How to (really) master the McKinsey PEI

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How to master the McKinsey Personal Experience Interview (PEI)

The Personal Experience Interview is probably the most underestimated part of the McKinsey interviewing process – and unlike candidates' perceptions it is sometimes even more important than the actual case interview.

McKinsey doesn't hire solely for entry-level consultants, but wants to have potential future engagement managers and partners as well. And the more senior your role, the more important interpersonal skills become. As a consequence, the PEI is very, very important even for evaluating potential entry level consultants.

To make sure that you know everything that is needed to master the McKinsey Personal Experience Interview, I compiled a comprehensive eBook with invaluable, compressed knowledge, containing

  • overview and background information about the PEI, so you really understand what the interviewer is looking for and to prepare effectively and efficiently
  • detailed explanation of the 3 core dimensions, explaining the key issues in great detail you need to be careful about to deliver a compelling PEI story to your interviewer
  • a practical step-by-step guide on how to correctly develop your PEI story, to convince your interviewer about your personal fit from the very first sentence on (there is only 1 chance to make a first impression!)
  • a compilation of mistakes made by the numerous candidates I was coaching, that cost them 200.000€-400.000€ of income over the typical duration of 2-3 years in consulting, also explaining why exactly these mistakes immediately raise red flags in the interviewers mind and how to avoid them
  • 20 real-life PEI questions from real McKinsey interviewers, each of them requiring you to respond and adapt your story accordingly
  • 15 real life sample stories from successful candidates to give you a good grasp on what successful stories look like, so that you can prepare your own stories accordingly
  • and as a bonus, a compilation of must-read books to really start thinking like a tier-one consultant, which will also give you a good understanding of the McKinsey mindset so you can prepare and act accordingly in your interviews


A long story short: everything you need to know to really master the Personal Experience Interview and to make sure that you will get the McKinsey offer!

And here are the stats:

Out of all candidates who purchased Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep eBook and left me some feedback, and did at least a 1hr PEI coaching session with me, 96% successfully passed their PEI Interview at McKinsey - I guess that is a pretty good ratio!


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Why this really works in practice and is definitely worth the money

There is a reason why some of my coaching candidates received their McKinsey offers directly after their first 3 case & PEI interviews, without even having to go through the final interview round!


Given the extremely high performance standards of McKinsey interviewers, it is difficult enough to receive a McKinsey offer at all - the more I am proud of my coaching candidates, who secured their offer directly after their first 3 case & PEI interviews. Therefore I am also 100% sure that my approach really works in practice - and The Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep eBook and coaching most definitely were a crucial element of those candidates' prep!

You can purchase and download your copy of The Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep eBook immediately right here:

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If you feel that the Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep ebook is not useful at all for your PEI prep, let me know within 7 days of purchase and I will throw in a one-on-one PEI coaching session for FREE to make sure that you didn't only think you applied all the knowledge contained in the Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep ebook , but that you actually did!


If your PEI examples are close to perfect already and I cannot add any significant improvement to your PEI example, guess what! You will not only have had a coaching session free-of-charge , but I will also transfer back your full purchase price of the Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep ebook, so that it is really 100% risk-free for you.


Why I would actually want to do this? I know that there will be some abuse of this guarantee, but I trust in the honesty and integrity of McKinsey candidates and future McKinsey consultants.


My rationale for giving this 100% guarantee is quite simple, actually.  


My basic approach in business is delivering high value and therefore delivering stuff which really works in practice. I am 100% sure that the Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep ebook contains so much priceless knowledge for your PEI prep which you cannot get anywhere else. This will give you a huge advantage already compared to most other candidates.  


Knowing all this theoretically out of the Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep ebook will not really help you in your interviews, if you do not apply all this knowledge on your PEI examples. In case you think that the Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep ebook did not help you in your prep, according to experience it is almost certain that you did not fully apply all the contained knowledge on your PEI examples. If you go to your McKinsey interview prepared like this, your failure is hardly to avoid. And this would be a lose-lose situation for both of us - you would have spent money on something which you could not use, and I would have an unhappy customer. So the only logical thing for me to do is to make sure myself that your PEI examples are perfectly prepared, even if it might cost me a coaching session for free to get things right for you.

To make your Personal Experience Interview bullet-proof, make sure to have at least a 1hr PEI coaching session booked. You can find more information on my PEI coaching offer here.

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Candidates about Robert's McKinsey PEI Prep


"Amazing! I really had no idea how complex it [the PEI] is and how much preparation and insight is necessary to really master the PEI. Thanks for sharing your precious knowledge - I really appreciate it and also need to say thanks for helping me out on this one as well!" (Tim, Beijing)


"At the beginning the PEI was a black box for me and I could not quite imagine the precise requirements. It was unbelievable to see the douzens of aspects that need to be considered in mastering this part of the selection process." (Jessica, London)


"To be honest I am not sure I would have secured an offer without Robert's help and guidance. He definitely did an excellent job of guiding me through the whole preparation process, especially putting my full attention to the PEI after working on the cases. Without all this knowledge about it [the PEI] I would have blown it." (James, Kiev)

Details & background of The Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep eBook

The Ultimate McKinsey PEI Prep eBook is a comprehensive, practically oriented roadmap which will guide you through all the steps necessary to truly master this part of the McKinsey selection process.

It is easy to understand and will support you during your preparation process in order to ensure the perfect outcome – a successful application leading to an offer!
To make your training easier, I included a lot of real-life PEI information I collected from my coaching candidates, like sample questions asked by interviewers and the most common mistakes which are really easy to avoid when you know where the pitfalls are hidden. Furthermore I included 5 sample stories each for every PEI dimension from coaching candidates who received an offer, in order to give you a very practical understanding and inspiration how to prepare your own stories.

On top of all this, you will get the inside scoop on tactical issues outlining the perfect approach to the McKinsey PEI - revealing even some more secrets on how to succeed!


Table of contents:

  1. The Big Picture
  2. McKinsey Candidate Assessment Dimensions Overview
  3. The PEI Dimensions
  4. The PEI Preparation Process
  5. PEI Sample Questions
  6. PEI Sample Stories From Successful Candidates
  7. PEI Tactical Issues to Consider
  8. PEI Common Mistakes to Avoid
  9. Bonus: Must‐Read Books on Consulting

I have been coaching candidates applying to the Top Tier Management Consultancy firms, particularly McKinsey and BCG, for roughly three years and have made one striking observation – candidates prepare in a very detailed and diligent manner for the case interview itself, but mostly neglect the Personal Experience Interview part.

The hardest part for me is to see excellent candidates NEARLY receive an offer, they worked so hard for and dreamed so long of (and yes, invested quite some time and also money into it) - receiving feedback like "well, you really did an amazing job at all case studies, but you did not convince us on a personal level".


So make sure this does not happen to you and start preparing for your interview success right now - don't put your successful application at risk easily, because the stakes are too high!


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