Cover letter for McKinsey (5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for McKinsey.”

Samples of cover letter for McKinsey position

When applying for a position at McKinsey, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the McKinsey resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a McKinsey position”

“Dear Sir/Madam,

Financial Analyst

I am writing in response to the Business Analyst Intern position offered. This cover letter is aimed at outlining the skills and knowledge I have acquired from my studies in related fields, as well as the diverse experience I have gained from my previous work experiences. I believe I possess the necessary capabilities in order to make a difference and create value in your organisation.

As a prospective graduate of the MSc Finance of Cass Business School in London I see McKinsey & Company as a great opportunity to begin my career. Both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies have provided me with the required knowledge to succeed in any finance role. More specifically courses in Advance Corporate Finance, Raising Equity Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Trading and Market Microstructure among others, offer transferable skills that will hopefully be translated into making sound investment and management decisions in my future career. Additionally, having completed a training program at Olayan Group, a private investments firm, I have gained the specific experience needed to be successful in providing financial advice. More importantly my training coincided with the company restructuring its portfolio of investments, which gave me a great idea of the process, and provided me with invaluable experience to be able to cope with similar matters in the future. Moreover, during my internship in PricewaterhouseCoopers I was trained in both the consulting and assurance departments, where I had the opportunity to learn from industry experts and managed to complete my own projects for reputable clients.

McKinsey & Company’s culture is highly motivating, as the focus is on team-work and producing efficient, effective results in a timely manner. The ability of the firm to deliver complex solutions to its clients is one of the many factors that set McKinsey & Company apart from its peers. Along these lines, I trust that my long-term aims of continuous improvement and value creation for the company are perfectly associated with your line of business, thus a career opportunity in McKinsey & Company will be an invaluable experience for me.

I would like to thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact me via telephone or email. I look forward to scheduling an interview in order to further discuss how I can positively contribute to your company’s success.

Yours faithfully,”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for a McKinsey position”

“Ting Huang

403 Argonne Street

Newark, DE 19711



William Akers

Three World Trade Center 

175 Greenwich St 

New York, NY 10007

Dear William,

I am writing to apply for the Associate position at McKinsey & Company, Silicon Valley. I am confident your clients will be able to benefit from my unique skill set to help solve their complex challenges. My Ph.D. at Princeton on Linking Strategy with Inter‐Organisational Relationships has given me deep insights into contemporary business trends like globalization, vertical disintegration, the reduction in supplier bases, and the focusing of operations and outsourcing of non-core activities. This specialist knowledge will be an invaluable contribution to McKinsey’s specific practice teams.

In the pursuit of my doctorate, I have published three articles in the Academy of Management Annals on the topic of strategic planning and supply chain management. In a summer internship with BCG I was tasked with delivering creative solutions to a client’s corporate travel spend. This involved moving disparate procedures within different teams and offices into a single online solution that has resulted in annual savings of $1M+ and a weekly reduction of 50 hours in human resources. McKinsey’s clients look for tangible results and savings and I intend to deliver such value as an Associate.

Working as a McKinsey Associate would be the ultimate achievement for me. My experience and academic record has had the objective of developing the exceptional analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment that are non-negotiables for McKinsey. This position is a perfect match for my laser focused and data driven mindset and my absolute commitment to a powerful esprit de corps.

I would relish the chance to meet you to discuss how I can help to solve the most difficult business challenges such as leveraging my specialist knowledge of omnichannel integration to improve supply chain efficiency. I’d be delighted to demonstrate how my academic and professional pursuit of excellence in management consultancy can help McKinsey deliver the best to it’s blue-chip clientele. 


Ting Huang”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for a McKinsey position”


McKinsey & Company

Re: [Position Title] in [City] office

To Whom It May Concern:

As a junior majoring in [Major] at [College], I am excited to apply for a Summer Associate role in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York offices. I am confident my previous internship experience, analytical skills, and problem-solving ability will enable me to add quick value to the firm’s teams and clients.

My overwhelmingly positive experiences with McKinsey moved me to apply. From attending the McKinsey info session and speaking with several consultants including John Smith and Kate Doe, I learned about the distinguishing qualities that make McKinsey an ideal place to start a career. But beyond the obvious credentials of a top-notch client base, unmatched global network, and a platform to effect deep, large-scale change on business and society, it is the passion for business and true culture of collaboration I have seen exhibited in McKinsey consultants that sets the firm apart for me.

I have had an interest in consulting ever since middle school, when I first made recommendations to my parents on adjustments to make at the restaurant they owned. Seeing how my subtle suggestions delighted customers had me hooked, and problem-solving within a business context has been my aim ever since.

