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I am a recent MBA graduate and couple of my potential interviews at Tier-2 Consulting firms fell through during the pandemic. As I am an international student in the US it is getting very tough for me to get interviews given the current social unrest and COVID-19. I have researched more than 250 consulting firms and applied to the ones that fit my interest and skills. I applied to MBB with referrals from Managers-Directors. But haven't heard back from McKinsey and Bain and got rejected from BCG after I took the first round-Pymetrics test. I am still a fresh a MBA graduate and not an Industry hire and it's getting tough for me to explain this situation to recruiters. I am committed to consulting and have done more than 70 cases. I have now given up on a future with MBB in the US and I am willing to work in pre-dominantly english speaking countries such as Singapore/ London /Dubai and India (Native). I have experince as a Venture Capital fellow, worked in a Multi-Family Office ( $10-$15 B AUM) , Consulitng ( FMCG + Insurance) and Chemical Manufacturing Industry. I am tired of the H1B sponsorship based rejections, bias towards US citizens vs International students in the US and other irrelevant nationality based factors that HR professionals in some firms use to sort out candidates.
I'll like to know from you
1) Which countries I should target for MBB + (Tier 2) except USA ?
2) Should I change my location preference in my active existing application at McKinsey and Bain to the aforementioned Countries ? ( Pros vs Cons)
3) Should I re-apply to BCG in Non-US countries ?
4) I also have referrals from Roland Berger (EM) , ZS (Consultant), Strategy& (Alum), Deloitte (M.D), EY-Parthenon (M.D) all in the US. But no interview luck so far as the hiring is very low. I am not sure how long can I wait ? Clock is ticking as the H1B sponsorship date is coming close and I am committed to consulting. Has anyone had luck with these firms in the US recently through the Industry hire route in the US ?
Thanky you in advance.
Hi there, They are definitely important as well for undergrads. I only applied via referral while at university and got 6 invitations out of 6 applications – I don’t think that would have been poss... (read entire answer)
They are definitely important as well for undergrads. I only applied via referral while at university and got 6 invitations out of 6 applications – I don’t think that would have been possible without referrals.
For a step-by-step process on how to get referrals, you can check the following link:
Hi there, There are three main things you need to be invited for interviews: A great CV A great Cover A referral – the more senior the person the better For the CV, you can work on t... (read entire answer)
There are three main things you need to be invited for interviews:
- A great CV
- A great Cover
- A referral – the more senior the person the better
For the CV, you can work on the following in the time you have left:
- Internships/work experience in relevant companies (other consulting firms, IB, strategy roles in big brands, entrepreneurial initiatives)
- Volunteer/leadership experience
- University achievements (if applicable): top GPA, exchange, university clubs
If you are planning to apply to B-School, you may also prepare the GMAT (not worth just for the sake of the application)
For the Cover, you can structure it in 4 parts:
- Introduction, mentioning the position you are interested in and a specific element you find attractive for that company
- Why you are qualified for the job, where you can report 3 skills/stories from your CV, ideally related to leadership, impact, drive and teamwork
- Why you are interested in that particular firm, with additional 1-2 specific reasons
- Final remarks, mentioning again your interest and contacts
In part 2 – the one you are referring to – you can write about experiences that show skills useful in consulting such as drive, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and convincing others.
It is important that in part 3 you make your cover specific to a particular firm – the rule of thumb is, can you send the exact same cover to another consulting company if you change the name? If that’s the case, your cover is too generic.
For referrals, you can find a step-by-step approach at the following link:
Hi there, Welcome to the community! First, I think you should apply to all of them. Then, once your options are narrowed down, you'll have an easier decision in front of you! If you're lookin... (read entire answer)
Welcome to the community!
First, I think you should apply to all of them. Then, once your options are narrowed down, you'll have an easier decision in front of you!
If you're looking to work in Europe, I'd tier your programs as follows
HEC Paris MIM
London Business School MIM
IE Business School MIM with specialization in Strategic Management (almost tier 1)
Imperial College of London MSc in Management
Melbourne Business School Master of Management
Duke Fuqua MMS: Foundations of Business
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