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Someone asked on Dec 01, 2017 - 2 answers

What is the regular cooldown period after a decline at McKinsey (at final rounds, as an experienced hire)? Would this period be any different if referred by a partner?


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updated his answer on Dec 01, 2017
ex Manager Bain and A.T. Kearney / 200+ real interviews


We have previously addressed a similar question here:


As a general rule, the ‘reject re-apply’ period lasts for ~1.5/2 years.

I am pretty sure that being referred by a partner would not help as he would go against the feedback that his colleagues (partner colleagues) have given about your interviews.

Having said that, I don’t know the detail about your personal case but if you do have a direct connection with a partner and you have a close relationship with him, I would suggest explaining him your situation and why you got rejected to see if he can help you somehow. I am sure he can give you great advice and you can always re-contact him once the freeze period has passed.

If you do not have a close relationship with him, I would highly recommend you to avoid asking him to be a reference during the reject re-apply period.

I hope this helps,

Best of luck,



replied on Dec 01, 2017
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2 years. Not less than that.

A partner cannot change it. Even a senior partner, I believe.

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