Can I reapply?

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Anonymous A asked on Jan 14, 2021

Hello,

I made it to the final round for McKinsey late last year, but was told that I wasn't going to be extended an opportunity. However, I never received a rejection email with more details.

The question I have is whether I have to wait the blackout period that I've seen mentioned online. I can apply for an Associate position again on my dashboard (McKinsey online application platform). I wonder if I were to apply again, whether it would result in a automatic rejection. If that's not the case, I'm planning on reapplying early summer.

I wonder if an applicant is specifically told that they need to wait to reapply for a certain period of time. Has anyone reapplied without waiting and had any success? I applied for the ADP, btw.

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Vlad
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Hi,

If you got a rejection - this means you can't reapply. I would recommend reaching out to the recruiter to check the exact timeline for than ban. Can be anything from 12 to 24 months

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Hi there,

If you have been rejected, you have been flagged in the system, so independently whether they explicitly communicated the rejection or not you will have to wait (the standard ban is 1 to 2 years according to your performance and the position you applied to).

The only cases I saw where you could reapply within less than 1 year and be considered for interviews are:

  1. If the company explicitly mention so (sometimes the ban is 6 months)
  2. If you apply to another region with a referral (you should align the person referring you on the rejection though)
  3. If you apply for a completely different position

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Florian
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Hey there,

Whenever you (re)-apply after a failed application (screening, aptitude test, or interviews) you need to make sure to show significant development in your resume since your rejection. Assuming you want to be hired straight out of university this means

  • New academic achievements (e.g., new degree, top of class achievements,...)
  • Experience abroad (career or university)
  • New job experience (internships, working student, project assistant,...)
  • New extracurriculars (leadership experience, NGOs, student clubs,....)

Usually, you are banned between 12 and 24 months from re-applying. Referrals can help both

  • shorten that time
  • increase your chances for a new invitation to the interviews

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Florian

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Gaurav
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Hi there,

Usually you get an email stating the fact of rejection and the blackout period. In your case, it is indeed not clear whether you've been rejected or not, I suggest you reach out to the HR.

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GB

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Anonymous B replied on Jan 14, 2021

If you were rejected? Yes you can, after 1-2 years. You should check with HR.

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Hello!

The key here is to find out the lenght of the ban. It can vary from 12 to 18 months, hence, I would touch base with HR -given that you already hace the contacts from last year-.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Ian
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Hi there,

I would check with HR.

You'll probably have to wait until at least that year mark, but doesn't hurt to check.

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