ARE MBAs A MUST TO GET AN OFFER FROM McKINSEY?
If you are currently in business undergraduate school or a Business Graduate School program, and you have already made up your mind about wether or not you should be getting an MBA to get in to McKinsey, the short answer is no. An MBA is not an employment requirement. There are many candidates who who got offers with McKinsey without needing an MBA. Some of them were fresh out of undergraduate school, others had very advanced degrees such as PhD, JDs, MDs, and of course MBAs.
An applicant may not have to go to business school to start working with McKinsey, however an MBA is still the best way to get your chances high of being hired by the firm.
The reputation of the creating CEOs and high level managers speak for itself. The list of business leaders and successful McKinsey alumni is long and speaks for itself. They are a proof that a career at McKinsey will take you to higher places. That is why this firm has been the top destination for most MBAs for the past few decades.
One of the reasons why an MBA is preferred by McKinsey, is how it makes the recruiting process easier for McKinsey’s recruiting managers. It is easy to hire MBA graduates. The firm set up a system where they first target the schools where these MBA students are studying. So, these students are already ahead in the recruiting process because they are included in the firm’s recruiting strategy process. When you are an MBA graduate, you are already in the recruiting pool. Additionally, MBA graduates already have demonstrated their consulting skills in school. With an MBA from a top business school, the applicant is demonstration that they have the skills required in a consultant, like being able to multitask, prioritize, and focus on results. Finally, MBA programs often provide their students with access to networking. This makes it easier for them to get noticed by McKinsey and other consulting firms.