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Did you ever receive support from upper management at McKinsey? To what degree?

McKinsey, or any consulting company as three basic levels: analysts, managers and partners. Then many other levels and sublevels are added to keep people engaged in their career but these are the core levels. Analysts do the work, under the supervision of the project manager, for a project sold ...
Relationship with Upper Management Consulting McKinsey
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So what exactly does a Business Analyst at McKinsey do?

While most business analyst interns assist analysts and associates in performing market research and data input (Excel), I was fortunate enough to be given the same jobs as full-time analysts. Apart from doing market research and data analysis, I helped in building financial models in Excel, wrot...
Consulting Business McKinsey
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Knowing the work-life balance at most consulting firms, how is it at McKinsey?

t depends on which stage of the project your team is working on. Analysts/interns are more occupied during the initial month of the project as there will be a lot of market research to do. You might have to work round the clock occasionally but it is not as bad as investment bankers. In the mid p...
Consulting McKinsey Work-Life Balance
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Did you get ownership over your project at McKinsey, and how much?

I had a large portion of the ownership over my work. Once I was assigned a project or to work with someone, it was mine to work through from start to finish. I was paired with a project analyst as well as a project manager who was responsible for things at a greater or more detailed level but onc...
Consulting Business McKinsey
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Any tips on turning my internship into a full-time offer at McKinsey & Company?

As you are doing the internship you should try show that you have the skills to turn into a BA. You should run analysis that are fact based and don't need to be double checked, you should participate on the internal sessions with partners and you should have the initiative to think about your wor...
Internship Consulting Business McKinsey
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I know McKinsey is one of the Big 3 management companies. In your experience, what did you like and dislike about your time there?

I did not dislike anything about being a Summer Business Analyst. McKinsey throws a lot of money, resources, time and training at you in order to convince you to stay. Most interns will get a return offer, and most will accept the offer.
Consulting McKinsey Work-Life Balance
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What does it take to succeed at McKinsey & Company?

At McKinsey, you need to be hypothesis-driven, quick thinking, and have a "do-er" attitude. Quantitative and analytical thinking are also musts. Some of the more underrated skills that I didn't appreciate, but that are actually incredibly important for the job, are great email communication, emot...
Consulting Business McKinsey
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What should I highlight in my Business Analyst interview at McKinsey?

For the most junior positions (such as business analyst that 20 years ago was for undergrads directly out of school) they will be looking 50% to i), 25% to ii) and 25% to iii). However, you can not be genius in i) and have a lousy score on either of the other two. A junior position is about doin...
Consulting Business Interview McKinsey
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I saw a job posting for a Knowledge Specialist at McKinsey, what does that entail?

A KS works as a member of the firm's client facing support staff - in other words, this is not a pure consulting role. The KS' job is to be a content expert and researcher in the particular practice team they work within; for me this was the Electric Power & Natural Gas practice. When a consultin...
Business McKinsey Knowledge
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How do I advance through the ranks at McKinsey?

McKinsey works on up or out format. If you stay in the same level 2 years (might be different time span today and the exact time span may vary across offices) if you don’t promote you are invited to live the company. A successful career from analyst to partner may take more or less time depending...
McKinsey Career Progression
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I'm curious, what was a day-to-day like at McKinsey?

Starts 9am, finishes 9pm on good projects, 3am on bad projects depending on your EM (some have very poor management skills), with tons of things to do during the day. E.g. a typical day on a project could include 10 phone interviews with different people (at least half an hour each, so interviews...
Consulting Business Day in the Life McKinsey
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Is there a mentorship program at McKinsey?

In a manner of speaking, yes. Each person is assigned a development leader who both serves as a "mentor" of sorts (helping you navigate your feedback and professional development plans) and also gathers feedback for your performance reviews. However, informal mentorships are important and common ...
Consulting Business Mentor McKinsey
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What's the structure of McKinsey's interview?

I believe there are only two types of interviews: case/scenario or conversation. There are many examples of scenarios online and perhaps even training sessions at Stanford. The scenarios are used to determine the quick wit and problem solving abilities of applicants. The conversations are just th...
Consulting Business Interview McKinsey
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Holistically how will my role as a Business Analyst contribute to McKinsey & Company's mission?

This role is very important as your research and analysis will be used by the managers and partners to make business decisions. For every case/project, we have to come up with a solution, usually a detailed strategy for our client, and it is based on all the fundamental level research done by the...
Consulting Business McKinsey
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