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McKinsey NA interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for NA role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test HR Interview Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I took help from my seniors for preparing the resume regarding points to be included and subsequent revisions and formatting. I mentioned about the academic scores of +2 and college, qualities, achievements, special interest in dancing and athletics, position of responsibility in school and college.
150 students applied for written test.
Round 2

Test

Interview Experience
Written test consisted of 2 sections.

1st section consisted of a one page paragraph. Students were asked to write a summary of it within 150 words and to give a suitable title to their summary. The time allotted for the same was 30 minutes.

2nd section had multiple choice questions. The questions were mostly from class 11th and 12th syllabus. Total time allotted was 90 minutes for the same.

10 questions from verbal ability (questions related to sentence correction and verbal reasoning)
20 questions from quantitative ability (topic included were Profit/Loss, % increase or decrease, data interpretation)
Business General Knowledge (questions were based on current affairs of companies like mergers, major projects undertaken by them etc.)
56 students got selected after the written round.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It was a one on one interview .It lasted for 10-15 min. Following questions were asked:

1) Tell me about yourself and your family.
2) Why aren’t you pursuing post-graduation?
3) What is the difference between McKinsey Knowledge Centre and McKinsey & Company?
4) Are your parents fine with the break you are taking in your studies?
5) Why do you think we offered you the post of Junior Analyst and not that of a team leader?

Questions based on my resume were also asked. Since my core area of study is Maths (H), almost all the questions in the interview round (including the case study to a certain extent) were from my core subject areas.
Round 4

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
It was again one on one round. My question consisted of two parts. In the 1st part, they wanted to see my thought process and logical reasoning skills and the 2nd part included numbers mainly to check my calculations.

They asked me to choose a mall of my choice and then gave me the case situation as:

Suppose you were to open a PVR Cineplex in the particular mall then answer the following questions:

What all things will you consider?
Estimate the profits for the first year of operation.
In the 1st part I told them I would consider:

The demographics of the people who visit the mall (age/financial background/social strata)
This would tell what type of movies can be screened (sensitive issues, romantic, action movies, Hollywood etc.)
To maintain the quality of service since if majority of customers are from upper middle class then they will not be very price sensitive but would care more about the quality of service.
The price of the tickets can be comparatively high.
In 2nd part, I had to work on my estimates – percentages and probabilities (assuming high demand for tickets on weekends rather than week days, keeping prices high on weekends etc.)

I was asked to solve the case study on the blackboard and had to explain the same to the interviewer. The interview lasted for 20-25 minutes.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Experience
In this round, there were two interviewers. I was given a pen and a paper to solve sums. Initially i was given three tables.

A. 1st table consisted of some values and I was asked to find percent increase or decrease.

B. 2nd table had revenue and cost figures and I was told to find out “which product has maximum selling price?”

C. 3rd table contained sales figures and I had to find maximum increase or decrease of in sales of any product by looking at it (pen and paper wasn’t allowed)

Few mental mathematics questions were asked like 23x25, 45x48 etc. In the end, few personal questions came from the interviewer like:

Are you comfortable with the working schedule of 12 – 14 working hours per day?
What are your hobbies?
For how many years do you wish to work for McKinsey Knowledge Centre?
Motivation for applying
I researched about the company from its official website – the qualities they are looking for in a candidate, selection procedure, lines of business etc. Pre –Placement talk helped me know more about the job profile, qualities they are looking for in a candidate, company’s management and salary and perks they were offering.
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McKinsey Consultant interview

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Charu SinghalExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Estimate the number of aircrafts taking off from Delhi airport in a day. (Case Type- Estimation case)
  • Question 2: Our client is an LIC firm and productivity of its agents is going down. Please help the client to figure out the reasons for the same.(Case type -Profitability/ Productivity case)
Interview Experience
Peeyush(interviewer) gave a 2 min introduction about him and then jumped directly to the case without wasting time.
Case 1. I started the case by mentioning 3 approaches by which I could estimate the number of aircrafts:
1. Supply side- in terms of capacity of the airport
2. Supply side- in terms of the number of carriers and their flights on domestic and international routes
3. Demand side- Demand for flight seats and then using the average capacity utilization and average fleet aircraft size. Peeyush asked me to go ahead with the first approach. I asked him a few questions about the number of runways Delhi airport has, the average operational hours in a day, the time it takes for a flight to land/ take off and the time gap between two take offs or landings. At this point Peeyush seemed impressed and told me that you have cracked this case. Let’s moved ahead to some other case.

