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As with anything at McKinsey, there are variations by location, but after interviewing hundreds of candidates for the Firm across multiple geographies, I've found the process to be fairly consistent by school, office complex, and location. In general, you can expect the following steps on your journey to a job offer from McKinsey...
This usually kicks off recruiting season and is often the first touch-point the Firm has with candidates and vice versa. It's not uncommon for over HALF of a business school's class to attend these presentations where McKinsey Partners and Directors (Senior Partners) speak about their experiences at the Firm. Typically, a recent hire will also speak about their McKinsey experience to give the "early tenure" perspective. There will also be an army of McKinsey consultants on hand to chat with you and answer questions after the presentation – they’ll be organized around the room by office complex so you can meet the right folks
Coffee Chats and Office HoursThese are opportunities to meet a McKinsey consultant one-on-one or with a small group of your classmates. Coffee chats take place in coffee shops on or near campus while office hours are typically on campus in a classroom, meeting room, or even a table in a common area like a cafeteria. Firms use them to build interest, answer questions, and let candidates get to know them. These are supposed to be "non-evaluative" and they are to an extent - you can't really help your chances in a coffee chat, but you can increase your likelihood of getting dinged if you come across poorly. You can read this related post on tips for making the most of coffee chats.
Resume ScreensBefore you can get a job with McKinsey, you have to be invited to interview. At most schools, this means you have to submit or "drop" your resume to the Firm for consideration. A couple of Associates who have been trained on how to review resumes will assess your resume according to a resume screening rubric. If your resume scores high enough, you'll be invited to interview. You can read this related post on tips for doing well on the resume screen.
Case Prep Sessions
McKinsey wants to see everyone's best possible performance on interview day. To help enable that, the Firm will offer opportunities for candidates who have been invited to interview to do some case interview preparation ("case prep") with a McKinsey consultant. Typically, a consultant will meet with a small group of candidates at once and each person will have a chance to answer part of a case interview. These are challenging because you have to jump into a case interview mid-stream, but they are great chances to go through a case with an "assessment trained" McKinsey consultant.