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Additional experience after 1st MBB attempt

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New answer on Nov 17, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jul 02, 2020

I had applied to MBB during the 3rd Year of my PhD and didn't make it through (local language issue). I'm planning on reapplying to an English speaking location or back in my home country next year. In the meantime, I may have an additional experience on suggesting digital strategy to a big company (€2 Billion+ in annual revenue).

I was wondering what additional experience is required to show that my YoY growth is top quartile or perhaps in the 90th percentie to clear CV screening?

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Francesco
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updated an answer on Jul 03, 2020
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Hi there,

It is difficult to answer without more information on your CV and what exactly you did in your additional experience.

In general though the #1 thing you can do to land an invitation is not related to your CV, but to finding someone that can refer you.

You can find more on referrals at the link below:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/hey-everyonehope-all-is-well-3176

If you need help with that please feel free to PM me, I helped several candidates to get referrals in MBB.

Best,

Francesco

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Udayan
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replied on Jul 02, 2020
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Hi,

With your background I would not recommend applying directly. First network with people in the firms you want to apply to and get them to refer you. Applying directly even with an impressive resume (outside of traditional campus recruiting) has very low chances of success.

As for your resume itself - add this as an item on your work experience section. Your wording is important to communicate it but just having it on your resume doesn't make you a top 25% candidate

Best,

Udayan

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Anonymous replied on Jul 03, 2020

Dear A,

With your yoursituation I wouldn't recommend you to apply directly, because to show significant progress you should have promotions, new roles etc.

I would recommend you to apply with referrals and ask an career expert (to me or to my colleagues here on PL) to check your CV and cover letter.

If you need any help, feel free to reach me out.

Best,

André

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Ian
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replied on Jul 02, 2020
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Hi there,

Sorry to be blunt, but one additional experience does not show genuine progress.

Furthermore, did you "suggest" a digital strategy, or did you make the deal itself happen? If it's the former, that's not a big deal, I'm sorry.

You need to show genuine progress in your career through promotions, new roles, new jobs, new projects, new responsibilities, new skills, etc.!

Furthermore, make sure you network! Ideally you'll have spoken to a few people at the office beforehand to improve your chances.

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Robert
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replied on Jul 02, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

Without having any information or assumption why you were declined in the previous applications, it's impossible to answer which growth etc. you need to show specifically.

The additional experience sounds good in general - main question though is about your personal contribution (did you work out the whole IT strategy yourself? did you manage a team to achieve that? ...). In any case, try to highlight key achievements in your documents which relate to a relevant consulting skill-set.

However, the most secure way to get to on-site interviews is always to network your way into that, and have some consultant (the higher in the ranks, the better) forwarding your application to HR. Unless your application documents are a complete mess, with that route you surpass the first HR screening and get invited to on-site interviews directly. Oftenly this is easier said than done - but with Xing/Linked-In etc. you have good tools in your hand to do some research and try to find some connections, unless you anyway have some acquaintances "somewhere" around close to those firms you are targeting.

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Gaurav
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replied on Nov 17, 2020
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I would rather look at your CV and check what is missed in order to make your next try successful.

Also, I would strongly recommend you to take care about your referral.

In case you need any help, feel free to reach out.

Cheers,

GB

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Clara
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replied on Jul 06, 2020
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Hello!

If you believe that language was the main blocker -as indicated in the post-, then you should be fine even without the new experience, etc.

Have you considered checking your network or expanding it to obtain a referral? This would for sure help.

Best,

Clara

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