Case 2. Productivity= Policies sold per annum/ person So I began the discussion by staking that this metric could be worse off for two reasons, firstly if my agents are incapable of selling policies and there is some issue with respect to their efforts or secondly, if I am employing excessive employees in my organization. I wanted to go ahead with the first one.
I first talked about how the process works when an agent approaches a client to sell the policy. I drew a funnel and explained that leads keep dropping out of the process and only a few buy the policy finally and to know why our agents are unable to sell policies, we need to look at each step in this chain.
Peeyush seemed satisfied with this approach and asked me to go ahead with it. I listed down the following process:
1. Identifying the leads
Here I talked about identification of right set of people whom our agents should target based on the nature of our
product and income class and needs of the clients
2. Our agents approaching the leads and informing them about the product. I listed a number of factors play an important
role at this step:
a) Skills of our agents Skills could be in terms of the educational qualifications of our agents, their knowledge about the
product, communication skills, and marketing skills. Peeyush hinted that it was a key problem. I suggested that this
problem could be resolved by making our hiring policies more robust, providing proper training to our incoming
employees and allocating agents to areas based on their background and demographics of people residing there.
b) Brand of our firm- This was another issue, though Peeyush didn’t want me to elaborate on that.
c) Competitor’s products
d) Terms and conditions of our product
3. Follow up by agents
4. Processing of the policy by our back office
5. After-sale follow up (impact on referrals and brand

Case was mostly done when I identified the agent side and brand issue, however Peeyush was just patiently listening to me and waiting for me to finish. He seemed satisfied with both the cases and their outcomes. I asked him about what career option could have given him the same degree of satisfaction as consulting and Mckinsey. Here he mainly talked about how much he liked consulting and what other options he had faced and evaluated over the course of his life.
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McKinsey N/A interview

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Gaurav PuniaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at Indian School of Business (ISB) for N/A role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Case Study Interview personal interview Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: PI questions: Tell me about yourself
  • Question 2: Why do you continually push yourself to perform well academically
  • Question 3: How I train for half marathons.
  • Question 4: Case Questions:Our client is one of the largest banks in India. They have done fairly well in retail banking but have struggled in commercial banking division.
Interview Experience
Interviewer was into sports himself hence my interest in running became our topic of conversation for several minutes.

Identified details about the bank – which region, products etc. Next identified the competition and the products they offered. Grouped products as per the total volume of transactions. Was able to isolate bad performance to a single product - forex
derivatives. Then tried to understand how banks make money from forex derivates and by benchmarking with competition was able to ascertain why we aren’t selling. At this time we realized we had already spent about 35min on the PI +Case – so was asked to synthesize the case.

What helped me was that I was able to scope the problem well and isolate the problem to a single product. It was never an interview, more so a conversation. Honestly speaking, for atleast the first 10min of the case I had little idea on where it was going but I tried to employ a MECE structure and spent considerable time on being absolutely clear on the problem.
Finally, even though I had not touched upon the recommendations in the case analysis, I was able to give 2 recommendations as part of my synthesis. This was something which interviewer actually liked.

My lack of practical knowledge about the banking sector was a disadvantage.




