You might remember that this blog originally started as a way to document my failure of a job search as I was graduating from UC Santa Cruz. I’ve learned a lot since then – some of those old post are, well, maybe better left to the annals of time.
Anyway, MBASchooled asked to interview me about my business school job search process. You can read the full interview here. Specifically, they wanted to know about recruiting for McKinsey & Co, which is where I interned last year and where I’ll be working full time, starting in a month or two.
In this interview, I really enjoyed talking about job search failure, which was something I learned a lot about back in 2009. Here’s what I told MBASchooled:
Getting dinged is not the end of the world. I got turned down at tons of companies – both consulting and non-consulting – during this recruiting process. Seriously, maybe 15 or 20 places said no. I even got a ding from another company I’d applied to … during my first week at McKinsey. That one actually felt pretty good, because those other guys were late to the party!
Does rejection sting? Of course. But life goes on, and it’s important to have that longer-term perspective. Remember that this couple of months of recruiting is not the most important thing you’ll ever do with your life.
Again, the full interview can be found here.