For companies like McKinsey, Bain, Booz, and BCG – are certain offices “easier” to recruit for?

This myth is partly true, partly false.

It’s partly true because selectivity varies by office at GMCs. Smaller offices may prefer a weaker candidate who ranks them #1 and has a rationale for that ranking (eg, it’s their hometown, they’re interested in the region’s dominant industries) to a stronger candidate who doesn’t rank them at all.

It’s partly false because selectivity can vary significantly in the smaller offices year-to-year. Particularly in the current hiring environment, smaller offices may make offers in the low single digits (if any).

Here’s your takeaway: if you’re a very strong candidate, it won’t matter to which office you apply. If you’re a borderline candidate, you may want to give office preferences a closer look – but only if you have good personal and professional reasons to do so.

  • bdm

    How does your lifestyle differ in a smaller office compared to a larger office, in terms of travel and clients?

    Also, how do your exit opportunities differ?

  • bdm

    sorry just realized i asked this question twice…

  • Kevin

    In a smaller office, you can expect more travel.

    It’s hard to say about exit opportunities – there are more important variables (eg, the type of work you do, the client industries/sectors you serve, etc).

  • wan2be


    I’m such a bordeline candidate (lib arts). My problem with choosing an office is that of languages. I’m only fluent in english and my mother tongue. All things considered, how important is it to be fluent in the second language of the office? (for instance belgium has english and french).

    Thanks !