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Cover Letter at MBB for multiple offices

Anonymous A asked on Jan 14, 2019 - 3 answers

Hi All,

I am intending to send out my application at MBB but as you know that one can choose up to three offices during the application process. I have my three offices in my mind but the dilemma I am facing is about the cover letter. In general, I always make the cover letter very specific to the location/office however in this case as I am intending to select up to three offices, I dont know how shall I manage that in the cover letter? I cannot attach three cover letters as that is for sure. Shall I make my cover letter very generic without mentioning any office or shall i make it for my first priority office? Any help and advice on this matter will be of great help!

Many thanks! David

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replied on Jan 14, 2019
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good question!

it honestly depends on which is your priority. If you want to go in a specific office, I suggest you to contact through likedin of friends a consultant/ manager of that specific office. Asking some questions to get to know the environment better and the asking him/her to submit your CV. In this case prepare a tailored cover letter (even if not indispensable)

if you are ok with one of the 3 offices. It may be not a your choice at the end... you can send online and preparing a generic cover letter... more focused on why you want to work for the Firm instead of the specific office. Do not send 3 covers

my suggestion would be, anycase, to try first through Likedin/ friends... it’s a good way to also better understand the office and it’s specific culture.

hope this can help,


replied on Jan 15, 2019
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Hi! In a cover letter, I would always recommend to rather emphasize what YOU bring to the table, as opposed to rationalizing why a particular office fits your personal needs. This then also has the advantage that you avoid the dilemma outlined above.

Cheers, Sidi

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Consensus here is that cover letters do not matter much, and may not even be looked at. My personal opinion is that within the cover letter, the "why this location" is just about the least important

That being said, I'd focus mostly on the 'why this company', and on the top location choice if you feel you need to go a little deeper..