I am a final year MSc student pursuing a non-UK business degree in Europe.
I applied for a Junior Associate position with McKinsey Dubai in January 2020 and received a reject (did not even get an interview). I had formal referrals from two EMs based in Dubai and an MBB (non-McK) internship in a large Western European office (think France/Germany/Italy).
Could someone give me any possible reasons for rejection, so that I could work upon them before re-applying to other firms in the region? The ones that come to mind:
1. On-cycle recruiting - Does Mck have a designated cycle for recruiting European Masters students? I tried asking their HR but did not receive any response
2. Should have applied for the Business Analyst position instead of Junior Associate (I was advised by the EM to apply for Junior Associate, but I do not have any full time experience in Europe as of now). Do I qualify as an APD candidate?
3. Hiring is more focussed towards Qatar/Egypt/Bahrain instead of Dubai/Abu Dhabi? (I only put UAE offices as location preferences)
Thanks in advance!