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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1 response to Talk about a leadership example, sample answer

  1. Hi Michael,

    Both of the examples you have here, the conversations were around the candidate convincing someone senior of the value of their idea. I was wondering, if, given that, it is important to have people reporting to you in a leadership example. While I can definitely talk about ideas that I pitched to people who were more senior, both successfully and unsuccessfully, I was wondering if it is mandatory to have people reporting to you in the leadership question, especially when interviewing for entry level positions.


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