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Anonymous A asked on Mar 19, 2019

I've heard and read that the acceptance rate for MBB is roughly 1%. This seems incredibly low to me, is it really that competitive or has that number been exaggerated?

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replied on Mar 20, 2019
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Hi,

Yes, it is super competitive. A few things to know:

+ It is tougher to get through MBB as a Business Analyst stratight out of undergrad than as an Associate post MBA. For instance, McKinsey has a pyramid structure where their incoming class each year has 30-40% fewer BAs compared to Associates

+ Your school matters. Recruiting teams have a set target from each core school. A top MBA core school like HBS/Kellogg/Booth will have more people accepted than other schools

+ The office does matter, but not to such a great extend. It's true that the San Francisco office would have more demand than let's say a Cleveland office, but the number of Associates San Francisco is looking for will also be significantly higher. Sometimes smaller offices (<50 people) like Cleveland are looking for just 1-2 people to join each year. So, in the big picture it really doesen't matter

Having said that, these are things you should not worry about. Just focus on crushing the interviews. If you're above the bar, these firms will not let you go anywhere!

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It is that competitive - probably even more so in London, NY, San Francisco... and a little less in remote areas where language is also a barrier. But yes, there's a reason why the coaches always suggest you start your prep months in advance, and plan on spending over 100 hours of dedicated work to get ready.

Vlad replied on Mar 19, 2019
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Hi,

Yes, it's super competitive, but it pays off. No other career (Maybe finance as well) can provide you with such a fast career growth and benefits.

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