Frequently Asked Questions
In order to apply for a position in the Greater China Office, both English and Mandarin Chinese are required at a business proficiency level in reading, writing and speaking.
- If you are currently an undergraduate or Master’s degree student, or have recently graduated with such a degree, you will be considered for a Business Analyst position.
- If you are currently an MBA candidate, or have recently graduated from business school, you will be considered for an Associate position.
- If you are pursuing an advanced professional degree (e.g. PhD, JD, MD, etc), you will either be considered for an Associate or a Junior Associate position. The position you assume upon joining the firm will be decided at the offer stage.
- If you are an experienced professional currently working for another firm, your potential role at McKinsey will be considered on an individual basis, depending on your experience and professional accomplishments.
No – as one firm, we have a centralized application process. You will need to specify on your online application which offices you are interested in. You are able to specify up to 4 offices, and you should do so in order of preference. Applicants are only eligible to interview with one office worldwide. Depending on the status of your application, you will be contacted by a member of one of the recruiting teams to discuss the options available to you.
While a keen interest in business is critical, a business degree is not. Our consultants have degrees in many fields, including liberal arts and sciences. In fact, the majority of consultants have degrees outside of the fields of business or economics.
There is no absolute cutoff for GPA. Academic performance alone does not determine your success as a candidate. There are five areas of talent and character that are at the heart of what we seek in people: personal impact, entrepreneurial drive, problem-solving skills, and an orientation toward achievement and leadership. We seek to build a holistic picture of each applicant before we make a decision, taking work and life experience into account.
Your application will not be reconsidered until a period of 18 months has passed since your previous application. A decision from one office stands for the firm worldwide.
There is no typical week at McKinsey. Your weekly hours will vary according to the engagement you are involved in and teams normally discuss working patterns at the start of an engagement to take into account individual needs and manage ‘crunches’.
All generalist consultants in the Greater China Office are in one staffing pool. Given the diversity of clients we serve, many of our engagements take place ‘out of town’ and in such cases, consultants typically fly out on Sunday night and come back to spend Friday in their home office. By working on site with our clients, we can do a much better job of understanding their situation.