What are my chances of getting an offer from McKinsey or Bain?

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I'm going to be applying for an consulting internship soon. I have a 3.65 GPA as a Chemistry major at Georgetown University. I hold leadership positions in a couple clubs (ex. the investment fund) as well. I know this is not nearly enough information to give an accurate answer, but I wanted to just get a rough answer.

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Dec 23, 2014

Coming from Chemistry isn't going to help. How are your cases and business knowledge?

Dec 25, 2014

Coming from Chemistry would actually help because he brings a STEM background to the table which is unique in the fact it's not among the majority of applicants (i.e. business majors).

@"joe2468" Go apply. This isn't College Confidential where people can provide you a reasonable estimation at your acceptance chances. There's much more to applying to jobs besides a paper application.

Merry Christmas.

Dec 23, 2014
da chief:

Coming from Chemistry would actually help because he brings a STEM background to the table which is unique in the fact it's not among the majority of applicants (i.e. business majors).

@joe2468 Go apply. This isn't College Confidential where people can provide you a reasonable estimation at your acceptance chances. There's much more to applying to jobs besides a paper application.

Merry Christmas.

There's a reason why the VAST majority of candidates who matriculate into these firms have business/econ backgrounds......people from other disciplines frequently don't have the business chops to cut it. That's why I followed up by asking about his business sense and how he's been doing on cases. A chemistry major who's taken 2-3 classes the Bschool is a complete different animal than someone who's going to be asked about ways of increasing revenue, and replies that making your product cheaper will increase it (because they don't get revenue vs profit, and this is a personal example from a case that I gave)

MBB isn't looking for "unique" from undergrad candidates, they are looking for someone bright enough to teach. And they aren't going to teach basic things.

Dec 23, 2014

None, so don't bother applying.

On second thought, 100%, so definitely apply.

What answer are you looking for? You have to be in it to win it - why you would ask something like this is bewildering.

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Dec 23, 2014

5%

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Dec 23, 2014

What do you have against BCG?

I would say with the information you gave, your profile is weak. GPA is a little low, since the "unsaid" cutoff is 3.7. Georgetown is not a top target (HYPSM + Wharton). Leadership in a few clubs sounds generic.

Obviously this could all change if we had more info...

Dec 24, 2014

32.33 repeating of course percentage of offer.

Dec 25, 2014
ebbitten:

repeating of course

heheheh

Dec 24, 2014

Rough answer? Sure.

9.55% with an error of plus or minus 100%.

Dec 25, 2014

These sorts of questions never made sense to me. Just do the best you can, network hard and slam the cases. Are you going to give up because we say it's unlikely? If so, McKinsey and Bain probably wouldn't like that anyways.

Jan 4, 2015
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