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Hello! First time posting on here so hope I'm doing this correctly. I've seen a few similar ques... (more)
First time posting on here so hope I'm doing this correctly. I've seen a few similar questions on here so thought I'd give it a go.
I was recently rejected from two MBB firms at the CV screening stage. One I was pretty much rejected the next day after applying. The other I networked quite heavily before applying, speaking with current consultants, attending one of their networking events and following conversations with the recruiter, it seemed like they were keen on me as well. However, got the rejection email that I did not meet their criterias (they won't tell me which). Bit of background on myself, I went to one of the target schools for MBB in the UK, graduated with a high 2:1 and have had a couple years experience working for one of the top banks here. I have also led and participated in several extra-curricular groups/activities.
I would really appreciate any insight, advice or initial feedback anyone may have on what I may be missing to make these firms turn me down. What could I do moving forward to hopefully change this outcome next time round? I did apply to one of the firms for an Experienced Hire role, and it could be possible that given my 2+ years experience, I may not meet the criteria for an experience hire (is 4 years more common?)
Thank you in advance!
Dear all, Does anyone know whether MBB carries out background checks in Western European offices... (more)
Does anyone know whether MBB carries out background checks in Western European offices? Asking because - whilst preparing the fit questions for my second round interviews - in noticed a small error on my CV (dates of internship off by a month, which makes it looks like my internship was 3 months when it was in fact 2). Should I contact HR to notify them of this error beforehand, or is there not even a background check in place either way?
Many thanks in advance.
For example, instead of saying revenue is broken down into price times volume, can I just say 'break... (more)
For example, instead of saying revenue is broken down into price times volume, can I just say 'breakdown of revenue drivers across a time period'? Or 'contribution margin' etc. Any other useful quick phrases to elicit phrases quickly? Thanks!
2 key questions here hoping for your advice: 1. If I am explaining my structure, how much depth... (more)
2 key questions here hoping for your advice:
1. If I am explaining my structure, how much depth should I go into? i.e. a. I shall look at profit drivers, revenue and costs - and full stop. or b. I shall look into profits, competitors and customers. Specifically, I would look into revenue broken down into price and volume, and costs I will look at fixed and variable costs. Moving on to the competitors, I would look at who our competitors are, what have they been doing....etc.
The reason I am asking this is that some people think I am too verbose (gets interviewer bored) when I try method b, but if I do method a, others might think my elaborations are too short.
2. How do you usually structure your sentences when you interpret data? a. I have 3 key observations, a,b,c and have 2 insights, a,b. OR b. One key observation is (obs A), based on this it seems like (insight A). Another key observation is (B), and it seems like (insight B), etc.
The reason I am asking this is if I do a, I might lose out some additional insights that I only discover halfway when I explain my data interpretation. However, method b seems less structured than a which might lead people to think that's bad.
Please let me know what you think! Thanks in advance!
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