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Time gap between application submission & interview invitation

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Recent activity on Nov 23, 2018
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Anonymous A asked on Nov 22, 2018

Hi all,

I have a question about the time passing between these two moments:

  1. Moment in which a candidate submit application via consulting firm’s online portal
  2. Moment in which HR call candidate back to schedule first round (in case of positive application obviously)

That’s an important issue to take in account during prep preparation because if time gap is “short” (e.g. 1 week) between the two moments candidate must be already prepared 100%, if time gap is “longer” candidate can start apply before a 100% preparation.

I thought there is no “rule” and several drivers can influence the time are:

  • MBB vs Tier 2/3 (MBB time is longer than Tier 2/3)
  • Application to a vacancy position vs spontaneous application (obviously in case of vacancy, they’ll interview you soon)
  • Office location (maybe offices of the same firm can have different policies in different regions)
  • Time period of the year (in case of higher demand of projects, they’ll interview you soon)
  • ...

Am I right with all of that?

Thanks very much!

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replied on Nov 23, 2018
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Correct, there's no 'rule'. If you apply through school, timing will be very strict (and quick); if you apply out of cycle and/or as an experienced hire, you may have to wait a lot longer. My own process lasted months for example.

It generally takes over 100 hours of practice (and many weeks) to get ready. Don't assume you will have time to cram and ace the case after you are granted an interview. We all here strongly suggest you start preparing at least a couple of months before even applying

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replied on Nov 22, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


Yes, you are right, and you should better be at least 60% prepared while applying.


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Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews
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