Interview Tips
PI is important! Read and be comfortable on different sectors. Also don’t lose you cool even if you think the case is going around in circles.
Round 2

personal interview

Interview Experience
Walk me through your resume.
Questions on my academic performance at School, Engineering College
and ISB
Strengths
If you had to relive ISB again whom would you want to be
Weaknesses – here was really grilled as he continually pushed back on
each of my prepared answers until I finally cracked
Lots of questions on my work experience.
Why do you want to move from EDA to consulting
Do you think you will do well in a consulting company
Why Mckinsey and how will you make your decision between firms
Interview Tips
Practice your PI!! It is as important as your cases
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: PI questions: Some questions on the resume especially the work I had with Taiwanese client and the challenges I had faced while working with them.
  • Question 2: Compare Indian clients with Asian clients
  • Question 3: Toughest position I had been in at a client and how I handled it
  • Question 4: Where do I see myself in 10 years
  • Question 5: Why consulting
  • Question 6: If not consulting then what
  • Question 7: Haiti Crisis and why does a country like Japan respond well while countries like India suffer. A little bit on Reliance and Lyondell deal and what I thought were the risks for that.
  • Question 8: Case Questions:Problem with Airline industry in India
Interview Experience
The interview started on dramatic note as I came about 15min late. Was asked the reason for coming late and promptly responded with the truth. Interviewer was a little shocked but finally told me that he appreciated my honesty – “integrity was as important as intellect in consulting”

Thankfully had read up on this.
• Started out through the first principles – supply of total seats and the total demand.
• Quickly established the various cost heads – fuel, leasing planes, facilities and staff
It really was a conversation and soon realized that Vivek didn’t really want me to solve it like a case but just discuss. So we started on the analysis phase where we started discussing what is that Air India can do. Identified the places where Air India loses more money compared to competition (both India and foreign). Was able to use some points from Southwest and Singapore airlines
and did a great job in identifying the problems with hub and spoke model of operation – price competition on arterial routes and operational efficiency.
Interview Tips
Practicing cases is important but please don’t neglect your PI and general reading. An intelligent conversation backed by well researched data can really help.
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McKinsey Consultant interview

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Chayan DhirExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Case type- Abstract .Q :- The oil price has been falling for some time. What do you think will be the impact?
Interview Experience
Since the case was very open ended, I took a couple of minutes to structure my thoughts. Luckily, the recently concluded course on GSB ( Govt, Society & Business ) came to my rescue and I started by saying that I would like to explain the impact on these three1.
Govt
– It would primarily mean a lower oil bill. I mentioned that since oil bill forms a major chunk ~ 90% of the forex outflow, this would lead to increase in $ reserves with the govt and reduce the current account deficit ( everything else being constant ofcourse) - principles of macro economics helped here

2.
Society
– The petrol bill of households would reduce and hence and increase in disposable income. Since Indians have a higher marginal propensity to save ( another macro / micro economic funda ), we could expect the banks to see a higher CASA ( current and savings account) balance. Also, the unsaved cash could be channeled towards retail/ tourism ( based on a recent article I read in the economist ) 3.
Business
– Business could be basically of two categories – those which have oil as a revenue ( drilling & allied services – BP, Halliburton etc ) would have a hard time as the revenue will drop and the ones which have oil as a cost (airlines) who can look forward to improvements in margins. He was very satisfied and asked me that how did I expect the Indian stock to behave given the drop in stock price. I wasn’t very sure and requested the interviewer to guide me. He very patiently explained that the stock market had
so witnessed a decline. He then asked me to explain the reason for decline. I said I wasn’t sure but would like to hypothesize. Basically the stock market would decline if investors would withdraw their money. Since FIIs ( Foreign Institutional Investors) are responsible for a major chunk of the investments, it might be that they are withdrawing their investment and using the money for some other purpose. At this point, I checked with the interviewer if the hypothesis was correct. He smiled and nodded and asked me to continue. Now, I said I would need to see who exactly are these investors to ascertain why they were withdrawing their money ( since because of the Modi govt. the business outlook was very positive). Here, he said that these investors were mainly sovereign wealth funds of OPEC countries. Now the picture was clear . Due to declining oil price, the governments in these countries were facing revenue pressure and had to recall the investments in order to continue funding the operations. The interviewer again smiled and said that given the situation, would I invest my money in the Indian stock market. I said that I would invest in specific sectors like airlines, but not in the market as a whole. The case ended here.
Interview Tips
A relaxed state of mind goes a long way in helping crack the case as well as forming a connect with the interviewer. So, keep calm and read the economist / FT and then keep calm again on the D-day!I was able to even hold a conversation here because I had been reading up the economist / financial times. Hence, please make it a habit to please read at least one journal during ISB, especially a couple of months before Day 1
Round 2

