Yes! McKinsey hires Undergraduates, Advanced Degree graduates, MBA graduates and Experienced Professionals for generalist consulting roles. As an undergraduate, you will be hired into the firm as a Business Analyst. Consulting is a great career choice for fresh graduates who want to learn about lots of business sectors quickly, and was a very popular option for the Harvard undergraduates I interviewed whilst at Mckinsey.
Now, McKinsey is one of the most selective employers in the world. In 2016, they reportedly received more than a million of applications globally, and hired less than 1% of these applicants.
At undergraduate level, most applicants are students at the top universities in their country. Yet, more than 90% do not get invited to interview.
To be invited to interview, your profile needs to stand out. Most successful applicants:
- Study at a university where McKinsey recruits. You can check this here on their . If that’s not the case, the odds are against you but not impossible
- Graduate with top grades. If you study at one of the very best universities, one that sends a large contingent of undergraduate to McKinsey, graduating in the top half of the class could be enough. If you study at another university, where McKinsey only recruits a handful of students a year, then you need to be in the top 5-10% of your class
- Show evidence of quantitative skills. Being a management consultant requires strong numerical skills. This can be demonstrated through high test scores, your degree subject or previous internships
- Show evidence of top potential: leadership positions in prominent student organizations/sports teams, selective internships, high-test scores, presentations to large audiences
Your profile can be weaker in one area but strong in others – the decision is made on balance.
If you are one of the lucky few to be invited to interviews then you need to prepare rigorously. Only 1 in 10 interviewed get the job so investing considerable time preparing is crucial (you will need to do 30+ live mock case interviews to stand out).
If you would like to learn more about the consulting interview process and how to prepare, watch this video:
If you can't get in at undergrad - you can always apply later as an Experienced Professional, or as an MBA / Advanced Degree holder!