Selection in consulting firms starts before the first round... with the shortlisting tests
"How to prepare professionally yourself for the shortlisting tests of the McKinsey 's Problem Solving Test "
How to get more than 80% of the answers correct at McKinsey's PST...
Mea culpa, since I make seminars to prepare people for interviews in consulting, my principle is to focus on case studies around which the Integral Method is built.
The shortlisting tests? I considered that no specific preparation was needed for them. In theory, the skills needed to succeed at these tests rest on the same base as the one needed to succeed at case studies; however, this is far from the truth in practice.
I have to admit I was totally mistaken on this one...
I was coaching candidates without particularly focusing on these shortlisting tests. The feedback from the candidates showed me that training oneself only for case studies isn't enough to prepare for McKinsey's PST and other shortlisting tests. McKinsey's PST indeed imposes many constraints likely to destabilize every candidate that isn't specifically prepared for this test.
To say it another way, you can absolutely be competitive for the interviews at McKinsey and fail the shortlisting tests of this firm! This is the feedback from several candidates who easily had the level for the case studies, but who failed at the Problem Solving Test. This made me become aware of the specific difficulty of preparing for these shortlisting tests.
Here are the specific difficulties of the tests that look like McKinsey's PST:
- The necessity to manage your time in a specific way, in a context where you have to reason and calculate a great deal in a very limited amount of time.
- The impossibility to share your questioning with anybody: the coldness of the computer screen or your sheet of paper will be your only support.
- Shortlisting tests are much more complicated than classical logic tests, such as the GMAT.
- A high failure rate, especially when candidates are not well prepared to this kind of test.
- Interesting free preparation supports available online are still insufficient to have the required skill level on D-Day.
How to measure yourself for these specific challenges?
To succeed at McKinsey's Problem Solving Test, you will have to:
- Reinforce your time management for this specific type of test; you’ll need to quickly identify your weak points.
- Become accustomed with the most classical reasoning sequences in these tests.
- Train yourself on a series of questions especially developed to enable you to test yourself beforehand... so that your potential failures are limited to your training sessions.
- Aim for score of 80% or higher in the time given.
To enable you to succeed at these shortlisting tests, I've decided to set up a specific preparation process to help you prepare for PST tests and achieve a score of 80% or higher.
Setting up this new preparation tool hasn't been easy. It’s required numerous test sessions and taking into account the remarks of the candidates before and after their interviews, in order to develop my exclusive preparation tool for McKinsey's Problem Solving Test.
Here is THE method to succeed at the McKinsey PST
This is a digital book that will enable you to succeed without mishap at this redoubtable selection test :
You will progress very quickly on this shortlisting component
The succession of questions is elaborated so that at the end of the book, you will be competitive for this test. Every question has a comprehensive solution so as to make the job easier for you.
Train yourself thanks to the content of the book and...
Give yourself the chance to succeed at the shortlisting tests in consulting groups, with a very short preparation time.
How much will this cost me?
The content of the training to ace McKinsey's PST is partially given in preparation seminars in several reference institutions, on a selective basis – all students of the concerned Grandes Ecoles don't have access to this training. Typically, we deal with two PST tests in detail during a day of work and I charge a minimum amount of $1,200 excluding tax for a day of training.
In short, concerning the content of the training, I charge my institutional clients around $1,800 excluding tax for this exclusive tool, which is crucial to getting invited to the first rounds in most consulting firms.
My goal with management-consulting-formula.com, is to contribute to open the consulting sector to most people, so no I won't set the price of this content to $1,800 excluding tax, not even $600, $400 but rather $67.
And what if the book doesn't suit me afterwards?
I wish you the same success with this book than the previous readers!
To your success,