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself
Interview Experience
Only one PI question this time also – Tell me about yourself. The interview was mainly case based.
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McKinsey Business analyst interview

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Abhinav JainFresherNot Selected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Business analyst role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
The company looks for exceptional performances in the resumes. They want to have people who are good on all fronts and are exceptional in a few things. So tailor the resume accordingly and bring out all the spikes that you can put forth.
Interview Tips
They usually have a resume making workshop where they tell about their expectations from the resumes. Make full use of that workshop.
Round 2

Interview

Interview Experience
I appeared for 4 interviews in total. Each interview had case study as well as HR questions. It is very important to engage the interviewer in a conversation and remain confident throughout the interview.
Interview Tips
Show the interviewer that you are really passionate about whatever you have done.
General Tips
Pre-Placement Preparation



1) Selecting sectors or companies

Select your group of target companies and sectors. You should realize what your interests are and what kind of job would suit you, and according to that you should prepare a list of companies that you are going to focus on primarily. This list should not be too narrow that you have too few companies to target and not too broad that you end up sitting for every company visiting the campus.



2) Attending PPTs

The PPTs and the workshops organized by the companies form a key input in the decision process of choosing the companies. Be attentive during the PPTs and note key points mentioned – like the profile, compensation structure and the contacts of the people (especially alumni) in the company. This helps a lot during the preparation for the particular company.



3) Resume

The best way to start the preparation for the interview process is to start by making a list of all things that you have done in your life. This list should contain every small and big thing that you have done. Once the above list is made, make a master resume out of the list by retaining all the important things and putting them into formal language. The smaller works can be kept for narrating during interviews. If your master resume is properly made then preparing company tailored resume becomes very easy. After the master resume is done, it is time to make sector/company specific resumes. Every sector must have different resumes and, if possible, also make the resume specific to every company. Take feedback from your friends and seniors and make necessary adjustments.



4) Communication skills

You can make a GD group and conduct regular GDs to help you prepare for the GDs. In fact, also ask your friends to conduct mock interviews and record these interviews. You will actually come to know what to do and how you react during the interviews.



5) Written Tests

If you are targeting companies that take CAT-like aptitude tests, then prepare for them by solving some CAT papers. These tests just check practice and someone who has been preparing will definitely have an edge over a person who is not in touch.



6) HR Interviews

Make a list of the commonly asked HR questions and then prepare answers for them. Do not learn the answers by heart but make sure you know the important points that you want to mention for each question.



7) Case Interviews

The best way to prepare for a case interview is to form groups and solve case studies interactively as you would do in an interview.



8. CSE Preparation

For the CSE companies, I brushed up basic data structures and algorithms as well as C/C++ and Java. Other than that, I also glanced through Operating Systems, Compilers, Networks and databases. Make sure that you understand the basic concepts behind these things as well as particular details of popular implementations of each of these systems.
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McKinsey Junior associate interview

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Sriramkumar SundaramExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Junior associate role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
Mainly PI with a small case let. This was a discussion primarily on technology.
General Gyan:

1. Resume: I do not come from a stellar pedigree (read ‘no IIT’), do not have a brand name company, do not have a stellar CGPA (above average). I still got a shortlist. I believe what matters is the way you show your accomplishments. Spikes are good to have definitely. At the same time, if you are showing consistently good work throughout your time till ISB, that will also work. You need to work hard on showcasing them on the resume. RESUME preparation is critical. Make sure to spend sufficient time (start 4th term onwards). show it to alums who are in these firms. Use the alums who come on campus to get reviewed. They are extremely helpful. (It also helps you establish a rapport). At the same time, no need to try and become best friends with the alums who keep visiting. They cant help you on interview day (thats my opinion). Only your performance will.

