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What we look for

While there’s no exact template for success at McKinsey, our people share some qualities that help make us successful–and that make working here fun.

Personal Impact

Working with clients on their toughest issues requires the involvement and support of many individuals. Interacting effectively with people, sometimes in challenging situations, is key to creating positive, enduring change.

Entrepreneurial Drive

Overcoming obstacles and achieving goals requires an innovative mindset, an openness to new approaches, and a continuous quest for learning and growth.

Problem Solving Skills

Helping clients solve tough problems and implement solutions requires strong intellectual abilities and rigor, as well as a practical sense of what works and what does not.

Inclusive Leadership

Harnessing the power of diverse thinking to drive results requires the ability to lead teams of people with different backgrounds and create a sense of belonging where everyone can be at their best.

Finding your fit

There are a lot of different roles at McKinsey so finding a good fit is a critical step before submitting an application. Not sure where to start?

Interview Tips

Getting ready for your interviews

Interviewing helps us to learn about you as a person and a potential colleague, and it helps you to learn more about McKinsey, our people and what you could do here.

We want you to be excited, not anxious, about your interviews. Our interviewers are smart and caring people who are eager to get to know you, answer your questions and help you find your fit at McKinsey. Our advice? Relax, be yourself, take your time, and don’t forget to interview us.

To gain a better understanding of what makes someone successful at McKinsey, visit our Careers Blog. We also encourage you to watch the videos below, which describe the elements of our interview process and provide guidance on how to prepare.

Interviewing at McKinsey

Interviewing is a big deal but it’s not as intimidating as you might think. You’ve already impressed us with your application, so take this opportunity to make a personal connection. Get to know your interviewer, ask questions, and above all be yourself.

McKinsey Problem Solving Game

We created the McKinsey Problem Solving Game, set in an abstracted, natural environment to help you demonstrate problem-solving skills in a more interesting way than a traditional question-and-answer format. We developed the game with a team at Imbellus and candidates in more than 30 countries have played it. No prior business or gaming knowledge needed.

Experience interview

We like to hear about your experiences—accomplishments and challenges alike—to discover skills that will enable you to thrive at McKinsey. Come prepared to discuss some important experiences in a detailed way, focusing on your specific role and describing the key actions that were critical to success.

Problem solving interview

We believe the best way to assess your problem-solving skills is to discuss a real client scenario with you. This helps us understand how you structure tough, ambiguous business challenges, identify important issues, deal with all the implications of facts and data, formulate conclusions and recommendations, and articulate your thoughts in a fast-moving discussion. Our sample interview cases will help you get familiar with the format and test your problem-solving skills. And we’ve supplied some of the logic and thought processes behind the answers to help you practice.

Expertise interview

Each role may require its own area of technical or domain expertise, and interviews are tailored to best evaluate your mastery of that domain. Your interview could include coding tests and project discussions with product engineers, portfolio reviews with other designers, or discussions about coaching and agile methodologies with our agile coaches. Your recruiter will explain what you can expect for your role and how best to prepare.

Parting words

Practice the case studies. Prepare with a friend. Then take a nice long run, meditate, or do anything that helps you feel calm, confident, and collected. If you feel nervous, remember: we think you have what it takes to join McKinsey. And we’re looking forward to meeting you.

Practice Cases

Diconsa

Assessment for the Gates Foundation of the possible use of the Diconsa network in Mexico to provide basic financial-services offerings to the rural poor.

Electro-Light

Designing a product launch of a new flavored sports drink with reduced sugar content to help replace electrolytes for a major beverage company.

GlobaPharm

Strategic advice and evaluation of acquisition of BioFuture, a leading biologicals start-up, by a major global pharmaceuticals company.

Transforming a national education system

Diagnosis of problems and assessment of ways to improve and transform a country’s national education system.

Tests

As part of your recruiting process, you may be asked to take one of our tests, depending on the role for which you apply. Conducted either in person or online, the test typically focuses on aspects of your knowledge or abilities, such as technical or coding skills or problem-solving skills.

One example is our McKinsey Problem Solving Game, also called the Imbellus assessment. This gamified assessment tests your intrinsic problem-solving skills. No preparation is required for this game. In fact, although some companies offer what they call “coaching,” you do not need to spend time or money on them.

Another example is our multiple-choice McKinsey Problem Solving Test, which complements our problem-solving interviews. Its 26 questions are based on real client cases, and no business background is required. Sample tests are available below for download.

For technical roles, you may be asked to complete a test focusing on your technical or coding abilities. These tests include programming challenges to determine your fluency in your preferred coding language.

You will receive more detailed information from your recruiter if the assessment process for your role requires a test.

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