How to get a job at McKinsey, according to 2 recruitment directors - Business Insider

The consulting firm is hiring a more diverse class of applicants than ever before. Here's how to secure your spot.

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.McKinsey only hired about 8,000 people out of an applicant pool of 800,000. Here's how to make sure you stand out.

The consulting firm is hiring a more diverse class of applicants than ever before. Here's how to secure your spot.

, McKinsey's global director of recruitment marketing and communications. The two experts shared insights on how to nail an interview with the company. When it comes to the case exercise: Don't wing it Case Study example page one. Courtesy of McKinsey & Company Every McKinsey interview follows a standardized process that is broken down into two components. Prospective candidates are asked to complete a personal experience interview and a case study exercise. " It doesn't matter if you're interviewing from San Francisco, New York City, or Shanghai — the interview process is standard," Storhaug said."There aren't harder or easier countries for you to get in." Every business school graduate is probably familiar with case studies. Harvard Business School (HBS) developed the case method teaching practice , where students are required to read up to 500 cases during their two-year program. Other MBA schools also adopted this strategy to prepare students for tackling real-world businesses problems. McKinsey's case interviews, in particular, take about 25 to 30 minutes, and it's an opportunity for candidates to showcase how they approach problem solving and think on their feet, Casey explained. When you're tackling a case exercise, focus on how you would go about solving the client problem and not what you think the recruiters want to see in your responses. The company provided a case exercise sample and encouraged applicants to practice so that they know the exact format and the type of answers the recruiters look for. When you're prepping for an interview with the firm, keep those samples in mind, Storhaug added. Emphasize on your soft skills Case study example page two. Courtesy of McKinsey & Company One of the most common mistakes that McKinsey's applicants make is that they focus too much on acing case exercises that they fail to really prepare for the personal interview, Casey explained in an email to Business Insider. "I encourage them to focus also on what are often referred to as soft skills — their aptitude for collaboration, team work, empathy, and leading others," she wrote."In the long run, those are the qualities that make for success." Apart from those technical skills, a management consulting job requires collaborative and relationship-building skills. Ultimately, you can't get to the problem-solving component if you don't have a track record of working well with others. Additionally, Casey added that the personal experience interview doesn't have to be as formal as one might expect. In fact, she wrote that the best interviews are actually conversations rather than strictly planned questions. This second round is your opportunity to show your attributes beyond your résumé. What are some skills you're hoping to develop with this job? What are your own professional goals in five years? Casey recommends sharing your own career aspirations. That way, it shows that you Talk about your technical skills if you have them Case study example page three. Courtesy of McKinsey & Company demand, and it's beneficial to have employees who understand how tech can impact clients. "While not everyone is a tech-focused consultant, of course, we see tech and digital skills being more necessary as we grow and expand into new areas," Casey wrote."We appreciate candidates who may have expanded their knowledge to include coding, programming and other tech aspects." Some other top tech skills that employers want are program languages like Python, C++, and JavaScript, Business Insider previously reported. SEE ALSO: Read more: Business Insider

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