A naturally curious and inquisitive mind: having the desire to understand the essence of things.

If you have exceptional analytical skills, a good university education, an enterprising attitude, a healthy curiosity about what else there is to experience in the world, and fluent Czech/Slovak as well as English, becoming a management consultant at McKinsey could be the best next step for you.

We look for people with exceptional analytical skills who have developed themselves substantially during their work or studies. We examine your ability to solve problems, your drive, personal impact, and leadership. Your results at university are an indication of your perseverance and intellectual capabilities. To become a generalist consultant at McKinsey, your study background isn't important. If you aspire to a career in our Digital McKinsey, then we expect you to have a sound knowledge in these areas, obtained through a university-level education and/or substantial work experience.

 

Ability to solve problems

To us, the ability to solve problems means creative intelligence, i.e., the ability to extract essential information from an obscure jumble of data to subsequently form logical conclusions. It is not only a matter of IQ; creativity is just as important for developing genuinely new insights into complex problems. The following skills and characteristics are important to us:

  • Clear, logical reasoning: lending structure to complex issues; setting priorities.
  • A naturally curious and inquisitive mind: having the desire to understand the essence of things.
  • The ability to synthesize: being able to form conclusions from various facts; always looking for the answer to the question, 'so what?'
  • Creativity in devising new lines of approach
  • Commercial insight: having a good feel for commercial concepts and practical solutions.
  • A way with numbers: having an intuitive feel for the application of figures.

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Drive

We understand drive as the art of exercising one's clout – in other words, being able to effect genuine change. We constantly strive to deliver distinctive client service. To achieve this while handling multiple stakeholders and often tight deadlines, you should have:

  • Good judgment and sound reason: being able to make a decent estimate about the feasibility and practicality of situations.
  • Ability to cope with pressure: being untroubled by stressful situations such as an interview, deadline or presentation.
  • Resourcefulness: being prepared to push aside ready-made solutions; managing to overcome obstacles.
  • Focus on the end product and action: believing in making things work.
  • Energy: having enough perseverance to get things done; preparedness to work hard and invest more than average in your own future.

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Personal impact

We work with a wide range of people in their day to day jobs. Apart from having a specific set of skills, you should be able to use them in sensitive situations. Specifically, we look for the following skills and characteristics:

  • Strong communication skills: having a clear and open way of communicating; getting straight to the point.
  • Integrity: being genuine and trustworthy, and receptive to other people's ideas
  • An independent outlook: maturity, assertiveness, but not arrogance.
  • Personal achievements: setting high goals for yourself; wanting to do great things.
  • Ability to influence: being able to build a working relationship with clients within a short time; able to make a good impression, also at top management level.

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Leadership

Leading people and effective teamwork are key to success both within McKinsey and with our clients. You should have outstanding leadership skills in order to drive positive change in complex organizations. On top of the skills mentioned in the previous sections, we look for the following:

  • Ability to work in teams and play a leading role in them (directly or indirectly): being able to encourage, listen to and empathize with others and respond appropriately.
  • Role modeling: being prepared to take personal risks; undertaking things with others; encouraging colleagues to perform well.

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