Thursday, October 22, 2009

Good News with McKinsey

Made it through to round 2 of McKinsey Interviews!!! I was a sweating it the entire day and getting a little nervous after having not received an email, but they must have been working pretty hard to get the notifications out because it was after 10 o'clock when the email finally came.

McKinsey is really pretty great about making sure you are supported through the interview process. They set you up with a buddy to answer questions about McKinsey and the interview process, they organize a series of practice phone calls to make sure you get some additional case practice, and they provide you the contact information for other candidates who have moved on so that you can organize practice sessions with those individuals.

I am really pretty excited about the opportunity and am anxious to start trying to get a little bit more MECE! I think that I really have the ability to do well in the next rounds and am re-motivated to start hitting cases pretty hard. There is definitely a distinctive style for McKinsey cases so it will be important to work within the context of those cases.

On a sadder note, it doesn't look like Booz & Company will move my application forward...I am going to have a conversation next week to get some feedback, but I have a feeling it is just a general bias towards not hiring PhD's as they didn't place any emphasis on recruiting that particular skill-set...I'll give you a more definitive answer once I receive one myself.


  1. Congratulations! Good luck with the next round and keep us posted as always..
    Chandra (hope you remember from the practice case session on wednesday)

  2. Chandra, Great to meet you the other of luck in your endeavors to pursue a career in consulting!

  3. congratulations!

    I also finished my 1st round with McKinsey today. You are right, time is the biggest issue. You can't really spend too long at any question. Pick an answer and move on.

    I was told results will be sent by Monday. Too bad I have to spend the weekend wondering it. We only have 16 candidates and I don't know what is the percentage of getting into the next round.

  4. Mx, based on my experience, ~50 of the 200-250 people that took the test over the last 2 days moved on to the next round. From these numbers, I would guess 3 or 4 of your 16 would move on.