Getting FT Interviews after failing Summer Interview

Hi everyone, I'm a current STEM MS student at a MBB target state school (as with most state schools, we're only a target for our local offices). I've always been interested in consulting and applied every year of UG, but have only had SWE-esque internships, and never prepped for cases because I never thought I'd get interviews (especially after not getting any before). However, I once again threw some apps out at MBB + T2 just for the fun of it this year and only got an interview with M as a digital SBA. With so little time to prepare, I ended up bombing the powerday--got a rejection quickly and was told that I needed to work on my math (made several dumb errors due to trying to go too fast) and that my structuring needed to be more exhaustive. I'll be at a FAAMG this summer instead, which should help my resume even more, but now that I know my resume is good enough to get interviews, my main goal next summer is to prep in order to be ready for FT interviews. For those of you that have been in the same position, is there any networking I can do over the next year to ensure that I'm re-considered for FT? I don't want to prep for cases then be turned down by every firm again--if the other firms didn't give me a first round for Summer, I'm not sure they'd give me one for FT (I've heard the FT classes are smaller) and since I didn't interview very well with M I've heard that they often won't give you another chance for FT. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

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  • Prospect in Consulting
Oct 28, 2021 - 2:33am

If this helps at all, I applied to junior year internships with no brand name experience. I did horribly in some interviews and still got interviews for FT. Additionally, I also got more interviews for FT than my junior year after I interned at a well-known economic consulting firm place over the summer.

Most Helpful
Oct 30, 2021 - 12:38pm

From my perspective and speaking with upperclassmen, networking doesn't really help in getting yourself an interview in consulting unless you somehow get a partner to vouch for your candidacy.

However, I would echo what was said above and provide a bit more context, full time intake tends to be much larger than the intern class. In the past at my school, it's been almost 3 times as large, though some MBB offices are shifting over to more of the IB model of filling more of their starting full time class from the previous summer's interns, so for the past few years it's been growing closer and closer to half and half. Perhaps a perverse way of looking at it is that all of the "best" competition gets self-selected out into the intern class, so you wouldn't necessarily be competing against the top of your school for getting those interviews.

I would say just network really to get yourself a good understanding of what the firms' offices have culture wise and work wise, and make sure to incorporate those answers into your cover and behavioral responses. Other than that, make sure you have a great internship experience and come out with great things to talk about.

  • Associate 3 in Consulting
Nov 5, 2021 - 3:10pm

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