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If I recruit for McKinsey implementation out of MBA rather than generalist are there any nuances or differences in the recruiting process? I have implementation experience already and think it might be beneficial to position myself for that function at McKinsey post MBA

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It’s close enough, you still need to nail the cases. Had someone ask me once if being a quasi-specialist (I’m ops integrative) was an “easy way” into mckinsey. Surprise - I didn’t refer him. There are no easier ways into mckinsey! It’s the same interview process and expectations! And if your looking for “the easy way” - you are absolutely not fit for this job! It’s not like it gets easier after the interview - it gets harder! Interviews were the easy part so it’s good that they are not an easy way in. We literally take the work that is too “hard” for our clients and solve the problem 5x faster than they would. If you want easy - be a client! Mckinsey is best for folks who are energized by challenge, not folks looking for the easy street. (sorry, bit of a vent on the questions I was asked previously).

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Right yeah sorry that was a vent against someone who asked me that question. I think if your passionate about implementation then it’s the right avenue. You will end up doing more implementation work. I did the experienced hire route and it was slightly different - started with a phone call screening, then first round with ASC/EM, then second round with three partners. Got lots of support with a 1:1 coaching session and some group coaching sessions. I think it’s more practise-run than office run. So biggest nuances will be the people you interview with and the process will be a little different but it’s the same PEI and the same case skills that will be tested, so preparation needs would be similar / the same. So interviewing for implementation will depend more on if your what the practise is looking for vs the office. But you will have to pick an office and have at least one interview there.

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No difference in recruiting process. Implementation people end up doing a lot more transformation work, so if that’s what you’re interested in go down that path. If not, go integrative path. Your direct past experiences are less important than how well you case (ie problem solving and communication) and your PEI

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Don’t think so

Recruiting is similar, but you’ll be interviewed by implementation people.

Yes, not all offices have implementation people but it’s growing

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