Interview with Eric Rosato M.S. in Commerce ’14
Describe your interview process with McKinsey & Company.
Mirroring McKinsey’s global reach and impact as a firm, my interview process took place in three different countries on two different continents as I traveled with 25 classmates and three fearless professors throughout Latin America on McIntire’s Global Immersion Experience (GIE). I first participated in a phone interview in Panama that consisted mainly of basic analytic-based questions (“describe factor analysis”), and completed my second round in McKinsey’s Buenos Aires office. There, I took the McKinsey Problem Solving Test and had three 60-minute interviews that were half personality/leadership interviews and half case interviews with a focus on analytics.
After passing that round and completing my travels abroad, I finished up in the Summit, N.J., McKinsey office to sit face-to-face with members of the team I had at that point hoped to join. The GIE travel added an interesting element to the interview experience, but my McIntire professors were extremely flexible and supportive while abroad in allowing me time to prepare and to interview.
How have the skills you learned at McIntire helped you in your current job?
I’d bucket the skills into two categories: team-based work and analytic/consulting preparation. The way the McIntire M.S. in Commerce Program is designed—with heavy emphasis on working in groups, managing team dynamics, and delivering high-quality work in teams—provided a year for me to learn how to become the most effective, value-adding team member before even stepping foot into the McKinsey team room. I’m finding that both the successes and failures I experienced while working in teams at McIntire helped me to hit the ground running at McKinsey.
Secondly, without the coursework in Marketing and Quantitative Analysis and Consulting to Management, I simply wouldn’t have been prepared to have the position I currently do. The three-month Kate Spade New York project that we completed for Marketing and Quantitative Analysis was a truly valuable experience that taught me many skills I use quite often in my role at McKinsey. I learned not only how to run meaningful analysis (cue Professor Netemeyer yelling, “Analyze!”), but also how to both think about the analytics with a “business mind” and work comfortably and confidently with a client’s C-level team to drive strategy. To be able to work alongside a company’s CEO and then turn around and present your team’s work to him, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, and Senior Marketing Director—all while still in graduate school—was not only a unique McIntire experience, but it also gave me the skills and confidence needed in my current role at McKinsey.
What is your favorite part about working in analytics at McKinsey?
What I love about working in analytics at McKinsey is being able to work with some of the best national and global companies to help solve tangible, interesting issues and drive innovation for the consumer. While doing this, I get to work alongside some of the most driven, intelligent, and fun people I’ve ever been around—well, that is, since my time not so long ago on Grounds in the M.S. in Commerce Program.
Written By: Ellie Reed