Hi! I have been invited to two mixers events coming up with two of the MBB firms. How should I approach these events and how can I best present myself?
Behavior during mixers events?
I have written this earlier, and my advice might be counterintuitive, but - please:
Do NOT plan on doing anything special! Networking events at each of the MBB firms are formats for the firm to market itself. It is MUCH LESS the time for you to market yourself. In the moment that you are eligible to participate in such a workshop, the firm has already tagged you as an interesting candidate, and there is very limited headroom for you to "wow" anyone during the event.
So just be relaxed, observe, and ask yourself what are the 2 or 3 things you really want to find out about the Firm and its employees. That's it. Don't try to impress at such a workshop. The time to impress will be the interviews!
It depends on the structure of a workshop:
- Option A: Consultants will show you how to solve a case. Here you don't need to do anything special - just try to have a couple of nice conversations after the case. Don't expect to get any benefits from that and don't do anything special
- Option B: You'll be split into teams with a dedicated consultant observing you solving the case together. Here your main objective is to demonstrate how good you are at solving the cases. That's the only and the best way to impress. Also be careful, since it does not mean you should not listen to others and try being an absolute leader. Be the guy with the smart ideas. I know many candidates who got invited to McKinsey PST or Bain interviews without a test after these events.
You'll also get a chance to:
- Look how MBB approaches solving a case
- Talk to MBB people and get some information for you FIT interview (why The Company reasons, topics for your questions to the interviewer, etc)
- Meet with other candidates with whom you can practice the cases further
PS. After each event, there is a Q&A session where you can talk to consultants 1 on 1 or in a group. If you want to keep in touch - send a thank you note after the event:
- "I just wanted to thank you for visiting our University...
- It was especially interesting to hear about...
- Would be happy to keep in touch and apply in the nearest future.
Alternatively, you may use LinkedIn for that.
I agree with both Sidi and Vlad.
From the perspective of a person who has just gone through the mixers and events - here is just some small tips:
- Prioritise your questions to ask that will provide talking points in your interviews later down the track..."i spoke to X and they said Y,this is interesting to me because of XYZ...what do you think"
- Try to at least build some small rapport - get their early and try to get 1 person to learn your name
- Get in and out, don't be the annoying smell that hangs around too long with the same consultant. Make your impression and leave as the longer you stay around the higher chance you'll say something stupid. Be impactful
- Make your question different from others - Every single person asks their favourite project, the travel, what tips they have for a graduate etc...BE DIFFERENT!
Be curious, confident and try to have some fun.