Saturday, March 17, 2007

The McKinsey Dinner

A lot of people turned up. Around 200 of us. The McKinsey Dinner -a traditional social event in itself- capped a week full of company presentations, mock interviews, workshops. The message was: job search is starting now, so quit the cool MBA world and switch to the professional mode.

This requires some adaptation. I guess it's again a matter of normal distribution. Some people know very precisely what they are looking for, the vast majority is still a bit overwhelmed by the options given by the MBA.

In terms of campus atmosphere, it's weird. While we were so happy to meet up again, most of us are too stressed right now to party very much. Quite a few of us want to party and socialise, because we either have a job (sponsored) or want to go into entrepreneurship. I feel there are several kinds of pressure: peers, loans, family. It's all legitimate. I just hope that people will get the jobs of their lives quickly so that we can turn back to the socialize mode!

Back to the McKinsey Dinner. It was nice, McKinsey people are sleek and very interesting. High correlation with Dean's List. Food was supposed to be 1 Michelin star... I think it was communication. Wine was on the cheap side. Still, the presentation was very successful (apparently, these are good years for Consulting recruiting), the Chateau location amazing, the event, a big hit.

This week-end, no job search for me, I'm writing a paper on the risks of empathy... Anybody has any clues?

To know more about Chateau de Bourron-Marlotte (perfect for a wedding banquet...)



At 10:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with interviews if you change your mind... I'm a class of 2008 new admit with a new blog... Can you link to me?

At 11:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean by "High correlation with Dean's List"? That they will mostly only look at Dean's list students? Also, how many students make the deans list? Thanks.

At 7:19 PM , Blogger DomoDomo@INSEAD said...

Well, let's put it this way, the Dean's List interests 3 people: participants who care about grades, Top Consulting, and Top Investment Banking. Firms don't ask for Dean's List -I believe- but participants from the DL would be looked upon favourably by Consulting and IB definitely. Of course the rest too, but I'm sure there's a slight bias. Another correlation comes from the fact that people from Top Consulting -McKinsey Booz BCG- are often on the DL as well... 10% of the intake makes the DL, ie 45 people per intake, and 90 per year.


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