Do most MBB candidates who get invited for an interview apply via referral?

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Anonymous A asked on Sep 10, 2019

Especially for offices like New York, San Francisco, Boston, London, Dubai etc.?

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Marco-Alexander
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Hi,

Not necessarily:

  • MBB is searching proactively for experienced hires
  • MBBs are hiring MBA, and many of them without referrals
  • Many offices are not that competitive and don't require referrals
  • Many resumes are good and don't require referrals

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Anonymous A on Sep 10, 2019

How about undergrad candidates for offices in NY, Boston, San Francisco etc. though?

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Hi there,

A referral can be a great instrument that helps you secure an interview invite.

However, it is not a 100% guarantee that you eventually get an offer because some points and effort must be given from your side as well.

The question is: How much do you really want to get the job? Of course, it is better to provide yourself with a referral for the targeted firm. Otherwise, you can not even get invited.

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Anonymous replied on Jun 12, 2020

Dear A,

Of course, you can apply via referrals or via application system. But in my experience referral maximizes your chances to be invited for the interview.

If you need any further advice or help with referrals, feel free to reach out.

Best,

André

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Udayan
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Referral plays a significant role and not only in the ways you might be thinking about. If you are recruiting from campus, it helps to have a strong connection with your alumni as there are campus specific recruiting teams that shortlist candidates where alumni recommendations play a big role.

Wherever possible try and network before applying - coming from a trusted source you will always be viewed more positively than if you apply on your own

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Anonymous replied on Sep 10, 2019

I can definitely tell you that the majority of candidates are NOT getting in through referrals, at least in the vast majority of developed markets.

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