I didnt clear the PST for a Mckinsey Knowledge role, would I be blacklisted from applying again in a similar role?

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New answer on Oct 31, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Sep 17, 2020

Is the Mckinsey blacklist universal for all types of rounds you reach be it the Resume, PST, the Case Interview etc. A little urgent!!

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Ian
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replied on Sep 17, 2020
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Hi there,

My understanding is that yes, unfortunately you are blacklisted.

You will have to wait anywhere from 12 to 24 months before you re-apply. (office-dependent).

When you do so, you need to make sure you have demonstrated real growth/progress in your career and have networked effectively.

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Ken
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replied on Sep 17, 2020
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No - I've never heard of a "McKinsey blacklist" based on your PST results. Beyond the usual cooling period recommended before you re-apply (especially for the same role), it will have no effect as you will be asked to take re-sit the test or perhaps complete the new Problem Solving Game.

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Hi,

As far as I know if you don't pass PST you have to wait 1-2 years no matter what's the role. Otherwise everyone will be writing PSTs multiple times

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Anonymous replied on Sep 19, 2020

Hi A,

Yes, you are blacklisted. You can reapply at least in a year sometimes it can take up to 2 years.

You should clear your particular situation with HR because it usually depends on the office. Would be also great if you show your professional improvement next time you apply again.

Best,

André

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Henning
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I think yes, the cool-off time would apply to you.

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Gaurav
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Hi Anonymous,

Sorry to hear that, yes, you are blacklisted. Clarify with HR when you are able to reapply next time because the ban period can vary depending on the office.

Spend this time to upgrade your profile - get relevant work experience, improve networking, maybe think of the guidance of an experienced coach to maximize your chances.

Do you need any further help?

GB

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Robert
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Hi Anonymous,

Yes you are 'blacklisted' in terms of the regular cool-down period of 12-24 months (usually on the upper end, but depends on your specific circumstances).

However, you are not 'blacklisted' in absolute terms based on failing on the PST.

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Clara
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Hello!

Unfortunately, yes.

It is structured as a funnel and you need to pass this 1st step for accesing the 2nd one.

They will make you wait at least a year, to ensure you have enaugh time to "improve" on whatever left you out.

Cheers,

Clara

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Francesco
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Hi there,

Yes, you will have to wait before applying again. It makes sense, as otherwise, as Vlad mentioned, everyone would reapply immediately.

The standard period is 1 to 2 years, you can check with HR in your target office for your particular case.

Best,

Francesco

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