2. Case Prep: For these top 2-3 firms, you will get close to 4-6 weeks of time to prep. You can quickly glance through the Case in Point book in 3-4 days but don't spend too much time solving those cases. Start case solving with ISB casebooks. They are available all the way from 2005. I would suggest solving the later years while reading through the earlier years just to make sure you have covered most topics. One thing I did was focus on MCK cases only (only shortlist) as interview date approached. Try to form more than one group (3 people is sufficient per group) preferably after short-lists are out (otherwise incentives are misaligned). More than one group allows you to cover more case types, prevent lack of preparation due to time conflicts among members, etc. Try to understand the frameworks and use your own structure. This gives originality. Mock cases and buddy sessions are important. Use them as an opportunity to iron out your case solving abilities. get the buddy to have PI session also.

3. Interview: While cases are very important, the PI interviews made the difference. Cases could have been handled by any of the shortlists. the shortlist to conversion could be any where between 2:1 to 3:1. It is this discussion that will set you apart. If you are able to engage the interviewer in an intelligent manner, you are through. Read up on your area of expertise. Use opportunities to draw the interviewer to topics of your interest. Be thorough with material on your resume. Put a lot of thought into the PI qs and maybe try saying it out loud to one of your study mates. This will allow you to get a reaction, understand the time you are taking and give you better clarity. Finally, I think you should not be too rigid. Be calm, have fun, add humour if you see fit. Good Luck and feel free to reach out to me if you need any guidance.
Interview Tips
I had met Somnath(Interviewer) during the dinner and had had a good conversation on the Internet of Things phenomenon. He remembered that and we were able to continue that conversation. This was more of a fit interview and whether I can hold my ground on technology discussions. It helped that Somnath also had a 2-yr old kid (like me) which allowed us to discuss non-work related concerns about consulting also.

DOs:

Be relaxed and have fun during this kind of an interview. As soon as you perceive it to be a generic discussion, I would suggest be confident and bold. Have strong opinions with sufficient backing (examples, data, experience, etc).
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McKinsey business analyst interview

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Sabah FarheenFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for business analyst role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Resume shortlist (around 20 people)
Interview Tips
Resume shortlist- peaks in the resume: An all-round and dynamic personality, ability to multi-task and handle pressure, proactive nature and initiatives taken in PORs, achievements in the field of sports, literature and arts contribute in resume short listing.They look for people who have used their time in insti wisely and are passionate
about things they do. A crisp and well written resume forms a good first impression. Invest enough time to prepare the resume and get it reviewed by seniors.
Round 2

Test

Round 3

Interview

Interview Experience
3 rounds of interviews. Interviews were focused on case studies. No separate HR round. Inter-personal skills were tested during the case study and conversation with the interviewer.
Interview Tips
Case interview- Break the problem down, approach systematically, think on your feet, take cues from the interviewer and direct the solution accordingly. The problem solving approach and line of thought is tested. There is no single
solution for the cases. The approach is important, not the final answer. Striking a good rapport with the interviewer, projecting confidence, being yourself and enjoying the interview process is very important.

A few questions asked about the Case Study:
1) Identifying the reasons for loss incurred by a motel (relevant data was provided)
2) Evaluating different aspects of setting up a business
3) Guesstimate: Estimate the number of windows in a skyscraper
4) Estimate the scope of 4G in India. Is introducing 4G a good idea?reas
5) A foreign elevator company operating in India is incurring losses.
6)What are the likely issues and how can they be fixed
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
The standard HR questions can be found online. Also be prepared to answer questions like 'why do you want to join our company?', 'why do you prefer a career in investment banking over consulting' or vice versa. Know you resume inside out as some HR questions will be directly based on you resume. Highlight you role, achievement and learning outcome while answering such questions. <br /> <br /> Case study videos by Victor Cheng are helpful in building a foundation. Case in point is a good book to start with. Interactive cases available on all consult websites are very helpful and give an interview like<br /> experience. Case study books by Kellogg, Wharton, Harvard can be found on LAN. Solving a few cases in a structured and systematic manner will help in developing the required skills. The Economic Times and business magazines also help in developing a general business acumen which helps solve cases. Solve cases in groups of 3-4.<br /> <br /> HR- know yourself and your resume thoroughly.
General Tips
These four/ five years in IIT are the most crucial years to mould the personality of an individual. Seize every opportunity you and make the most of it. Manage time well and prioritize various activities. Try to get industrial exposure through internships. Good communication skills and a confident personality are very important. I started preparation seriously after getting shortlisted . The company allotted

