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I have a final round lateral hire interview with McKinsey coming up in a few weeks and am nervous about the PEI. Previously applied in undergrad and got dinged on the PEI. For those successful, what tips would you give for practicing this portion of the interview? How did you go about it?

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Have 4 solid stories one per focus area (Impact, Leadership, Entrepreneurial drive) and one backup, start with short summary ”One thing that comes to mind was when I was at Company A working as a xxx I managed to … which meant we were able to zzz - is that kind of what you had in mind?” Then S-T-A-R P-A-R-A-D-E the crap out of it. Write down like you would a little essay. Then practice. Practice. Practice out loud. With your gf, mom, friends, alone, record yourself. More or less what I did, it worked.

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By going through them, remembering the details. 1) Start with a good examples where you a) faced a high stakes challenge b) met resistance c) were the both tenacious and empathetic and adapted your approach as necessary d) achieved moderately important outcome 2) think deeply about what they are really looking for 3) think through the story, distill it, think through ways that sound coherent when describing your reasoning and actions 4) start at higher level and have a sub story within the story with more detail

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If it’s your final round then your prior round PEI we’re clearly good enough. Just know your stories inside and out, and remember to answer the actual question thats asked. Good luck!

Oh ok, then see PM1s comment above - that’ll get you there 👍

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