I am currently trying to get into strategy consulting after finishing PhD (within life/exact sciences). In May, before I even figured out about the entire complexity of the application process, I saw an ad on LinkedIn for a consultant role at BCG and I applied. I didn't go through, I think that's because I was applying to London office (and I'm based in the Netherlands) and obviously not the strongest CV.
Since then I improved my CV (some BCG employee support here), managed to get this person to refer me, but on the BCG profile the ban was quite visible - under consultant position it would say “you already applied for this position”.
Now 6 months later I see that I can apply again for the consultant role (I can again input my experience etc.) - does it mean that the ban has been lifted off or it's simply somewhere ‘in the internal system’ and my application will be immediately rejected, or worse, I'll be blacklisted? I now want to apply to NL office.
I obviously applied to other companies for a generalist consultant role, and within them I was invited to at least online assessment test by McKinsey, Bain, Roland Berger, Simon Kucher, Accenture…
Any info on the banning procedures would be incredibly useful!