So, I am currently working full time (3 years industrial experience) at one of the top 3 automotive companies in the US - Michigan - Greater Detroit Area on a the autonomous vehicle which is considered one of the most innovative projects in the worldand currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Michigan -Dearborn in Industrial Engineering (Undergrad through PhD I have GPA : A) which after taking courses in industrial management and operations lead me to apply for a consulting job at McKinsey and BCG, I have not felt any interest in Bain after researching the firm and their culture. I see the deadlines for both companies are July 15 th for Advanced professionals at McKinsey and July 22nd for Experienced professional at BCG. I would appreciate any advise from anyone who has taken that route in their Career. Aside from that:
1-Would the firm exempt applicants from taking the PST or Potential test under some circumstances?
2- Is it a wise step to shoot an email to the managing partner in the area after applying? if yes, what should it contain?
3- Are there any books/references to practice cases?(not buying any coaching sessions LoL, books yeah, websites etc.. but not a person to teach me case studies !) I have finished the online cases posted by the 2 companies, and I do not know if it is just me who found them very easy to tackle and got ~95% same answers without even having any previous idea about frameworks and what not but I have taken a lot of advanced courses in business and engineering.
4- When am I supposed to hear from the companies? I do not have any internal contact, honestly in an attempt to make some connections, I tried linkedin but they are not even replying which is understandable.
thank you in advance for all sound and good advises.