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Anonymous A asked on Jan 29, 2018 - 5 answers

Hello all,

I am an advanced degree (non-business) candidate applying for a generalist role in MBB in a particular country. I got a letter today from McKinsey saying that "While your accomplishments are impressive, your profile does not fit our strategic needs at this time. Should that change, we will be in touch with you."

Has anyone recieved similar rejection letter? What are your experiences with this? Are they being serious or is this some sort of euphemism?

I do feel a little regret that I indicated my office preferences in the same market/country..

Thanks for your inputs!

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Hi Anonymous,

as mentioned, this is a standard rejection letter. The only way I am aware you could get “real feedback” for your next application at the CV screening level is so far you apply via a referral (besides for the proper feedback, recommended also to generally increase your chances of receiving an invitation for an interview).

You can find more on referrals and networking at the following link:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/open-house-at-bcg-311#a623

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Euphemism, on the bright side you can re-apply a few years down the road. I'd strongly suggest to have your application presented by an headhunter or a referral when you re-apply, will help greatly to pass preliminary screen.

Andrea

How do one get application presented by headhunter, assuming no contacts by default? — Anonymous on Jan 29, 2018 (edited)

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Hi,

First of all, unfortunately, it's just a rejection letter, so I would not pay any attention to what they say there.

Secondly, applying to the other office might or might not have helped. For example, If your home office is New York, applying to the Austin office might have the higher chances. So what's your home office? Also, as far as I remember you can select up to 3 office preferences while applying, so what were your other two?

If I were you I would do the following:

  1. Show your CV to someone working at McKinsey and ask for the feedback
  2. Apply to the other consulting companies, ideally using a referral. More about the referrals here: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/what-is-a-referral-really-1103#a2129
  3. Reapply to McKinsey in 1 year, showing significant changes in your career / skills and using a referral (or applying to a different office if you realize that it was the case)

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Hi Vlad, thanks a lot for your input! I am finishing my PhD at a top research institution in continental Europe and my area of research is rather peculiar (brain stimulation). I applied for MBB offices in China since I am a native there but now that I thought more about it, this probably was not a good strategy as China has a very weak market in my area of expertise. I think I should have used my 2nd and 3rd preference for offices in developed economies. Well, I guess it is too late now. — Bruce on Jan 29, 2018 (edited)

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I would make a list of headhunter companies in your country that appear to assist consultancies in their recruiting efforts and then reach out to them and say you are ready to look for new opportunities in consulting.

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Unfortunately, you can use a 2nd and 3rd preference only if you have a work permit for the other countries.

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