Guide to Fit Interviews Cracking the fit codeâ€Ś
Where are you?
Speak with second year students
Attend firm information sessions
Network with alumni
Conduct informational interviews
Practice case and fit interviews
Apply and drop resumes
Now is the time to ramp up the Interview prep
How do employers think? • Hiring is time consuming. mistakes can be costly • Employers look for three qualities Passion for the function, industry & company Cultural Fit (For eg. Amazon Vs. Microsoft) Relevant skills to succeed on the job
Recruiters believe that your past behavior is the best predictor for your future behavior! Mohit Kant
How do employers think? Hiring Managers are looking for: • Technical Acumen I.Q . 40% • Social Acumen E.Q . 50% • Clarity of Purpose I have a Clue 10% IQ = Intellectual Quotient EQ = Emotional Quotient (the behavioral stuff) Source Mohit Kant
Fatal mistakes • Not selling yourself enough to justify an offer • Providing an unstructured answer • Providing generic (* non-memorable *) answers
Fit interview framework Baseline Questions Qualities Leadership Ability
Tell me about a timeâ€Ś
Sr. Team Member Teamwork
Peer Conflict Management
Create all possible Quality + Stakeholder trees to cover approximately 75% of Behavioral questions
Baseline questions • • • • • • •
Please take a minute and run me through your resume What do you think makes a good management consultant? Tell me your greatest professional weakness What drew you to McKinsey/Bain/BCG/etc? Why this office? What would your friends say is your biggest strength? What motivated you to look into consulting careers?
Baseline questions help employers form initial impression on your candidacy Mohit Kant
Uncover the unasked questions • Have you dealt with a difficult person? If so, explain how you managed the situation. • Describe a scenario where you lead a team in the face of a major obstacle. • Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership • Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone of something
How does he/she manage difficult people?
Can he/she lead a team? How does he/she handle adversity?
Can he/she persuade people?
Structure, Be Succinct..
• Tell them what you’re going to tell them (brief background, your role, the problem) • Tell them (how you thought about the situation, what did you end up doing) • Final punch (what was the impact? Quantify) Tell a story, don’t answer a question Mohit Kant
How to prepare? • Write down & bucket stories into categories (leadership, team etc.) • Bucket again into tiers (tier -1, tier -2 etc.) • Practice narration till it becomes second nature • Get feedback from MBA2s, Friends and Peers on content, structure and Delivery • Once content and structure are finalized, focus on other attributes – eye contact, hand movements, portraying confidence Mohit Kant
The primacy and recency effects: The primacy effect means that people remember the first thing they read or see. The recency effect means people remember the last, or most recent, thing they read or see.
EMPHASIZE IMPORTANT INFORMATION USE ANECTODES TAKE A PAUSE DURING TRANSITIONS
Do you have any questions for me? LAST CHANCE TO LEAVE A STRONG IMPRESSION
• Research your interviewers (if feasible) • Talk to as many people as possible before the interview • Ask questions very specific to the organization for eg: If a company launched a new service, ask how the market is responding and share your opinion Mohit Kant
Other resources 1.Michigan Alumni Interview Handbook 2.Olinâ€™s Consulting Interviews Handbook 3.Univ. of Michigan Guide to Interviews