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McKinsey & Company Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a McKinsey & Company job interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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Tell me about a personal achievement, not related to work, which you are proud of.

Interviewers ask this behavioral question to get you to loosen up and get out of interview mode. Your answer will help them see how relatable you are and clue them into your passions, hobbies, and interests. Feel free to share the hobbies which make you seem affable. Find relatable points of common interest. Having interests in common with your clients can go a long way in establishing work/client relationships. The less guarded you are about your personal life, the more it shows you'll be able to foster interpersonal work relationships. Your interviewer will consider this when evaluating your fit into the team.

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35 McKinsey & Company Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. Tell me about a personal achievement, not related to work, which you are proud of.

  • Behavioral

    2. How can McKinsey and Company motivate you?

  • Behavioral

    3. Do you consider yourself a persuasive person?

  • Behavioral

    4. How do you weigh and implement the feedback you receive on client projects towards your professional growth?

  • Behavioral

    5. What do you think makes a good management consultant?

  • Communication

    6. Why do companies need consultants?

  • Communication

    7. How would you explain the management consulting industry to someone unfamiliar with it?

  • Communication

    8. What is your approach when entering an emotionally charged situation?

  • Compatibility

    9. What do you believe is the most important service we offer at McKinsey and Company?

  • Compatibility

    10. Provide one of your greatest strengths and one of your weaknesses.

  • Compatibility

    11. How would you contribute to the profitability of McKinsey and Company?

  • Compatibility

    12. Who are McKinsey and Company's biggest competitors, and how do we stand apart?

  • Compatibility

    13. Our best consultants continually grow and learn. What have you done to expand your knowledge in the past three months?

  • Competency

    14. Who are our clients at McKinsey and Company?

  • Competency

    15. How do you keep a leading edge on the latest developments and trends in our industry?

  • Conflict

    16. Give me an example of a conflict that occurred in one of your teams, and describe how you managed it.

  • Customer Service

    17. What is the most challenging client issue you've faced this year? How did you overcome the situation?

  • Diligence

    18. What have you done in the last few months to fortify your professional network?

  • Diversity

    19. Describe a time you had to work in a group of people with different backgrounds.

  • Experience

    20. What are the components of a successful and effective presentation?

  • Experience

    21. How do you learn the company culture of a new client when taking on their project?

  • Experience

    22. How do you manage the lifecycle of your projects, ensuring on-time deliverables and deadlines?

  • Experience

    23. As a management consultant, who is your ideal client?

  • Experience

    24. Which management tools have you employed in your career?

  • Experience

    25. What steps do you take when researching a new market or industry?

  • Experience

    26. What do you believe are the most critical KPIs for a management consulting firm to consider?

  • Job Satisfaction

    27. How does a career in management consulting fulfill and satisfy you?

  • Job Satisfaction

    28. Of the many industries McKinsey and Company works with, which of our client industries interests you the most?

  • Leadership

    29. Have you ever supervised or trained junior consultants?

  • Leadership

    30. How would you describe your leadership style?

  • Problem Solving

    31. How do you react when your team misses a deadline?

  • Problem Solving

    32. What makes you an outstanding problem solver?

  • Problem Solving

    33. How will you overcome the toughest challenges you anticipate in this job?

  • Problem Solving

    34. How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?

  • Teamwork

    35. Tell me about a time you had to collaborate with a colleague with whom you did not see eye-to-eye. How did you ensure your success?