What to Expect
Be prepared to talk about anything on your resume.
This style is based on the assumption that a person's past performance is the best predictor of future performance. You will often hear questions that begin, "Tell me about a time when..." and ask about your leadership experiences, how you handle conflict, and other performance-related areas. These are open-ended questions, and you should provide a detailed response. Practice answering questions using the STAR technique:
- S - Situation (provide context)
- T - Task (say what you were trying to accomplish or the task at hand)
- A - Action (tell what YOU did)
- R - Results (explain the outcome, even if it was not what you expected)
These questions and/or cases will assess your problem-solving skills and use of logic. An example of this type of question is, "How many gallons of white paint are purchased in the U.S. each year?" or "If you were opening a new fast food restaurant in Lexington, what things would you consider?" Share your logic with the interviewer as you form a response - this is more important than accuracy. There are excellent practice cases on the website of BCG, McKinsey and other management consulting firms. Also consider guides such as Crack the Case.
- Dress as a professional. A business suit is recommended.
- Arrive early and be nice and respectful to everyone you meet.
- Use a firm handshake.
- Make sure you know each interviewer's name. Ask for a business card if needed.
After the Interview
- Write each interviewer a thank you note within 48 hours. Email is acceptable.
- Take notes on high and low points.
- Evaluate and consider the position and the organization - is this a good choice for you?