Hi, great question and my TLDR answer is to not sweat it.
When I was on the recruiting team a few months ago, this was a very common question we received. To answer your questions in further detail, this is exactly what I would tell students:
1. Will I be able to apply to McKinsey Fulltime BA if I failed the McKinsey Solve Challenge last year (when applying for the Summer Internship)? Will I still receive a Solve Challenge?
- Yes! You are encouraged to apply for fulltime roles even if the summer internship does not work out for you. Keep in mind our acceptance rate for the internship is in the single-digits, making it even harder to receive than most prestigious universities. I failed my summer internship recruitment with McKinsey (didn't even pass resume screening) but still joined full-time. You will receive a chance to play the Solve Challenge again.
2. Will I get the chance to do the Solve Challenge for my Full-time BA application or will they just use my old score from when I applied for the McKinsey Summer Internship (Summer BA)?
- Similar to above, because these are considered two different roles and have had a decent amount of time between the two applications, you will do the Solve Challenge again.
Many students tend to get nervous or anxious about the Solve Challenge, and even more so when it comes to the internship. How you perform on it now will not affect your chances for the full-time application and I HEAVILY encourage you to apply again for the full-time cycle!!