buddies from the firm who helped us with placement preparation. I started reading economic times from the beginning of 7th sem. One month was sufficient to prepare. However, one can start preparing puzzles and reading up Economic Times a little earlier.
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McKinsey Consultant interview

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Ankit Jain FresherNot Selected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Consultant role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Case Study Interview HR Interview Other Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I went through a few templates & took help from some seniors. I prepared a few drafts and then later made improvements. IT might be a good idea to prepare well in advance and get your resumes reviewed from seniors in the companies you are applying. As probably you'll get to hear a lot, focus more on what you have achieved rather than just stating what all you have done. Keep it simple and short. And don't add anything you are not comfortable talking about in an interview. I know many capable people who didn't get short listed for Mck/BCG just because they didn't think resume was a big deal.
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
The case was simple. The interviewer said that imagine that he and I were flying together, he being an entrepreneur and I being the consultant. He tells me that he has motorcycle manufacturing business. His revenue has been steadily increasing but he is making losses. As he was not an accountant, he did not have any figures with him at the moment. After some discussion he told me that the sales were up and the costs had stayed the same. I figured that he was probably selling a couple of products and the sales of products which he was selling at a loss were increasing faster than those on which he was making a profit. That came out to be true. He was also selling auto parts apart from motorcycles but was making losses at the sale of motorcycles and sales of motorcycles has almost doubled last year while those of auto parts had stayed the same. That was all and we went back to HR questions. Another case was again pretty straight forward. The interviewer told me that his friend owned a multiplex in some suburb of Mumbai. His friend was making huge losses and had left him a frantic voice mail and wanted to meet him over the weekend. So I had to first give few ideas as to how to generate revenue, to make his friend feel better and then how to find the root of the problem. I think I tossed around a lot of ideas but I don't remember most of them. We planned to decrease cost of tickets but increase charges for advertisements and increase canteen rates. We planned to show soccer, cricket and tennis matches whenever it looked profitable and feasible. We also discussed coming under an Adlabs or PVR umbrella which will offer better bargaining power with producers. Then we also decided that it will be a good idea to conduct a survey in the locality and find the right mix of regional, bollywood and hollywood movies.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
A lot of HR questions interspersed with small cases like consider a factory on one side of a river and a town on the opposite side. There is only one bridge to cross that river and there is always a traffic jam on the bridge in the mornings and evenings. Give a few ideas to improve the situation. He also gave me a guess estimate to guess the number of white boards in use in India. And then he asked me to give arguments for an average educational institute to shift from black boards to white boards.
Round 4

Other Interview

Interview Experience
This interview had no case. In-fact it wasn't exactly an interview and we just talked about his time at Mckinsey, their work in India, role of BAs etc.
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McKinsey Marketing and sales analyst interview

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Kanak AgarwalFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Marketing and sales analyst role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist technical test aptitude test interview round 1 interview round 2 interview round 3
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Round 2

technical test

Interview Experience
Technical test is a typical McKinsey Problem Solving Test (PST) of 1 hour.
Interview Tips
Sample tests are easily available on the internet and doing those helps a lot in getting a clear understanding of the approach. I took all the PSTs I could find online and focused on how some specific type of questions need to be answered.
Round 3

aptitude test

Interview Experience
There was a 30 min aptitude test and we had to write a statement of purpose with that.
Round 4

interview round 1

Interview Experience
It was kind of an HR round for me. The interviewer asked me to introduce myself first and when I said I’m from Rajasthan, the interview converted into a conversation as the interviewer was also from Rajasthan and started telling me his story, his birth place, schooling, marriage and everything (weird I know). Then we talked about which all companies’ interviews I have lined up and what is my preference. So, my first round was a normal 15 min chit chat with the interviewer.
Round 5

