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How long do you usually wait for 1st round case interview?

Anonymous A

Just want to know what´s the "usual" or "common" waiting time? or anyone who´s experiencing the same torture as I do: a state that I´m waiting for my interview anxiously, meanwhile worrying about not prepared enough.

I´ve been told that the consultants work so much, like 15 or 16 hours. Is that the usual work pace? If so, does it mean that they won't be interviewing me until they finish their current project?

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Alessandro
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replied on 09/18/2018
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Hey there,

This depends:

1) if you are applying as part of "fall recruiting / undergraduate recruiting for an office, interviews are likely conducted all at the same time, 2-4 weeks after applications close. Therefore, what matters is the deadline vs. the actual time of submission. If you applied 2 months before the deadline, you may have to wait 3 months to interview. (This is true for London and other offices, but may be different for some specific offices which I am not aware of).

2) If you are applying for a position being recruited year-round, interviews typicially occur 1-2 weeks after submission. However, again, this can vary. A friend of mine who applied (and got an offer) from McKinsey Italy told me the entire process took almost 6 months!!

Best way to know for sure is to contact the recruiting/HR of the office you are applying for to ask when you can expect to hear back. Instead of seeming restless, frame it as "I have other interviews/travel outside of the country planned so want to make sure it won't overlap with any potential interviews.

Egor
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replied on 09/19/2018
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Hi A,

No worries, typical recruitment process depends on a season and projects needs. Recruiters are active in autumn and spring. If you pass the test in one of the seasons, then it's highly likely that the interview will be in 2 weeks or 3 weeks max. As for a last round interview, the gap may take up to 2 weeks.

It should be noted that all recruiters are people and they might be flexible with the schedule, thus you can negotiate best time for you.

As for the consultants who interview you:

  1. If you apply for a mid/senior position, managers or principals will interview you in the 1st round; partners - in the second round (up to 6 interviews altogether). All interviewers have dedicated time for interviews, as Firm needs new consultants.Partners normally work 8-10 h a day.
  2. If you apply for intern - associates and managers interview you (3 interviews altogether).

Hope it was helpful.

Kind regards,
Egor

Guennael replied on 09/18/2018
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Anonymous A - yes, we've all been there. Faster for some, longer for others. The whole process can be under a week for some, and even longer than what Alessandro suggested for others: I finally (physically) joined BCG 13 months after my application was submitted :)

Good luck, hang in there - but don't stop applying to other companies on the 'hope' you will get in.

Ethan replied on 09/20/2018

Mine was 30 mins approximately.

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