Re-Applying after Rejection

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Have some feedback on this but would appreciate others feedback as well.

I successfully made final rounds with a top 3 consulting firm twice - both for internship and full-time (as an MBA) and each were for a different domestic office. Post MBA I will be heading to a top firm in its industry (not consulting) with a great brand name. I attend a top 15 MBA program.

Question is simple, what are my chances of getting interviewed again if I re-apply in a year or to? And what if I apply to an international office of which I am fluent in the local language?

Consider my credentials strong (I also made final rounds with another top 3 consulting firm that took a long time to reject me). The feedback I received after my first rejection was to develop better business acumen but they really liked me. I did not receive feedback after full time rejection offer because I was a bit upset and got off phone without asking any questions form the partner though she said they really liked me. I think my rejection was due to a poor performance on a single case.

Appreciate any viewpoints on this!

Comments (34)

May 1, 2011

"If I re-apply in a year or to?"

....Maybe you made a spelling error on your resume / application / cover letter?

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May 1, 2011

In all seriousness, it depends on the reason for rejection. If it was just b/c you did bad on one case, like you indicate, sure you have a shot.

Mix it up a little bit so they get the impression - Wow this guy has really matured and grown since the last time we saw him. Let s give him a shot, he must really want this.

May 1, 2011

you will probably get interviewed again

but why are you insisting on consulting... your peers would be managers by the time you join as an associate

May 1, 2011

good point orangutan. Im not set on it as Im going to great place. I guess I like to know its still an option to interview for. Sounds like it is. Classmates have also encouraged me to apply again.

May 1, 2011

If you were on a waitlist, they would have contacted you, they have your information. I think the posting on Doostang could be an error. Lots of times you'll continue to see postings even after it's been filled. This is because website has a specific time it will refresh the servers. I am sorry to hear you didn't get it, but I would move on.

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May 1, 2011

Sadly that could have also been their nice way of saying no, even though it was a straight no.

May 1, 2011

No, definitely do not apply again. The position is open for new candidates. I'd move on, sorry.

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May 1, 2011

You have nothing to lose , dont listen to them , apply again. Persistence shows you care, they may reconsider you. I made it to a superday at a bb for s&t (think gs,ms,jpm) and didnt get the offer. I pushed when i saw another FO division posting online at the same firm that rejected me and went through the same campus recruiter. I ended up getting the offer. Granted it was not for the same position, but if I would have been a bitch about it and didn't apply again, I wouldn't have got jack shit. Do it! The worst that could happen is getting a no, you then tell them smd and move on.

May 1, 2011

Doostang is shit, i've seen filled postings re-appear on the site all the time.

May 1, 2011

It can't hurt to reach out and try, but honestly it's probably an error. I've had a similar thing happen (didn't interview, just was told from an inside contact that the position was filled and then it appeared on job posting websites after that) but he said it was the same posting and didn't know why it had just gone up.

May 1, 2011

Lots of times positions are reposted because the company paid for 'X' amount of time anyway on said site so they just leave them up. Doostang always does this, doubt it is even still open.

May 1, 2011

as far as i know there's no specific timeframe, but you should have done something to actually improve your cv (e.g. get significant work experience, finish a second degree, etc). otherwise they will just reject you again

May 1, 2011

I read something else about this being a challenge because of your network. Example being if someone from your network goes to bat for you and you don't make it through and get the offer then their reputations are tarnished in a way. So consider your connections. Just a thought.

"The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and i am no quite sure that i know that." Socrates

May 1, 2011

there's no black list. Unless you interviewed and jaw dropingly bombed it no body would care if you applied before, if anything its a chance to show what youve been doing and improving.

May 1, 2011

Reapply to an open position at the same company and tell us the outcome. Contact both alum and recruiter.

May 1, 2011

Absolutely. I have heard of this happen all of the time. Personally I summered at one BB and moved to another that had previously turned me down.

May 1, 2011

Anyone?

May 1, 2011

out of curiosity, how many people in your class were offered full time jobs? In retrospect to your question, contact the MD and ask him for his help.

May 1, 2011

I think it was 3/9 in my group. I was off cycle and so I was actually a lonely intern for my 2 months. The others came in after I was done. MDs are of course more than willing to provide references but don't know what else I can ask them. Was hoping someone would have had experience in this regard. Nice name by the way :)

May 1, 2011

Wouldn't waste a year in another school

May 1, 2011

As long as you are networking and have something finance-related this summer you should be fine for next summer. Don't count on being at a target helping that much (it helps, but isn't the end all), main advantage of target is that their are more alumni to network with.

May 1, 2011

They might but I wouldn't worry about it. Just use your MBA email address and create a new profile to apply. If it comes up (it won't), just be honest and say there was a better opportunity at the time but you've always been interested in working for them and feel that this opportunity is a great fit.

May 1, 2011

They won't.

May 1, 2011
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