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Anonymous A

Hi everyone,

I am an advanced degree holder and I submitted my application to BCG and Bain for their junior generalist positions two months ago. Up till now, I still have not heard anything from those companies. Should I assume that my applications are rejected (aka "only shortlisted candidates will be notified") or does this slience have something to do with me applying off-season?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Sidi
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replied on 02/17/2018
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 50+ candidates secure MBB offers

Definitely follow up! Two months without hearing back is not a normal standard for any of the large consulting firms.

If you have other interviews or even already one (or more) offers, by all means let them know - so you can position it as "Hey, I have applied a while back but did not hear from you; meanwhile I got an offer from another firm, but would love to also talk to your firm if you want to invite me (...)". Getting the point?

Andrea
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replied on 02/17/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years

I would interpret these non responses as rejections. However, as others said writing one polite follow up email would not hurt and clear your mind of any doubts. I would strongly advise against calling directly as that might be interpreted as a very aggressive move and people might associate your name to this for future applications.

andrea

Vlad replied on 02/17/2018
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Hi,

It very much depends on the country and the particular season. Two months seems a bit long. I would recommend you to call the office, ask for the HR responsible for generalist hiring and check the status with her.

Alternatively, you can ask your friends working in these companies to check whats going on.

Best!

Francesco replied on 02/17/2018
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Hi Anonymous,

although there may be exceptions in some countries, I personally never heard of an MBB company not replying, even with a standardize email, to an application, thus I would say you should not consider that as a rejection. It could be though that for some reasons they did not receive your application.

As a next step, I would recommend to call the HR department and ask if they received your CV. I did so for one of the companies I applied, and the HR person organized an interview on the spot for one of the next weeks. Calling the office helps recruiters to consider/reconsider your CV, shows your interest and is without penalties, thus is definitely a step I would recommend.

Best,

Francesco

Tyrion Lannister replied on 03/03/2018

Hi Anonymous A,

I hope your preparatory efforts are coming along well and that you're now starting to get invitations to interviews.

I hate to contradict consensus, but, yes, sometimes, an extended silence can mean a rejection.

At the end of 2016, a good friend of mine applied to one of the MBBs in a geography beyond his academic and professional experiences. He did not receive a response for over a month and eventually decided to call the recruiter. The recruiter was quite straightforward and promised to look into the matter. While she was on the phone with him, she asked under what e-mail address he'd applied which he provided. She then confirmed on the phone that she had found the application, that she was sorry he had been delayed in receiving a response, and that she would attend to the process on his behalf. The call ended.

Within ten minutes, his rejection notice arrived via e-mail.

Still, circumstances differ. I hope you triumph in your case no matter he outcome of this particular application.

T

Tyrion Lannister replied on 03/03/2018

Hi Anonymous A,

I hope your preparatory efforts are coming along well and that you're now starting to get invitations to interviews.

I hate to contradict consensus, but, yes, sometimes, an extended silence can mean a rejection.

At the end of 2016, a good friend of mine applied to one of the MBBs in a geography beyond his academic and professional experiences. He did not receive a response for over a month and eventually decided to call the recruiter. The recruiter was quite straightforward and promised to look into the matter. While she was on the phone with him, she asked under what e-mail address he'd applied which he provided. She then confirmed on the phone that she had found the application, that she was sorry he had been delayed in receiving a response, and that she would attend to the process on his behalf. The call ended.

Within ten minutes, his rejection notice arrived via e-mail.

Still, circumstances differ. I hope you triumph in your case no matter he outcome of this particular application.

T