-Solving Game first.

This assessment helps us assess your problem-solving skills and understand how well you would perform as a McKinsey employee. The test does not require a specific academic or professional background or preparation.

Step 3: Participate in the interview process

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

  • First, we will focus on your experience and ask you to talk about yourself, your achievements, and the skills you have developed. We will ask you to describe important events in your life and explain the steps you took to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Second, we will you to discuss a case study. This will be a wide-ranging two-way discussion, and you will be assessed on your approach to solving the problem more than on the solution you propose. No specific business knowledge is necessary.
  • Third, we will 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, we will invite you to a second round of two interviews (if you are applying to be a business analyst or a business associate intern) or four interviews (if you are applying to be a junior associate or an associate).

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