McKinsey Online Application Form

The first stage of the McKinsey recruitment process is the completion of the online application form. You are required to fill in all of your scholastic achievements on this form. You also need to upload your CV. Unlike many companies who only want a simple CV, McKinsey wants to know about you in a more personal way. This means it is interested in your past work experience as well as your other skills and achievements. Of particular relevance is your application of the key values and principles of the company and where you have shown them in the past. This is used as a predicator for future success or failure. The key values are as follows:

  • The client’s interest comes ahead of our own.
  • Behave as consummate professionals.
  • Client information always stays confidential.
  • Always tell the truth.
  • Deliver the best.

McKinsey Online Tests

During the recruitment process, you may be asked to take any or all of the following tests—numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, or problem solving. The numerical and verbal reasoning tests are the first assessments you're likely to encounter. These tests are completed online, while the McKinsey Problem Solving Test is an in-person assessment test.

Those who have applied and been asked to take the numerical and verbal tests should know that these exams are provided by CEB SHL. The specific assessments are most likely to be the SHL Verify numerical and verbal tests.

The CEB SHL numerical reasoning test contains 18 questions that need to be completed in 25 minutes. On this test, you are presented with numerical data in the form of a table or a graph, followed by multiple-choice questions relating to them. Answering the questions often requires performing calculations involving fractions, percentages, ratios, and conversions.

The CEB SHL verbal reasoning test contains 30 questions and is to be completed in 19 minutes. On this test, you are presented with a short text and several follow-up questions. Each question presents a statement that you need to quickly analyse and decide if it is true, false, or you cannot say based on the text.

Overall, both the numerical and verbal assessment tests take about 45 minutes to complete. Remember to leave time aside to read the instructions.

We offer a CEB SHL–Style Numerical & Verbal preparation package to prepare you for the exam.

After taking the numerical and verbal reasoning tests, you may be asked to take the McKinsey Problem Solving Test.

McKinsey Problem Solving Test (PST)

The McKinsey Problem Solving Test (PST) is a very unique test which assesses your ability to solve business problems using deductive, inductive, and quantitative reasoning. The PST contains 26 questions, and you have 60 minutes to answer as many of these questions as possible.

During the PST, you are presented with three scenarios based on actual McKinsey client cases. Information related to each scenario is shown in text, tables, and exhibits. This information is presented in shaded areas and is distributed in sections throughout the scenario. You are asked to find the best answer to the problem as described using only the information presented.

Some of the questions measure your numerical reasoning abilities. In these questions, you are presented with tables and graphs. You need to analyse the information presented and/or perform calculations based on it and select the correct answer from the options provided. Other questions resemble verbal reasoning questions and measure your ability to understand and interpret the written information presented to you. Finally, a third type of question measures your deductive reasoning, i.e. your ability to draw conclusions based on the information presented to you.

Electronic devices, including calculators, are not permitted during the PST. You will not be provided with scratch paper, but you can use the blank space in the test booklet to help you with calculations and taking notes. After the test is completed, the booklets will be destroyed, playing no role in determining your score on the PST.

The McKinsey Problem Solving Test is a huge obstacle for many candidates. Comprehending the large amount of information and using it to come to the correct conclusions in a very time-pressured environment is not easy. You can use our PrepPacks™ to improve the basics skills required for succeeding on the McKinsey Problem Solving Test.

McKinsey Personal Experience Interview (PEI)

There are two parts to the McKinsey interview process. The personal interview, the first of two, is an in-depth look at your CV. Everything that McKinsey has found interesting on your CV is up for discussion. For example, if you included that you were in charge of a youth group, you will be expected to elaborate on what you did, the challenges you faced, and what you did to overcome them. This is best done using the STAR method. Similarly, all your qualifications are put under the microscope. You will be asked to explain the reasons why you chose a particular course and why you think it will help you in the future.

Some McKinsey interview questions include:

  • Tell me about a time you resolved a conflict.
  • Describe a situation when you had to deal with a difficult team member.
  • Why do you think that your qualification is ideally suited to consulting?
  • Tell me about a time when you have shown professionalism.

The best way to prepare for an interview is to take a mock one in which you have to answer questions similar to those that will be posed during the real interview. You can do so with a friend or a relative, but the best way to prepare is to practise for an interview with a trained assessor. An assessor can give you tips and advice on how to enhance your answers and tailor them to the company you are applying for. JobTestPrep has developed an interview preparation package to help you create the best persona you can for this interview.

McKinsey Case Interview

Following the personal experience interview is the McKinsey case study interview. During this interview, you will be presented with a particular case, similar to one seen on the McKinsey Problem Solving Test. You must work through the problems and solutions with the interviewer, analyse the different possible solutions, and come to a decision on the best course of action. You are being analysed on your ability to think outside the box, as well as on your lateral thinking skills. Keep in mind that you are being measured against the key values of the company, so try to incorporate these values into your answers. Learn how we can help you with case studies and role plays.

Here are some useful tips for the case study interview:

  • Make a note of the important information. You can do this on the paper that is provided.
  • If something isn't clear, ask. This shows you want to make informed decisions and not hasty ones.

After successfully completing all the stages of the application process, you will be invited to additional interviews similar to those you have already faced. These are of a less formal nature and serve the purpose of seeing how well you would fit into the company.

Prepare for Success

The McKinsey recruitment process is arduous and certainly requires advanced preparation. With JobTestPrep's help and advice, you are sure to produce the best performance you can for every aspect of the process. JobTestPrep is here to enable your success with our carefully produced and developed PrepPacks™.