Application to "wrong" hierarchy level

Recent activity on Sep 20, 2018
4 Answers
1.7 k Views
Anonymous A asked on Sep 18, 2018

Just wondering, for everybody not applying straight after finishing their studies:

If you apply for a position, which may be not the correct hierarchy level (e.g. applying for senior associate, even though associate is what the firm would have seen you in) - would this be a reason for rejection of application? Or would a firm continue application, stating that it would be in fact for another job level.

Sometimes it is not easy to determine, which level might be the right one to target.

Thanks in advance!

Overview of answers

  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Best answer
Anonymous updated the answer on Sep 18, 2018

At my firm we used to actually evaluate experienced hires, especially with no consulting background for two roles, like both Senrior Con OR Manager.

Especially if people applied as project manager, but had no consulting background, my firm would sometimes offer / advise them to start as a Senrior Con with tenure. So if they did well, they'd be promoted quickly, but did not have the pressure of having to lead a project while at the same time still getting used to the whole consulting thing.

That being said, I don't exactly know how other firms handle these things. But I guess unless you are totally wrong, your application would probably still be considered.


Was this answer helpful?
replied on Sep 19, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


Don't worry about that at all. They will define the right role for your level.


Was this answer helpful?
replied on Sep 18, 2018
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Agree with Elias - just apply, they will figure out what level they are comfortable bringing you in at. Some of my clients have been pleasantly surprised (AP at McK when they expected Manager), others disappointed (Senior Associate at BCG when they expected Consultant). Long term, what really matters is that you actually do get in.

Good luck!

Was this answer helpful?
Ethan replied on Sep 20, 2018
Hello, I am Ethan and i have recently graduated. I love travelling and I am here to learn more about my interests.

A common mistake that is made.

Was this answer helpful?
How likely are you to recommend us to a friend or fellow student?
0 = Not likely
10 = Very likely