Applying to MBB Full-time after Internship Rejection

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Anonymous A asked on Feb 20, 2019


I attend a target university for MBB on the east coast, and applied + made it to first round interviews at McKinsey and Bain. However, I didn't prepare at all for either interview, as I was caught in a midterm exams, and honestly wasn't motivated, since I wasn't sure if consulting was the path for me. I went to the interview mainly for experience. Ended up getting a rejection (obviously).

It's been a few months now, and I've managed to land a 2nd tier consulting internship (ZS) for the summer, but really would like to be at MBB full-time. Do you think the fact that I was rejected for an internship will impact my FT chances--would they decline to even interview me? I'll be working in consulting this summer + will, in addition, be spending several hours a week prepping.

Would love to hear any thoughts.

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replied on Feb 20, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

the standard ban in MBB after a rejection is 2 years but could be reduced to 1 year or even 6 months based on your performance or particular situation. I would recommend finding a referral for your future applications so that he/she can forward your application internally and potentially ask HR if there is more time needed for you to wait due to the ban. You can find more info on referrals at the following link:



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replied on Feb 20, 2019
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You have to wait for at least a year since you have a ban now. It doesn't really matter which role it is. However, the good news - in your case it will be most probably just a year, not two


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