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How important is having connections for getting an offer?

Someone asked on Aug 06, 2018 - 2 answers

I am trying to network my way around MBB in the Middle East and it's a bit hard to get a few responces. I am confident that I have a good background if I apply without a connection plus McKinsey knows that I am a president for a club in my university. Do I stand a chance if I don't have a connection

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Vlad replied on Aug 06, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Connections are important if you need a 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

Connections / referrals don't help you pass the interview. If you believe that your resume is good - just apply through the website.

Best!

Anonymous B replied on Aug 06, 2018

They can definetly help you get a foot in the door.

I got an offer from McKinsey with 0 contacts so it can be done!