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Bain application - International offices

Bain
New answer on Sep 15, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Sep 15, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Bain posted a job for an MBA consultant position on my US school website. They are not scheduling on campus interviews for our school, it is just posting and then you apply through both the school system and Bain website. I feel that the school system application will go directly to the local US office ( becuase that is the cover letter contact listed on there). However, I am not planing to apply to any US office for Bain. I just applied now through Bain website to Internationaal offices where I think I have more chances. I am worried if I also submit an application to the school system, I get rejected from the US office and that can cause an automatic rejection from International offices as well. Do you think an application on Bain website is enough or I should add another one on our school job board ? Thank you!

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Mehdi
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Hi there,

My advice would be to get in touch with the Career Management Team in your university and ask for more clarity on this. If you can choose your office of interest through the school portal, then apply through it (particularly if it's a target school), otherwise ask the Careers Manager in your school to connect you with HR from Bain to ask your questions (and to potentially connect you HR of your target office).

I hope this help :)
Mehdi

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Anonymous A on Sep 15, 2020

Thank you for your response Mehdi ! My only concern is that people who applied before to international offices directly without going through the university website had better chances. I have heard that for Bain if you get rejected from one office you will be rejected automatically from others. applying through the school system in addition to Bain website means that the application that I will submit to my school system will go directly to the office in the city of the school. My chances are very low with this office because we are not a target school. Historically, they recruit one student per cycle. This is what I am thinking about and what i am trying to conclude from previous trends. Thanks!

Mehdi on Sep 15, 2020

I think the best approach is to contact the HR of the office where your school is located and ask him/her to connect you with the HR of your target office. In general, people are very collaborative if you send them a nice message and give them a few days to reply, you will certainly get a response with the details of the person you should contact in your preferred office. Do no hesitate to reach out to me directly if you need to further discuss how to approach this in a professional way :)

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Clara
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Hello!

I agree with you that this could hinder your possibilities in your desired market.

Hence, I would try to touch base with both parts asap. Perhaps your university´s carreer office is easier to reach than Bain, but always do try.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Ian
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Hi there,

Instead of guessing, you should ask! Reach out to both your career office and Bain HR. Of course, just explain that you're interested in x office and wanted to check that your application doesn't just go to a US pile.

This is a good excuse to get your name familiar to them as well, and can be used to segway into a networking/coffee chat opportunity with someone at the company!

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Udayan
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This is a little confusing to parse out. Can you confirm the following

1. Are you an MBA student at your school?

2. Is it a target school for Bain? (Top 10 US MBA program)

3. Does Bain recruit from your school for international offices? (e.g., Middle East?)

4. Do you have a career center that maintains contact with Bain HR? (Top schools have recruiting folks from Bain full time during recruiting season) - these will be the best people to ask this question to

Lastly - I am not sure why your application will go to US office if you apply to an international office?

Udayan

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Anonymous A on Sep 15, 2020

Hi Udayan ! Thank you for your response. 1- Yes, I am a second year MBA student. 2- My school is top 20. Bain recruits from our school but we are not a target school. They usually recruit about one or two to US office and one for international offices. 4- Yes, Bain has a recruiter contact for our school. It is the recruiter of the office in the city where my school is. In my school system there is no option to choose locations so the application will go to the office in the city where my school is.

Udayan on Sep 15, 2020

Top 20 is slightly harder - I imagine this is similar to say Cornell in terms of ranking. I think it depends on the country you are looking to go to. I suggest you reach out to the HR contact before applying to make it clear that you are interested in a different location and ask for their advice on how to go about it

Anonymous replied on Sep 15, 2020

Dear A,

If you school is target school and you can choose an office to apply, then you can use this opportunity. Especially as Mehdi said that Career Manager can help you to contact with HR.

Otherwise, the bar won't be lower. And if you can take care of your application and apply through referrals. that might add you more chances.

Best,
André

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Anonymous replied on Sep 15, 2020

Hi Anonymous!

The campus websites usually allow you to pick the office that you want your application to be sent to. The big advantage of doing so will be that CV review, interviews, etc can be done in a concentrated way, allowing Bain to be more efficient in the processing of these applications.

If you applied separately through bain.com, your application has been forwarded to the offices you chose there. These offices are not less competitive, but chances to get in might be a bit higher due to working permit restrictions and local languages.

A second application through a compus system should not be necessary anymore. However, you need to be prepared that your process might not follow the same timelines as that of your classmates.

Is this helpful? Also happy to provide more insights if you DM me.

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Anonymous A on Sep 15, 2020

Hi Henning ! Thank you so much that is very helpful!

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