What exactly is in McKinsey, Bain, and BCG's recruiting databases? Watch

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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!
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yeah, I have McK's recruitment techniques right here in my back pocket.
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Nobody knows, nor should it matter. They probably keep your application on the computer, but again, it shouldn't make any difference.
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I think they'd check but you may as well apply anyway - what's to lose?
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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.
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(Original post by shady lane)
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.
Jesus you got rejected without interview with your academic credientials, do you have to be a super human to get into these strat consulting places!?
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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.
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Jesus you got rejected without interview with your academic credientials, do you have to be a super human to get into these strat consulting places!?
Yes. Looking at my friends who applied, around 1 in 4 got interviews
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Yes. Looking at my friends who applied, around 1 in 4 got interviews
Applied for consulting or investment banking?
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Applied for consulting or investment banking?
Im sure he is talking about consulting, if people think IB is hard to get into strat consulting appears to be on a whole new level.
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Oh my god...
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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.
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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.
What is so attractive about NGO?
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(Original post by spencer11111)
What is so attractive about NGO?
Feel good factor? Makes route into banking/consulting etc easier?
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What is so attractive about NGO?
They're a stepping stone into the policy field. Working at Amnesty International for a few years will look great when you apply to work at UNHCR.

The problem is that they don't have a lot of money, so there are few positions. The people who are at the top tend to take the position of "defending the kingdom;" they don't want to be replaced by an upstart, so they often make it difficult for people with good degrees to get in. It's not about making money, and to be honest most NGOs are totally inefficient and seem to enjoy being so, so that having great academics and references doesn't guarantee anything.

Most of my peers, having spent the past year getting rejected by NGOs, are now looking to work in the private sector. The Big 4 has swooped up an absurd amount of people in the LSE government department this year already. And I've gotten e-mails from people who swore they were going to Uganda to help villagers asking about application tips for my company :rolleyes:
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(Original post by spencer11111)
Applied for consulting or investment banking?
Consulting - it is the topic of this thread
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I think they'd check but you may as well apply anyway - what's to lose?
Thanks for the responses... I am definitely going to apply, there's no question, but as I try to network with these people I was curious as to whether or not they would know that I already applied (and would they know what was said regarding my application)?
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Consulting is tough to get an interview. I have an offer from a 'well known firm', however I'm not really happy with it (don't ask why, long story). I'm making my apps to BCG and McKinsey this weekend, but at least I know I have a good salary in the bag as a 'fallback' as such...

But I see what you mean about it being competitive, I know plenty of people who applied and got nowhere.
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Well they won't know whether you've applied to one of the others, but if you've already applied (and been rejected) from the same firm, of course they are going to know the details of what happened last time. McK, for example, say on their website, that they won't consider any applications from anyone who has applied to any of their offices worldwide in the previous 12 months...
You pretty much just answered my question. It makes sense that if I applied directly through a firm's website that they'd still have it on record and know about it (even if I didn't get an interview). What's a little more ambiguous for me though is for a firm where I applied through my campus' system, because I doubt that they take down the names of everybody who applied from every single campus. I doubt they're that organized, or am I wrong?
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