McKinsey & Company is one of the most prestigious management consulting firms where only people with exceptional talent are known to work. With their motto, “You don’t just come to work. You come to change!” they are always in search of people who are skilled and passionate. A chance to intern with McKinsey & Company is the best way to put your knowledge to work while building a brand for yourself.
McKinsey was rated # 2 on Glassdoor's survey for “Best Places to Work in 2013” list, with an overall score of 4.5 out of a 5.0, which is second only to Facebook. Interns at McKinsey can earn as much as INR 50,000 per month as stipend along with an array of other perks. They get a chance to observe the team-oriented structure and collaborative work ethic and most importantly, a chance to begin the career with the top consulting company in the world.
Undergraduate students can apply for the role of Business Analyst Intern and postgraduate students can join as Associate analyst intern. To know what you will be doing in these roles, you can read the details at McKinsey official website here
Of course, getting an internship with McKinsey is no cake-walk and you need to have certain qualifications and meet certain criterions to be eligible. This is what the top consulting firm look for in an internship applicant:
How to Apply?
McKinsey and company is known to hire people from premier institutes like IITs and IIMs. A large majority of interns in McKinsey are selected by campus placement. You can search the McKinsey website to learn if it visits your campus for placement. If not, you can visit their official website and click on Recruitment contact asking them to visit your campus.
And for students who don’t belong to these colleges, they need to buckle up and work to improve their skill-sets and prove themselves to be worthy enough to get a chance to intern with the company. They can enhance their resume by
Doing additional certifications
Working on winter and summer internships from the beginning of their academic career
Maintaining a consistent GPA of 8 points and above
Working on independent projects
Building a strong online portfolio
Once you have done all this, give a final push to your resume by getting strong referrals coming either from alumni or networking during consulting events.
Apply Online Through McKinsey Official Page
Go the McKinsey Career Page, make an account and apply for the Summer Business Analyst Role. Fill in all the usual documentation and upload your CV. You also have to option to include a cover letter with the application. However, it is not a mandatory thing.
Please take special note that the last date for applying to a summer internship in McKinsey is usually 31st January of that year and for winter internship is 30th October.
McKinsey & Company goes through a case interview process and have very structured hiring approach. Before the interview, they will provide you with links and information that will help you prepare. It is important that you understand everything mentioned in those links in extreme details and are able to answer any question in related fields.
There will be an online test followed by multiple rounds of interview. Their interview process is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive in the country and you might be asked many offbeat questions which you might have never thought of
In the interview, they generally judge people on analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities. So make sure you give them enough material to judge you on these parameters.
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