Supporting materials – getting prepared for your recruiting process
We want to help you feel confident and prepared in sharing your talents with us.
These materials were created by our recruiting team together with a group of colleagues who wished they'd had something similar when they experienced our recruiting process: some advice on how to be successful at our recruiting process.
It starts with the resume.
We wish we could eliminate the impersonality of the resume review process, but we do believe it is the most equitable way to consider our many applicants.
A well-crafted resume will also give us a sense of who you are as a person, as reflected in the activities and achievements that matter to you.
Because your resume, along with all of the supporting information in your application, determines who gets interviewed, it’s obviously a critical first step. We encourage you to do the following:
- Make sure your resume accurately reflects your achievements and their scale.
- Make sure it’s in English. We are a global firm, and non-Spanish speakers recruiters or colleagues from other locations might be involved in your recruiting process.
- Make your resume as specific and non-generic as possible. If possible, we recommend you to tailor your CV to the type of role you are applying for.
Tips for a successful interview
- Be on time, and if you are running late, let us know.
- Relax. Although it's easier said than done, you will perform better if you are relaxed. Our interviewers are friendly, caring, fair, and fun, and they want you to succeed.
- Be yourself. There is no “typical” McKinsey hire—we all come from a variety of backgrounds. Be yourself in your interview—we are excited to meet you.
- Think about your biggest achievements, we would love to learn more about your successes. The details underlying the accomplishment are what's most important.
- Also be prepared for competency-based questions such as "Give me an example of..." or "Tell me about a time...". And be prepared to expand upon your answers. Interviewers will often follow up with, "How?"; "Why?", or "What was the achievement or outcome?"
- Thinks about your strengths and a few weaknesses. For the strengths, think on an example of an accomplishment for each strength. For the weaknesses, think about specific situations where you’ve turned them into a strength, or describe how you have overcome that weakness, and how you’re dealing with it today. Describing weaknesses this way demonstrates that you're a person who can be coached and wants to improve. Saying you don't have any weaknesses means you can't become better.
- Take your time. Do not feel rushed to respond to questions before having time to think them through. Ask your interviewer for a moment to think or to clarify anything you do not understand.
- Don't forget to interview us. Get something out of it for yourself. Ensure you take time to ask questions, get to know your interviewers, and get a feel for our work, our people, and our values.
Are you interviewing for a Knowledge Network or McKinsey Solutions role? Check out more interview tips to be successful at these specific recruiting processes.
Rules of Thumb
- Apply to those positions related to what you are truly looking for only. We know there are many attractive roles, and that your skills might fit more than one. However, having multiple applications to very different roles could create confusion with the recruiter reviewing your profile, as it might be difficult to really understand what you are looking for, and your career goals.
- Research. Research. Research. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be. Research about the job. Make sure you review the Job Description to understand the role and identify what would be expected from you in case you get the position. Don’t forget to explore about the company you are applying for. This shows you are interested in joining the organization.
- Keep an eye on your e-mail and mobile, as we might contact you by phone, SMS, and/or e-mail.
- Trust your recruiter! We are here to help you be successful. Take advantage of the coaching opportunities we might offer you during the process. And please, don’t hesitate to reach out to us in case of questions, or in case you need some special accommodations.