Since then, I have pursued this goal via multiple internships and project experiences. As a student consultant for a nonprofit organization, I led a team of four on a cost-reduction project. My research and analysis led to a successful recommendation of how our client could reduce costs by 15% while increasing payroll. Through a workstream I led as a Business Analyst at Dropbox, I led 10 focus groups and conducted a nationwide survey with 3,000+ responses to identify the top 5 millennial technology trends. These trends were then compiled in a report presented to senior leadership to inform decision-making.

Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,


Sample 4: “Cover letter for a McKinsey position”

“San Jose, Jan 5, 2020

John Employer

Hiring Manager

McKinsey & Company New York

Three World Trade Center, 175 Greenwich St

New York, NY 10007

Dear John,

It is with pleasure that I’m applying for the position of Associate at the NY McKinsey & Company office. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics and Econometrics from the London School of Economics in 2018, and have since held internship positions in different capacities at KPMG and JP Morgan Stanley. Having decided that neither accounting nor investment banking makes me tick, but solving problems and helping people and companies out does.

Previous to my Master’s study, I graduated with 1st Class Honours from the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Balliol College, Oxford University. During this time, I was the Society Secretary of the Consulting Society. During the economic downturn of the 2010s, many British high streets have started emptying, shops going out of business and boarding up, the same for many local businesses. Oxford was not spared. Together with the 38 active members of the consulting society, we spent two months planning and implementing structure, processes, and events, where we would offer free consultation clinics to local business owners, self-employed people, and many others who did not fit that profile but came to us with their material and administrative struggles. During the same time, the Hindu, Orthodox Christian, Buddhist and Sikh societies teamed up to tackle the growing homelessness problem around Oxford. As we had overlap between the clubs, some suggested to try and combine tackling both problems, so we managed to find full or part-time employment for 3 of these people, and also rented one of the failing shop fronts to create a pop-up store where the staff were 50/50 students and the now ex-homeless, with the profits (~$10k) going towards setting up an emergency fund for people in crisis. Solving multiple socio-economic problems at once for people who need it is an utmostly rewarding feeling, and I believe I will be able to do the same for the clients at McKinsey.

Working as an Associate at McKinsey New York would be the ultimate leap for me. In terms of what I want to do, there isn’t a better place to do it. The skills and range of experiences I bring is unique, and McKinsey would appreciate an Associate that puts the client interests ahead of the firm’s, and maintains an independent perspective.

When is a good time to schedule a call or meeting to discuss whether the solutions we implemented in response to certain social structures breaking down in Oxford would be scalable as a model for future action in advising both UK & US local and central governments on handling these issues?

Best Regards,

Ruth Beckham


Sample 5: “Cover letter for a McKinsey position”

“[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

123 Company Address

Company’s City, State, Zip Code

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Dear [Mr./Ms./Mx.] [Hiring Manager’s Last Name],

As a long-term admirer of McKinsey’s consulting practices and commitment to excellence through mentoring and apprenticeship, I’m excited to be applying for the Associate position at the Boston office. My 6 years of experience in consulting, and recent MBA acquired at the University of California, Berkeley, have given me insights and expertise in supply chain management and finance that I’m confident will be valuable in helping serve McKinsey’s clients.

While pursuing my MBA, I published 2 articles on internal restructuring and streamlining supply chain management channels. In my current role at Protiviti, I work closely with a team of 5 consultants, identifying client issues and proposing solutions. Within 3 years, my team has assisted 30+ companies (including five Fortune 500s) in analyzing and solving problems related to strategic management, internal restructuring, and supply chain efficiency. Please accept the following as a snapshot of my key achievements thus far in my career:

  • Recommended and oversaw the restructuring and merging of 2 internal departments (total of 1000+ employees) to streamline business processes, resulting in a reduction of 30+ labor hours weekly, saving $300,000 USD annually in company salary expenses
  • Worked with clients to develop an online platform aimed at centralizing order processing. Eliminated $50,000 in company overhead (10% of total), and increased annual revenue by $200,000 along with company product offerings by 20% due to new ease of product accessibility for customers

Working as a McKinsey Associate would be a great achievement in my personal career and growth as a consultant. I’m especially interested in McKinsey’s growth in the French market. Being bilingual in both English and French, I’m extremely motivated to serve McKinsey’s French clients, further cementing itself as a valuable asset to French businesses.

I would love a chance to sit down with you in an interview to better discuss and demonstrate how my expertise and skills will be an asset to McKinsey and its clientele in solving difficult business operations challenges. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Additionally, I am currently located in San Jose, California, but more than willing to relocate to Boston for the Associate consulting position.


Your name”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of cover letters for the McKinsey position

Can a cover letter hurt your chances?

Yes, a bad cover letter can hurt your chances just as much as a good one can help. That’s why three words can stop you cold while you’re searching for jobs: “Cover letter optional.”

What are the elements of a cover letter?

The Four Parts of a Cover Letter

  • Address the Recruiter by Name.
  • Address the Company’s Needs.
  • Tell the Recruiter Why You Want to Work Here.
  • Tell Them How to Reach You.

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