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Anonymous B asked on Apr 22, 2020

I have applied to Bain 2 months ago and haven't received a reply. A few weeks ago, I have sent a follow-up email to the HR but also didn't get a response.

Does it mean that I have been rejected? Also, is there anything I could do at this stage to enhance my chance to be interviewed? Since I have already submitted the application 2 months ago, I don't know whether networking would help now. Thanks for your thoughts!

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Francesco
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Hi Anonymous,

I don't have direct knowledge on the timeline for recruiting with Bain London, so I will leave to someone else to provide specific information on that for the first round. I wanted instead to recommend you two things that may be useful for your current and future applications:

  1. As also mentioned by Oleksandr, you may want to call the recruiter at the office and ask for the status of your application if they do not provide feedback after one month (in my experience that should be a sufficient time). This will not give you any negative result, while could be beneficial in some cases. As an example, after my application at Oliver Wyman initially I did not receive any feedback. After approximately one month I called the recruiter and asked which was the status of my application. She looked at my CV while we were talking over the phone, she liked it (it sounded she actually never saw it before) and invited me on the spot for an interview. In the end I received an offer from Oliver Wyman, and I am pretty sure that if I would have not called them that day I would still be waiting for a reply.
  2. You may want to try to find a referral for your future applications to help you in the process. This will allow you to increase the chances to receive an invitation for an interview and also to have someone in the company that may follow up HR asking for news in case they do not provide feedback on the application process. As mentioned in a previous post, there is a specific method to receive a referral, even when you do not have any current contacts in a firm. The steps are:
  • Identify who are the people who could more easily help you
  • Write them a customized cold email
  • Have a call with the consultant, and indirectly ask for a referral

Each of the previous steps should be structured in a proper way to maximize the chances of moving to the next one. I applied this method, and managed to get six invitations out of six applications for McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Oliver Wyman, Roland Berger and Strategy&.

Hope this helps.

Francesco

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Bain Interview Timeline

Robert
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Hi Anonymous,

Not entirely sure if I understood your situation correctly .. but you haven't heard back about your current ongoing application and waiting for your expected first-round interviews invitation?

If so, why not simply grab your phone, call your HR contact and kindly inquire about your situation (and try to read between the lines what they are telling you)?

I believe everything else is mostly speculation, just go to the source and ask.

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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Anonymous replied on Apr 27, 2020

Hi A,

Unfortunately, you are not the only candidate who has stock in the middle of the process during the screening part. I would recommend you to do three things:

1) Keep on chasing HR, in case you have its contact. Otherwise, figure out whom it might be to check your application. Just keep on reminding on yourself from time to time.

2) In parallel, try to network with some former or current employs of Bain and try to ask them for help. Maybe they could reach out to HR on their own to track the status of your application process.

3) Also consider other MBB, tier-1 and tier-2 companies.

I hope it helps you.

Feel free to reach out if you need any help

Good luck!

André

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Anrian
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replied on Apr 22, 2020
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Hi There,

No reply or response doesn't always translate to Rejection. There might be several possible scenarios:

  1. There are piles of CVs - and HR/Recruiter has limited time to do it (they are very busy to arrange the ongoing process, especially with this Covid condition)
  2. The recruiting process is put on hold
  3. New CV process is put on hold

If you happen to know somebody that is currently working there it would be very helpful to reach out and understand the situation. Otherwise, nothing can be done in my view to speed up the process.

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Emily
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Hey there,

It has been a very uncertain time and probably would continue to be like that for a while. No reply doesn't necessarily mean you are rejected. Depending on the office/country, it could be that the recruiting process is being put on hold due to the disruption.

You can still network and try to see if anyone in the firm can shed some light on whether the recruiting is still going on, or help you find out what happens to your application (this would only happen if you are pretty close to the person though, not for acquaintance). Other than that, nothing much can be done at the moment, so probably just focus on preparation since that's something in your control.

Best,

Emily

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Henning
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replied on Oct 08, 2020
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If you have made it to the interview stage in the past (and that is some time ago, typically a year or two), you can be hopefull to get another interview invitation. The past interview performance will not influence this decision. Good luck!!

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Ian
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As they say, hope for the best but plan for the worst.

You have a chance. Is it good? No. What does that mean? Regardless of my answer you should be pushing forward with all other avenues!

Assume you have it

  • Keep casing
  • Keep reading financial/business sources
  • Keep practicing fast math
  • Etc. Etc.

Assume you don't have it

  • Network agressively with other companies
  • Apply to other companies
  • Prepare for interviews with other companies
  • Interview with other companies

Regardless, just keep pushing forward and see what opportunities come!

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Pascal
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replied on Oct 08, 2020
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Hi There,

I currently work at Bain.

Please send me a private message, and I can find out for you what the regular timelines are.

Pascal

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Luca
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Hello,

no, it doesn't mean that you have been rejected because in that case you would have received a negative answer.
At this point you could:

  • Reach out directly to the HR contact, calling/emailing him and asking for a follow-up
  • Network with someone inside the office that could push your application (just in terms of timeline)

Consider that in this COVID period, they could be a bit less reactive.

Best,
Luca

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Thomas
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Usually there would be some form of communication, I would assume that there is a huge backlog given the COVID situation. Give it a few more weeks and then give recruiting a call.

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Anonymous replied on Apr 25, 2020

Hi

During this lockdown period, I think that Recruting Staff from HR are still proceeding with CV screening and CV rejections (e.g. none target schools).

I can imagine that if your CV is not rejected, it means that your process have been on hold until the office get more visibility on the situation (end of lockdown, evolution of the business, new hiring plan, ...).

Do not hesitate to drop an email to the HR point of contact to better understand where you are in the process.

Best

David

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Clara
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Hello!

Usually, not coming back means you did not pass the filter.

However, they normally send a rejection mail.

Best next step in your side would be to get an internal referral to maximize your chances, particularly with the COVID crisis.

Best,

Clara

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Bain Recruitment

Oleksandr (Alex)
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replied on Nov 17, 2016
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I remember that sometimes it takes some time before a "batch" day. Thus, something months. I would reach out to HR & double-check whether your application is there. But I will do that end of the Nov. (at least 2 months btw application & follow-up).

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Bain Interview Timeline

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Hi there,

Having interviewed before and having a good CV with strong brands is not always enough to secure a first round of interviews. As you might know, many firms have slowed down recruiting recently and they are taking more time to decide on who to interview for the role. This, of course, does not mean that you will not receive an invitation to interview, it only means that it is difficult to predict the outcome and the reasons behind this delay. I believe that the best way to clarify this situation is to reach out to HR and try to learn more about their deadlines. In the meantime, act like if you did not get it and keep preparing for case interviews and applying for other firms!

I wish you all the best in this process.

Mehdi

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Antonello
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Hi, in this period it is totally normal a delay in answers and it will not be 100% a rejection. I recommend calling / emailing HR without worrying about bothering them: they are there to help

Best

Antonello

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Gaurav
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replied on Oct 21, 2020
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Hi A,

Assuming that you really have a strong CV, relevant experience, and, besides, are familiar with the interview process, you still have a chance.

If you don't have any contacts within the company, I would just recommend contacting HR for an update about your situation.

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