What we look for:
We hire exceptional people with outstanding capabilities and great potential in four areas. Each area is critical to success in our day-to-day work.
Problem solvingWe help leaders solve their toughest and most urgent problems. We have superior intellectual abilities and a practical sense of what works in complex organizations.
AchievingWe strive to deliver distinctive and lasting client impact. This requires tremendous energy, determination, and judgment, particularly when working with multiple stakeholders under tight deadlines.
Personal impactWe work closely with a wide range of people in their daily jobs. This calls for strong communication skills—particularly when addressing conflicting points of view. We are adept at building trusting relationships with clients to enlist their participation and support.
LeadershipLeading people and fostering productive teamwork are critical to success here. Our leadership skills bring people together to drive positive change within organizations.
Improving your resume:
The first part of the candidate screening process at McKinsey is a resume review. We use resumes to help us determine whom to invite to our interviewing process. Therefore, it is important for your resume to be the best possible reflection of you and of your achievements.
Your resume should not only accurately reflect your achievements to date, but also provide some sense of the scale of those achievements. A successful resume will also give the reader a sense for who you are as a person, as reflected in the activities and achievements you view as important in your life.
Our resume/CV reviewers look for evidence of achievement in the four key skill areas outlined in what we look for: problem-solving, achieving, personal impact, and leadership.
We prefer to see details of graduate work and college/tertiary education first. Include your degree subject, university, degree grades, or GPA at each major milestone of your course (for example, magna cum laude overall, summa cum laude in first year) and any major prizes or awards, specifying key dates. You should also include any significant academic projects (e.g., senior thesis, major research work, etc.) that you feel help illustrate your academic ability.
Depending on your national background, it may be important that you provide details of your results in all subjects in key examinations (e.g., high school diploma, ‘A' levels, baccalaureate grades).
Applicants who have taken standardized tests such as the GMAT, LSAT, SAT, etc. should also include their scores. Provide as much detail as possible here. If you have academic transcripts showing detailed grades, send us a copy. If you studied in an academic system with which we may be unfamiliar, try where possible to translate your result to help the reviewer understand (e.g., top two percent of students nationally).
If you have work experience, emphasize what you achieved in each major role beyond your key day-to-day responsibilities. We are most interested in the impact you have had in your career (e.g., the key things that changed because of your direct involvement). You may also describe unique skills and experiences that will help us understand the strengths you bring to the table.
We are interested in any volunteer or charity work, or positions of responsibility in professional bodies—particularly where they demonstrate leadership, initiative-taking, or extraordinary commitment.
Similarly, you should include leadership positions, significant involvement in extracurricular activities, and significant participation in sports, games, societies, or hobbies. For example, a high level of achievement in a sport tells us something about your commitment and drive to achieve. Don't just tell us about your hobbies; tell us what you have achieved in pursuing them.
Generally you should only include items that you feel will help us understand your strengths better (rather than including something just for the sake of having it).
Include any foreign languages for which you have business conversational ability or better. For languages, rate yourself as either basic, competent, or fluent.