Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bain & Company Rejection

Well the word on the street was that Bain wasn't going to hire more than 1 person this year and it looks like that is probably a pretty fair estimate. I just got my rejection letter from them this morning. Since I already have had or will have interviews with McKinsey, BCG, and Booz, I can't imagine that I got the ding from Bain because of my resume as much as the fact that they really must not be hiring.

I did like their presentation that they gave trying to sell Bain and it seems like being a "Bainey" is a pretty good gig...especially with all of the work they do on the private equity side.

The rejection was pretty generic so I'm guessing that my application really wasn't even given a second thought. In this kind of situation, it probably really helps to have known someone inside at Bain. I had met one of the consultants there a few times, but had never actually spoken more than once to the advanced degree recruiter...which is a definite negative when you are tying to get one of these jobs!'s the bad news:

Thank you for your recent application for the Consultant position at Bain & Company. We appreciate the time you have taken to apply. This year we have received applications from an unprecedented number of well-qualified candidates, making it impossible for us to interview all those who are interested in a position. After careful assessment of your application, we regret to inform you that we are unable to initiate discussions with you at this time.

We appreciate your interest in Bain & Company and wish you every success in your career.

Thank you again for your interest.


  1. I interviewed with Bain SF and was pretty successful. I networked a lot to get as far as I did and felt really appreciated. It turns out this year is very very bad and they are not hiring that much because of the economy. I was "at the top of the waitlist" and they still have me on deck for an offer when the economy improves. It sounds like things are pretty rough there right now. They hired barely anyone and almost all were MBAs.

    The upside is if I don't get an offer in the Spring I can just go straight to Round 2 if I apply again. By that point I'll apply to Mck and BCG after I am closer to finishing my PhD at MIT.

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