Can I reapply for non-consulting/support role within 3 months?

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Anonymous A asked on Jul 29, 2019

I had applied for the position of support/non-consulting role but got rejected at the screening round. I got someone working in that exact division working/office location ready to refer me for the role. Can I apply or will I be likely rejected again? My rejection mails did not have any cooldown period stated.

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Giulia
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replied on Jul 29, 2019
McKinsey Business Analyst | 3+ years Experience | MBA at LBS

Hi,

Any chance you received - either via e-mail or phone call - a feedback for your rejection?

For instance, if I would have received a feedback like "You are not enough structured in the cases resolution", I believe they would expect me to prepare more than 3 months before applying. I believe the answer could be in your feedback.

If you didn't receive any, I would directly write to the person who sent you the e-mail/person you talked to during the selection process and directly ask to them if you could re-apply (and maybe a feedback to do better next time) or there is a cool-down period. I would go with "I truly care about this role, I believe is the right one for me, ..." and so on, just to let them know you are really committed.

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Anonymous A on Jul 29, 2019
Thank you for your valuable feedback. No, I did not receive any feedback for the role. I did mail the recruiter but did not receive any reply as well. The rejection email was a standard "After careful consideration of your application, we have concluded not to proceed with your candidacy for the Business Presentation Specialist position at this time."
Giulia on Jul 29, 2019
Mh, understood. Any chance there is a phone number you can call in the signature of the person sending the e-mail? It's better to ask when to re-apply directly to the person (again, to show true committment). Alternatively, could you share the "when" you got the rejection in the selection process? Like you sent the CV and they rejected you, you were admitted for an interview, you went through the whole process.. This would also help you to understand what went wrong
Anonymous A on Jul 29, 2019
I was rejected at the screening for the process in May. However, I got someone to refer me who works in that very division and told me that she felt that the problem lied with how I presented myself in the resume and how to highlight my strengths in order to align myself with the job role.
Giulia on Jul 29, 2019
Ok, so the problem is probably the CV. In that case I would advise you to wait at least 6 months before re-applying. I don't know if in the office you apply, the screening process is done by a machine or a human person. Of course, in case of a machine it wouldn't make any difference to re-apply now, but if I was a recruiter, I would believe that 3 months are a too small time to have developed "new" competences. And I would also "remember" you as a CV I have rejected. In 6 months the recruiter probably would remember less your specific CV and you can demonstrate to have learned "new" competences to be valuable for the role you want to apply. On the other side, I would suggest to really upgrade your CV to make it super fit for the role. I'm pretty good with CVs, if you feel like it, drop me a message and we can schedule a discounted session to analyze it a work on it a bit!
Anonymous A on Jul 29, 2019
Sure thing. I will do that soon and take the advice as you suggested!
Udayan
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It is worth a shot if you got rejected prior to being interviewed. However keep in mind that if they rejected you at screening there must have been a few major issues with the application to begin with (e.g., not coming from a target school or low GPA)

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Ian
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Clarifying question that's important for the answer: Did you get rejected in the screening or after a series of interviews?

I think you can guess what my answer is based on your response to the above!

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Anonymous A on Jul 29, 2019
Yes, I did get rejected at the screening in May. I am guessing I have to wait for a minimum of 6 months for the role again?
Ian on Jul 29, 2019
Screening rejection is a lot less bad than interview rejection - probably wait 6 months, but I personally don't think you need to wait a whole year like after an interview rejection (but this is opinion...balance my answer with those of other experts :) )
Anonymous A on Jul 29, 2019
Thank you so much for taking your time to answer my concern.
Vlad
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Hi,

It's hard to help you without knowing the particular company / role. But the bigger question is - why do you need non-consulting / support role if the end goal is consulting?

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Anonymous A on Jul 29, 2019
Hi, the role is Business Presentation Specialist at Mckinsey. I am not planning for consulting anytime soon but I want to work with MBBs but at administrative/support roles and not consulting.
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