Error in CV after applying

New answer on Nov 18, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Aug 30, 2020

Hi all,

I just realized I have an error in the CV I used to apply to some MBBs, where the year of my last internship (big 4) is 2018 rather than 2019. Do you think this is a big deal?

i have 2 concerns:

  1. There's a gap in my resume after 2018 now, showing no internships in summer 2019 (my last year)
  2. if I do get an interview and this comes up it'll look bad that I wasn't careful to check this detail

what does everyone think about that? I uploaded the new copy of my fixed resume to the application portal but this was after submitting the application, so I'm not sure if the recruiters will still see my old resume. Should I reach out to HR with the fixed copy? If so how should I explain it?

thanks all!

edit: in my cover letter I talk about the internship and there state 2019 as the year


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Anonymous replied on Aug 30, 2020

Dear A,

Yes, I would recommend you to contact with HR.


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Anonymous A on Aug 30, 2020

Thanks for the answer! How would you approach it? I’m afraid of bringing it to their attention as it’ll look bad that I didn’t catch it sooner (they would see it as lacking attention to detail). Thoughts?


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replied on Aug 30, 2020
Top rated McKinsey Case & PEI coach/Multiple real offers/McKinsey EM in New York /6 years McKinsey recruiting experience

It is worth bringing up with HR. Yes it looks bad and yes it was a mistake but it is better to communicate it rather than hoping no one notices. No one can predict the impact of the error but they will appreciate that you were honest about it.

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replied on Sep 01, 2020
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Hi there,

I agree that you should reach out to HR and ensure that the updated version has been accepted.

I would avoid mentioning exactly why unless they ask directly! Instead, just say you have a slightly updated version.

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replied on Aug 31, 2020
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The smartest move would be to reach out to HR and kindly ask them to take into account the most recent CV you uploaded since the first one had a mistake/typo. It's always good to flag & correct those mistakes before they notice them.



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replied on Nov 18, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

Yes, you need to contact HR and explain your situation.

Do you need any further help?

All the best,


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