Michael Sosna, International MBA 2015 Alumni, currently works for McKinsey & Company.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
Fortunately, I have been approached by McKinsey & Company and did not applied for a job at the time. I was still considering my options and was already participating in two other interviews when McKinsey called me. However, I talked to many people from McKinsey during and after my IMBA experience and participated at two McKinsey & Company events on our campus. Back then I did not actually think about joining a top management consultancy and the feedback from the employees about the working hours was not really encouraging.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
The Career Management Center (CMC) offers various events, job offers and other opportunities. Honestly, I was not able to go through all the opportunities during the MBA, but focused on the on-campus events and one-to-one career sessions. Anyway, even sceptical about the success of the CMC CV Book, it is the tool giving me now the chance to start at one of the best companies in the world. The recruiter has seen my CV in the book. I don´t know whether I would have applied at the company otherwise.
On top of the CMC services, the program itself helped me a lot too: Application events, crack the case events, consulting events and many more gave me the foundation for „the real world“ and everything beyond the MBA experience. What I really like at IE is the openness and willingness to help. After I have graduated I needed further information about job opportunities and knew that an IE Alumni worked for the companies. Contacting over LinkedIN or over phone was as easy as to call a friend.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
McKinsey & Company events on Campus gave me already some brief information about the recruitment process. After the recruiter approached me, we had a few phone calls about the company and specific role before I have sent my updated CV for further interviews. A week later I had my first phone interview with my potential manager. This went quite well and further interviews were scheduled on-site at one of the companies offices. As case interviews make up 50% of the interviews, I delayed the process to have enough time to prepare for cases and the personal experience interviews. I was so glad that an IE Alumna has shared her experience and general tips for recruitment process. That helped me a lot.
The personal interviews take place the whole day and are structured always similar. All interviewers asked me to solve a case and give examples about leadership or achievements during my past experiences. Due to a health issue, I was not able to meet one of the partners during my interviews, which was scheduled a few days later again. After the final phone call I received the offer only a day later.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to this company?
- Be authentic! Don´t try to come up with any stories or examples you have not gone through. The interviewers will dig deep into your stories and asked your personal questions about situations you were in. If you come up with a story from a friend or former colleague, it will come up and screw you.
- Talk to people! Try to talk to as many McKinsey people as possible. Normally there are always a few people from the company in your intake. If not, there are always events planned throughout the year. Take the opportunity to start a conversation with them.
- Prepare! The recruitment process is not easy, but I had never the feeling that the interviewer wanted to screw me. Quite the contrary, the interviewer helped me to find my way through the process and made each of the 1h interesting. However, that should not disregard the need for deep preparation.