Does McKinsey require a cover letter?

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Omar asked on Sep 25, 2019

I applied to the London office last year and made it to the PST stage, they said they don't read cover letters. I am planning to apply to the Kuala Lumpur office this year and I just want to confirm if this is consistent througout all the offices globally?

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Deniz
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Hi,

You are required to submit cover letters regardless of the office. As Vlad said, only in case of some referrals you may not be required to submit a cover letter (as you are not going through a formal process). But it is widely true that some offices do not read cover letters and only look at CVs to screen the candidates to save time.

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Omar on Sep 26, 2019
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Hi,

That's not correct. You have a mandatory cover letter in the application form. If you apply via a referral, they dont ask for the cover letter at the beginning, but ask for them later, after you are invitied for an interview

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Anonymous A on Sep 25, 2019
the McKinsey tools has a form for the CV and one for the transcripts, which are both marked mandatory. There is a third optional form with the description: ADDITIONAL ATTACHMENT (E.G., OPTIONAL COVER LETTER, DESIGN PORTFOLIO, ETC.) (OPTIONAL)
Omar on Sep 26, 2019
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Hi Omar,

some McKinsey offices don’t have cover letters as a compulsory requirement indeed, but this is not true for all the offices. Unless at KL they specifically mention not to attach a cover letter, I would attach one just in case.

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Francesco

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Omar on Sep 26, 2019
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Anonymous C on Aug 22, 2020
You're the only "Expert" replying to this query that actually has accurate information.
Anonymous replied on Sep 25, 2019

I would def include one!

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Anonymous C replied on Aug 22, 2020

I've attended various events at the london office and the recruiters have mentioned each time that a cover letter is not required for your application. I don't think that applies to every office though.

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Anonymous replied on Aug 21, 2020

Dear Omar,

Cover letters is a part of your application. They may read it and may not, but I would rather recommend you to send it.

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André

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Anonymous A replied on Sep 25, 2019

to my knowledge this various by location

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