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how does a referral works at BCG?

Anonymous A asked on Oct 30, 2018

I am an entry level candidate.

I connected with a project leader at BCG that offered to bring my candidacy forward.

I sent him my CV and cover letter a week ago asking him to explain me whether I should just wait or apply through the website in the meantime. No answer so far. I am planning to write him back next week.

a) how does this referral normally work?

b) how can I be nice and not pushy through my e-mail next week?what should I write him?

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Typically I just forwarded the application to HR and they noted down the referral. I don't think I have seen a system on a global level that allows employees to submit referrals.

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In answer to your question - the only way to know for sure is to follow up with your connection. However, I strongly suspect you will still have to apply on the website, since BCG will ask for more info beyond what is on your CV / CL - so more likely they will add it as a note to your profile.

Secondly, some companies have started introducing global referral systems / databases. If I refer someone, I mark their name down in the system, how I know them etc. and if someone with that name applies, my comments will show up as part of their app.

Good luck!

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There are certain criteria for the referral:

  1. The consultant makes you a reference in the system and uploads your resume. Usually, he has to indicate why he thinks you are a good candidate
  2. You skip some steps in the recruiting process (CV screening at McK, Test at Bain)
  3. The consultant gets a referral bonus ($) if you get a job offer

As you can see simply mentioning a person in your CL does not change the process at all.

The conversion to reference will be higher among consultant / manager level people who are still interested in the referral bonus. The basic idea is to ask these people for a mock interview.

In your case - just gently remind him. It's totally fine since consultants are busy and it's easy to forget something.


Anonymous A replied on Oct 30, 2018

Vasilis, thank you for your answer, but what I meant is whether I should just waitt a call from a HR or I should apply also on the website

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