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Prolonged ban period

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New answer on Nov 12, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Aug 10, 2020

Dear Community,

I was wondering if applying to McK during the ban period would prolong the period. I got rejected after the Imbellus test last year, and in the email, they said I should reapply in 2020. A few weeks ago, I applied to a different office (was a bit impatient), got rejected saying my application assessed after global review and if I want to reapply they will open position on September 1st. Does that mean "you are still in the ban period, you can apply in September 2020 (one year later since my last application)? Basically, did I ruin my one year ban period?


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Content Creator
replied on Aug 11, 2020
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Hi there,

Don't worry, you are safe! You can re-apply in September.

However, in order to not miss your shot again, you need to ask yourself the following:

1) Have you gained more experience?

2) Have your showed progression (promotion and added responsibility) at your job

3) Does your resume look better? (Better format, sharper bullets, etc.)

4) Have you networked with the company + office?

If you answered "No" to more than 1 of the above, do not re-apply until you've addressed the above Otherwise, you'll have ruined your chances a 2nd time.

In Summary: how do you improve your screening chances?

1) Gain experience (internships, bootcamps, classes, stratups, extracirriculars, etc).

2) Network - speak to multiple people across offices and aim to get a referral

3) Review your resume - make sure your formatting is sharp/consistent, key words/experiences pop, and your experience bullets are properly written.

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Anonymous replied on Aug 12, 2020

Dear A,

Don't worry, you can apply in September 2020.

But I would strongly recommend you to apply with referral and also make sure that your CV (and also working experience) has been improved.

If you need any help with networking or any other steps to secure your invitation, feel free to reach out.


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Content Creator
replied on Aug 13, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

No, September 2020 is still good for you.

However, especially in current times I'd not recommend to apply without referral.

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


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Anonymous B replied on Aug 10, 2020

You're fine. Just apply on 1st Sep

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Content Creator
replied on Nov 12, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

Don’t worry! That’s totally fine to apply this year.

You’re not at the ban list anymore.

Do you need any further help?

All the best,


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