In this series of podcasts we look at each of the typical McKinsey/BCG FIT/PEI questions and provide a typical answer. Note, that while replicating this approach and standard will help you, we caution you that the main test of fit is in handling the cross-examination of your answer. Most candidates tend to be unprepared for that and we urge you to be very aware this will happen and to practice this interrogation style. You can never memorize your way out of these interrogations questions, since you cannot predict the actual question and, therefore, prepare for them. At least 20% of clients ignore this advice at their peril.

The reality is that McKinsey will rarely ask this question directly. They will ask a simple question, not referring to leadership, but expect you to always draw out leadership, analytic, teamwork and “can-do” attributes.

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2 responses to Discuss your analytic skills, sample answer

  1. Thanks Benjamin. Yes, I agree with Rutherford on that. Enrico Fermi said the very same thing as well.


  2. Thank you for this podcast Micheal. Rutherford would be proud.
    “If you can’t explain your physics to a barmaid, it is probably not very good physics.”
    ―Ernest Rutherford

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