I'm curious exactly what kind of a centralized database exists at all of these firms. What kind of files exist for people who previously interviewed there (what information is there?), and what files (if any) exist for those who simply dropped their resume and were not granted an interview? Are the files at the national level or international level? Any insight would be appreciated, thank you!
yeah, I have McK's recruitment techniques right here in my back pocket.
Nobody knows, nor should it matter. They probably keep your application on the computer, but again, it shouldn't make any difference.
I think they'd check but you may as well apply anyway - what's to lose?
My application experiences:
Senior in college in US:
McK - rejection without interview
Bain - interview to 2nd round
BCG - interview
MSc student in UK:
McK - interview
Bain - rejection without interview
BCG - rejection without interview
What's the lesson? Hell if I know. Just apply; much of getting an interview is a crapshoot anyway.
Hmm, I dunno. When I was a senior, I wanted to go into consulting much more than banking. It made a bit more sense to me at the time. But when I was applying this time, I knew that I wanted S&T and just put in consulting apps as back-ups. I did get interview offers with Mercer Oliver Wyman and American Express Strategic Planning Group, but both of those are more finance-oriented consulting positions so maybe that's the reason.
It's much, much easier to get an IB interview than consulting. It's easier to get an IB interview than to get an interview at a damn NGO.