McKinsey & Company Summer Business Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Sep 1, 2014
Updated Sep 1, 2014
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Summer Business Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

Interview Details

Went through normal campus recruiting cycle; written test was just like they told us. We all took the test together and everyone felt it was very difficult! One interview on campus and a second round in the office location.

Interview Questions
  • Case interviews, nothing out of character; Case in Point was helpful (cliche, but true!)   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
Not able to negotiate; definitely entering as a cog in the system
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Two interviews, both of them walking through a sample case. Everyone was really friendly and did their best to take the pressure off of you. Interviewers were nice, but fair. I thought their hiring methodology is well thought out and developed. The Toronto office is very spacious and the waiting area is well-furnished.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no real unexpected questions, no "brainteasers" or anything stupid like that.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview process was very accommodating and courteous. Fantastic company with a great HR. Passed the phone interview, went to the office for second round. Fit and case interviews with an interviewer. Took the McKinsey test. Fit and case with another interviewer. Final round with MD.

    Interview Questions
    • The cases are the most difficult. They can be about anything. Just have to practice and think quickly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    interviewed at McKinsey & Company in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds. First round was 2 cases. Both were medium to medium hard difficulty. Got through to the second round. Went through three case interviews, one with an associate, one with a fairly senior member, and one with region director. For the second round they give you an interview buddy to help you practice. Cases have similar structure to their online practice cases, which is different from the style done at BCG where I also interviewed. I personally find the McKinsey ones easier because they provide more structure.

    Interview Questions
    • Cases varied in difficulty from medium to hard.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    1. Sent the resume and cover letter through their website
    2. Asked to attend the PST and a small English oral proficiency test (a small and relaxing chat)
    3. Asked to attend the "batch day" when most candidates gather in the office to take the case interview.There will be at least 2 case interviews in one round (45 minutes each, will give you abundant time to take a break between interviews)
    4. After the round of interview, your interviewer will give you feedback immediately and tell you if you pass the round, if not, you can go home directly... (Cruel!!)
    5. If you pass the round, you will be asked to take the next round of interview, same process as above. There will be at least 3 rounds, and I failed in the 2nd round...

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing "unexpected", because the expectation is that the interview will be difficult and unexpected. PST and case interviews are just as what they should be like.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at McKinsey & Company.

    Interview Details

    Recruiting was very detailed: starting with an elaborate information session with multiple alumni. First round was resume screen with additional standardized testing (kind of like an iq test) second round was interviews with managers and above and final round was with partners. The interviews were mostly case interviews although the interviews with partners can be more flexible

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the interview questions were expected, but they can chose to reject your for the smallest mistakes.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Everyone was very nice. Interview consisted of the test and two case studies. Final round was with MD.

    Interview Questions
    • Case studies are the most difficult. Can't really prepare besides a lot of practice   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied through campus career services. Received email indicating that would be invited to first round. First had to take a difficult exam to assess problem solving ability. Then two interviews at the McKinsey office in Philadelphia, where we waited with the other candidates. A very intimidating process. I was informed that I would receive a follow up phone call the next week. The interviewers were not very forthcoming with information about the details of the decision making process.

    Interview Questions
    • What was one time you overcame a challenge and showed leadership?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Online application, numerical test at one European office closest to my place, then flight to the office I applied to, a super-day with 5 interviews.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Summer Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at McKinsey & Company in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Used a contact to get in touch with 2-3 BAs before I sent in a resume. Met the recruiter at an info session. After being selected for 1st round, was given a "prep buddy" who was extremely helpful. There is a PST (problem solving test) first. It's tricky, but apparently just another data point. 1st round interview was at the office, which was very nice. Got a great vibe. Both interviewers were very, very pleasant. Standard behavioral + case format. McK does behavioral slightly differently with the PEI--personal experience interview. They dig very deep into your story. Cases were fairly straight-forward. Advanced to the final round and many people reached out offering help/advice. Final round consister of three 1-hr interviews. 1 was with a director, 2 with associate principals. Got an offer 30 minutes later.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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