After a successful interview process, I landed a junior consultant position offer from a European MBB office. However, the excitement quickly turned to despair once I was told that my previously communicated preferred starting date (in 8 months) will not work for them and the only possible starting date in this office is in 2 months. No detailed explanation was given as to why is this the case.
Due to personal reasons and other commitments, I am not able to start this early. After elaborating on this, I was given the choice to either take the offer with the early starting date or walk away from the offer.
Is this non-flexibility with regards to starting dates a common practice at MBBs? Has anyone encountered such a thing? My close peers applying to other MBB offices were taken by surprise by this. I'm wondering what's behind if this is not a common practice.