McKinsey APD

Issue Tree

Like a scientist uses an experiment to test a hypothesis, a consultant uses a framework called an issue tree. An issue tree lays out a set of logical conditions that, if proven correct, prove the hypothesis correct. The term “issue tree” comes from the way this framework looks when diagrammed on paper – like a [...]

McKinsey APD vs. McKinsey Experienced Hire

Question on McKinsey APD vs. Experienced Hire: First, thank you so much for providing your online materials. I recently found them and they are great! Second, I was hoping you would help me shed some light as to my somewhat atypical career situation. I have a Ph.D. and postdoc from a great school in a technical [...]

Finance Knowledge Required for Consulting Case Interviews

Question: Your website and your Look Over My Shoulder® programs are fantastic resources.  I have recommended them to many friends. My question for you is to what extent does a non-MBA candidate need to learn finance? I have been helping a friend of mine who has a PhD in a science discipline prepare for consulting [...]

McKinsey APD / PhD CV Format for Consulting

McKinsey APD CV Question: I’ve struggled with how to edit my academic CV into a more digestible format. As you interviewed APD candidates, perhaps you have some guidance here. I’m of course interested in any rules of thumb on presenting the CV in general (i.e., do you recommend summary statement?). My Response: I did not [...]

Case Interview Glossary

This is note just for people with non-business backgrounds. I get a lot of emails from people saying I’m totally new to the world of business, how do I learn about the business world in 4 days. Okay, so that’s a tough challenge. I usually say, start reading the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Fortune [...]

McKinsey Offer for MD

I just wanted to say thanks for providing your case interview video so generously online. I’ve donated $47 on your behalf to Kid Power. I’m a physician with no business background and using pretty much just your videos (also read a bit of Marc Cosentino’s book but didn’t really have like-minded people to practice cases [...]

McKinsey New York Offer

I have just accepted my offer from McKinsey New York and I wanted to thank you for the help I received from your website. I am an APD hire and had no business background – so your videos and frameworks were extremely helpful. Of course I did a lot of practicing and reading along the [...]