I am an advanced degree candidate (Ph.D. in life sciences) preparing for a career in management consulting.
I have been preparing (editing resume/CV, preparing answers for fit questions, researching consulting firms, casing) and while I feel confident about my strategy to land an offer I have some concerns hopefully someone here can help.
I would like to be ready before I apply to prevent being unprepared for the interview. My concern is beyond losing the offer some firms even have a ban before one can reapply.
In addition, there are other considerations too - seasonal recruitment for fresh graduates, applying via website versus getting a referrals.
My question is should I rush my applications via the firms' career websites to be ahead of the campus/graduate hiring season? Or should I try and link up with recruiters from these companies.
Is it absolutely crucial to be referred in? I do worry a little that my application will be lost in the heap if I apply via website. Thus I have been reaching out to recruiters and consultants in these firms but response from them, as expected, is rather slow. Of course I understand they are busy people, though what would be a good amount of time to wait before following up? A week?