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(after) the Final round - McKinsey

Expert track finalround McKinsey
New answer on Apr 10, 2024
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Iris asked on Jun 22, 2020

Dear Community,

so, I've made it to get to the final round. This gave already a great feeling, but now comes the "but". I had a touch base call with the HR (a few days after my final interview). I asked for a feedback which in overall was good - no points that I need to work on, etc. He said that he knows everything and I need now to discuss with the local - HR partner.

The discussion happened last Tuesday and since that time no one contacted me again. Shall I kindly approach him and ask for the follow-up with regard to the local HR chat? How long after the final round you can expect the decision such as "you got the job"?

I am in a limbo stage - in one hand, I have positive feelings in other hand - I am afraid that the silence indicates that they have changed their minds? Could you please give me some thoughts on the decision after the final round? This is the expert track not a consulting position. Thank you!

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Dennis
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replied on Apr 10, 2024
Roland Berger|Project Manager and Recruiter|7+ years of consulting experience in USA and Europe

Hi there,

before offer decisions are communicated after the final round, they have to be aligned between HR and the interviewers in the process. This can sometimes take time for various reasons. A few common ones are listed below for a general overview:

  • internal scheduling conflicts between HR and the interviewers, especially when partners need to be involved
  • the firm is still conducting more final round interviews with other candidates and they might want to wait for that to play out to look at the full candidate picture before extending final offers
  • offers have been extended to “first choice” candidates and the firm is trying to keep “backup” candidates on hold until they know who accepted and who declined their first batch of offers
  • holidays or year-end shutdown delay the decision-making and communication process
  • there is uncertainty internally around budget and the exact headcount they can actually hire so they are trying to buy time

I know that this is unsettling and every candidate wants to have clarity on the status sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, you'll always have to wait for the official word. It is legitimate, though, to politely follow up for an update after not hearing back for two weeks.

However, it is best to just assume a rejection and continue with the recruiting efforts with other firms until you have a written offer in your hands. That way you at least won't lose time.

Best of luck

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Mehdi
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updated an answer on Jun 22, 2020
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Hi,

I think it would not harm if you send a nice follow up message to the HR asking if there are any updates. Sometimes HR get swamped with the number of follow up calls they have to make but they should definitely get back to you. A nice email would be totally fine!

Good luck :)

Mehdi

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Francesco
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replied on Jun 22, 2020
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Hi Iris,

it is unusual that they haven’t provided feedback yet – McKinsey is usually pretty fast in giving answers (usually few days independently on the outcome).

You can definitely contact HR again after one week (so tomorrow) – a polite reminder won’t be an issue in any case.

Best,

Francesco

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Iris on Jun 22, 2020

Mehdi & Francesco thanks a lot for your feedback :-) I will do so!

Ian
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replied on Jun 23, 2020
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Hi Iris,

Definitely make sure you've waited 1 week, but afterwards it's perfectly reasonable to reach out.

Make sure the email is short and sweet!

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Robert
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replied on Jun 22, 2020
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Hi Iris,

Thanks for sharing the relevant details about your situation!

Usually McKinsey answers even the same day or next working day - however, logistics and time pressure issues can lead to a delay though. Not that common, but it happens occassionally - so no need to be worried.

If you like you can give your contact a short call and investigate a bit - it won't hurt!

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

Robert

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Udayan
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replied on Jun 22, 2020
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Hi Iris,

As pointed out by others, it is totally fine to send a nicely worded email asking for any updates on their end. It could very likely be that the meeting got pushed out for some reason or the other.

Hang in there!

Udayan

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Clara
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replied on Jun 23, 2020
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Hello!

THis limbo is very unique honestly.

I would for sure contact HR politely, seems that they had agenda problems or something alike.

Keep us posted on the result so we know if it happens again to someone!

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Luca
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replied on Jun 23, 2020
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Hello,

Silence can mean a lot of things (positive and negative) in these cases, do not overthink and try to reach out to HR that followed your process (I would avoid to contact directly the HR partner, at least for now).

Best,
Luca

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Gaurav
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updated an answer on Nov 15, 2020
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Hi Iris,

That’s totally fine to call or text HR and kindly ask about any feedback. But you need to be sure that at least 1 week is gone.

Do you need any further help?

All the best,

GB

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Anonymous replied on Sep 18, 2020

Dear Iris!

I would recommend you to contact the recruiting of McKinsey to clarify the status of your application, and the best way of how you should proceed. As already mentioned, this silence can mean a lot. So just make a friendly call to ensure everything's all right.

Hope it helps!

Best,

André

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