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Likelihood of shortlisting in reapplication as an experienced hire after rejection as a target school candidate

Anonymous A asked on Aug 05, 2019 - 4 answers

I applied during my one-year MBA as a student to McKinsey and Bain. However, I wasn't invited for an interview. I am planning to reapply once I graduate (in September this year). Though there isn't a lot of difference in my profile (other than a summer internship) from the first time round, I am working on improving my CV and cover letter. Do you think this improvement could give me a chance with these firms or am I likely to be turned down again as I do not have a lot of new experience to add? (Essentially, I want to understand if the way of communicating achievements a huge differentiator than the actual achievements.)

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Vlad replied on Aug 05, 2019
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Hi,

There are four factors that may increase your chances:

1) Your competitor set - you may compete against "weaker" candidates this year

2) Your internship experience - you can try to do draw out more stories/skills you learned from this experience

3) Random choice - after all, when there are a good number of strong candidates, given the limited slots, they can only invite a small number of candidates. Thus this time, you may be called for an interview

4) Lastly, you can try to find a referral, which may increase your chances to be invited for an interview.

Best,

Deniz

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While I encourage you to apply like everyone else here, I would also suggest you be realistic in your expectations. I know that McKinsey requires a 2 year break in between applications and there is very little reason that you will be reconsidered unless you have done something significant in the meantime to make you a much stronger candidate

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Hi,

Yes - you should apply. A strong recommendation will go a LONG way in converting an interview, I would spend the next few weeks in securing that reference.

Thanks,

Nirmit

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