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Hi all,

Does it matter much if an associate versus project leader refers you to the firm?

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replied on 01/07/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years

In US what level is the person who refers you is not a differentiatior on whether to grant a person an interview or not.

However, if it is a Partner referring your candidacy, it might carry little bit more weight to grant at least a first round interview especially if s/he knows the candidate well and can speak about her/his abilities.

This is because Partners have greater experience and thus usually greater ability to understand whether the candidate is a good fit or not.

Vlad replied on 01/07/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School


In short - it does not matter THAT MUCH.

If your resume is strong - it doesn't make a difference. If it is not strong enough and you have some weak points in your resume (unclear career switch, etc) - it might help.

Another advantage is that Project Leaders have a bit more power to check your feedback after the first interview round and provide that information to you.


replied on 01/11/2018
BCG Consultant |Consulting Case Coach at London Business School

It doesn't matter a great deal, though if you have the choice I'd definitely recommend getting a recommendation for a project leader. They are more experienced and their recommendation will carry a little more weight. I will only get you a leg up with receiving an invitiation to interview. It won't help you progress any further through the interviews.
Hope this helps.

Anonymous B replied on 01/06/2018


It sure does matter. Usually the chances increase with the higher designation referal.

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