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McKinsey and Co offering toughest job interview process

Aug 13
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Consulting firm McKinsey and Company offer one of the toughest interview processes, ahead of big names such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook, according to a new survey.

It is the third time the company has finished on top of Glassdoor's "top 25 most difficult companies to interview".

According to Glassdoor spokeswoman Mary Jo Fitzgerald, some of the most common themes were the multiple rounds of interviews and testing, as well as challenging questions about algorithms, problem solving and data structures.

Around 170,000 interview were submitted for the survey, with companies needing reviews from at least 20 people, who would rate both the interview process and the company as whole, in order to be considered for inclusion in the rankings.

Those submitting feedback were requested to rate interview using a five-point scale from one for "very easy", to five for "very difficult".

McKinsey and Company managed to gain an average difficulty rating of 3.9 points.

Glassdoor claims that the difficulty of interviews is arguably unsurprising, as the starting salary for many of the positions at McKinsey can be as much as $127,000 (£82,000).

On its website, the firm outlines two areas of the recruitment process, including "experience" and "case" interviews.

Case interviews often involve the testing of how clients react in situations that could commonly present themselves when they are in the role.

One such scenario featured on the company's website looks at strategic advice and evaluation of a pharmaceutical acquisition.

A problem-solving test is also part of the process, as well as a series of maths tests, which Glassdoor claims can be compared to graduate management tests.

Competitor Boston Consulting Group (BCG) came in third place, while Thoughtwork, Gartner, and Bain and Company, came in second, fourth, fifth respectively.

A total of four consulting companies were included in the rundown, with the industry coming second only to the technology sector, which had 11 companies listed.

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