McKinsey Keep In Touch Letter...Does it Mean Anything?

Hi guys,

I applied to McKinsey FT online and obviously got rejected, however, I got an email about a month ago saying that they wanted to keep in touch with me and that I just needed to fill out a form. I thought, "why not" and went ahead with it and earlier today, I got some random materials claiming that they wanted to offer me "insights into McKinsey's leadership" and stuff like that. I was just wondering if this actually means that I might have been close to getting an interview or if it's nothing too important.


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Comments (19)

Dec 7, 2011 - 12:00am

I got the same email. I figure they sent it to everyone. Did you get a referral?

Don't believe everything you think.
Dec 7, 2011 - 12:59am

Don't tell me the referral is a Ms. Diane Black. And banks do spam hard these days though they never reply you on serious stuffs. Fudgetaboutit dude, if an interview comes, there'll be much clearer information.

Nobody wants to work for it anymore. There's no honor in taking the after school job at Mickey D's. Honor's in the dollar, kid.
Dec 7, 2011 - 10:32pm

What do you mean by get a referral? All I got was some random materials from them and that emailing list invitation that I mentioned in the OP

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Dec 11, 2011 - 3:36pm

If nothing else, this should be a reminder to keep networking. Keep in contact with anybody you've met there (maybe an email once a month just to say hi, let them know what you're doing, and, if you're looking, that you're still in the job market).

This is the biggest thing we talk about on WSO: networking. Just because you didn't get the job today, doesn't mean that they will never hire you.

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee
Dec 12, 2011 - 3:11pm

The thing is, I haven't really met anyone there. I just applied online then got these letters. Plus, I'm from a non-target so my school doesn't have any alumni I can contact even if I wanted to cold approach them. That's why I'm trying to figure out if this actually means something or if it's just standard rejection protocol

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Dec 12, 2011 - 7:19pm

I think they're probably mostly genuine about it, but with some more than others...

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee
Dec 13, 2011 - 11:36pm

Well that's encouraging at least given that I'm from a non-target and nothing special resume-wise + submitted it online. Just gotta keep plugging along and hope for the best.

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Dec 14, 2011 - 2:25pm

It's nothing too important. If you had gotten referred to the firm by an employee and had gotten an email from an individual recruiter asking you to keep in touch, that would be a little bit more meaningful.

One of those lights, slightly brighter than the rest, will be my wingtip passing over.
Apr 24, 2014 - 8:41am

I also applied online but the recruiter stated that it is too early for me (end of 2nd year BBA) to start an internship. Therefore, she supposed to invite me in the keep-in-touch program. I am also wondering if this is only a nice way of saying 'no thanks' or has the program something to offer?

Apr 25, 2014 - 4:32pm

I don't know much about it, but I do know that of my 1st year MBA class only some of the McK internship rejects got invited to the keep in touch program. They've only had one event so far and it wasn't that interesting, but I'd still consider it a good sign.

Apr 25, 2014 - 4:44pm

it doesn't mean a lot, I had those myself. It puts you on their newsletter circulation.

by now, it is obvious that we have a pattern, that all rejected applicants to MBB have similar experiences. :( what a tease

i'm not smart enough to do everything, but dumb enough to try anything
Apr 26, 2014 - 6:41am

I don't think everyone who's rejected is invited to keep in touch. I'd guess it means that if you leave it for a while (i.e., at least 1-2 years) and make a meaningful improvement in your application, they'd be happy for you to apply again

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Jul 18, 2014 - 4:06am

I had the PST invitation (the test will be taken next month), but still received Keep In touch Letter

fight for MBB
Oct 23, 2014 - 8:14pm

Don't know about the exact protocol in the US. In Europe, there are two categories 1) turn down (= don't ever apply again), and 2) see later (= we do not accept your application right now, but happy to reconsider in a year or two once you have finished your degree etc.). Only category 2) would be invited to keep in touch.

Oct 23, 2014 - 8:15pm

McKinsey's "Keep in Touch" Program (Originally Posted: 05/25/2015)

Hey, all,

I was recently extended a FT interview offer with McKinsey. A couple weeks later I've received an offer to join their "Keep in Touch" program. I'm interested, but I was wondering if anyone would be able to share their experiences with the program/how useful they found it.


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