I am chemical engineering graduate and with strong entrepreneurial experience. Last year, I applied for McKinsey : made it through the HR screen and the Imbellus game but unfortunately couldn’t make it to the first round interviews. That was my first and biggest disappointment in my journey to get into an MBB, although most of my peers have made it. I do recognize that I wasn’t structured and tried to force some stories during the motivational interview. After 5 months, I applied for BCG, did my best during case prep but couldn’t make it to the final round. I was disappointed again but this time “thankfully”, I got some feedback. For them, I was not suited for the job because I didn’t know what consulting exactly was, nor what consultants do on a daily basis. (I have just asked the same question and got an answer from a consultant of the same office the day before the interview to double check). Plus, I had no business sense although I did practice a lot. The only compliment I got is that I was pretty fluent in English and that I was a pleasant person.
A depression and more cases later, I am now at the first round of interviews with a local firm hoping to land in an offer even if it is really hard to believe in myself after all these fails. All my case partners got an offer from McKinsey which makes it even harder for me to move on because it was my dream company.
Should I keep trying with local firms until I re-apply again, or should I move on and try with other industries? Should I apply for a management degree in a top school? Also, since I have plenty of spare time, what are some online courses that will help me build a solid business sense?
Thank you for your responses.