interview round 2

Interview Experience
This was with the Head of their marketing & sales department. The lady asked me to introduce myself and then to explain any one of the projects mentioned in my resume. After I did, she seemed pretty impressed as the project was in Econometrics including regressions and related things which is the kind of knowledge they were expecting from the candidates. She in fact told me that I seemed to be the perfect match for that profile. And then she asked me some general HR questions.
Round 6

interview round 3

Interview Experience
It was a technical round. There were two interviewers and they first checked my knowledge of sales and marketing terms if I know any. After I mentioned that I don’t know any of the terminologies, they explained to me some which were required to solve the case. Then I was asked to do the case which had 3 parts (it was pretty time consuming and thought provoking), first 2 parts had a sales & marketing funnel (look up for what a funnel is, they explained to me then) drawn on a paper and numbers of sales for two firms, our client and a competitor, I had to make some suggestions to improve the numbers. In 3rd part, I had to build a model to incorporate the suggestions which required knowledge of regression models. This took around 40-45 minutes and then I was asked to ask questions if I had any.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • CL Study Material,
  • 50 challenging puzzles in probability,
General Tips
Do’s :

Be confident. Half of your battle is won already if the interviewer finds you a confident, enthusiastic candidate (this is what worked in my favour I think)



Don’ts :

1. Don’t take your resume lightly, during interviews this is the only tool which will help you drive the interview in your favour.

2. Don’t hesitate to say it out loud if you don’t know something. This will never be held against you.

3. Don’t panic. Keep calm even if you know you’re screwing the interview.

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McKinsey Consultant interview

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Shantanu RegeFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Consultant role at McKinsey
Interview Process
Case Study Interview Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Case revolved around increasing profitability of an airline in view of increased competition. After the usual Profit = Rev – Costs kind of arguments, it came down to comparing margins for 2 specific routes.
Interview Experience
Probably made some errors in numerical calculations, but the approach was very clear. Also I was asked some HS 101 stuff, like degree of control over pricing in perfect competition, monopoly, and duopoly situations.
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: The interviewer told me that a $250 million boiler maker wants to go global but is facing some organizational issues. What could these issues be and how would you solve them?
Interview Experience
Now basically in the case books very few org. cases are discussed and I hadn’t come across a single one. So, I just tried to think really logically and gave him very high level answers like ( labour union issues, faith in senior mgmt, compare org structure with competition etc ) Theinterviewer was very supportive and kept probing for more possibilities. Finally I was exhausted and could offer him nothing more.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It had been a very tiring day and this was to be my 7th interview. But the good part was that I had started enjoying the interviews by now.After the usual warm-up questions, I was asked to name something that I felt really
passionately about and the remaining 30 minutes were spent just probing this passion of mine so deep, that even I came out surprised that I had indeed thought so much to answer that issue. This interview proved to me that one should never underestimate the interviewer’s intelligence. These are very, very smart people and are very good
at cracking your thought process. I was made an offer after this interview, so the 4th one was more of an informal chat about past BAs their experiences.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Each individual has his own take on this. Personally, I read most of the theory from the casebooks floating around on campus and came out with my own framework to solve a problem. Practicing case interviews with a friend helps a lot. But finding a good interviewer is usually tough. I requested a couple of friends and tried out 2-3 cases with each. Totally, I solved not more than 10 cases , which I think was optimal. Too little and you don’t have enough experience and too many will take the fun out of the interview
General Tips
If you are one of the lucky ones short listed for more than 1 company, you must decide beforehand what your preferences are and tell the placement body so.

There is no reason to succumb to strong arm tactics from companies. Ideally you

should be in a position to make a decision after you have all the offers in hand. But

the placement body’s rules will have a major role to play in this.
Funny Moments
In case study, the interviewer talked about even higher level issues like mission statement and vision

documents and that the organization was not able to THINK global etc. Came out of this interview assuming my rendezvous with McK was done.
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