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How much time to accept MBB offer in Switzerland?

Anonymous A

Hello, I've read on this forum that in Europe the standard time to accept the offer is 1-3 weeks. I have interviews at MBB in Switzerland but they are 3-4 few weeks apart.

Would anyone have experience with Swiss MBB offices and how much time do they give to sign the offer? Is that period extandable and if yes, what would be the good reasons?

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Andrea
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replied on 02/20/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years

In the words of my mentor "an offer is valid until you consider it". Now, do not take that to an extreme but I would say that 3-4 weeks is perfectly normal time to have to consider an offer.

Before extending the time, if you feel prepared, I would ask other firms to shorten their interview time because you have another offer.

Techniques to extend time:

  • Be honest: tell them you have other interviews and since you already made plans you would like to complete them to be fair
  • Negotiate terms of offer: you can negotiate sign-on bonus, tenure (if applicable), start date
  • Personal reasons (if applicable): e.g. need to discuss with SO to make sure is right decision

Hope it helps,

Andrea

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replied on 02/24/2018

Hi anonymous,

Just spoke with a Swiss friend and he told me that you should be completely fine in getting such an extended period of a month, as far as you're able to come up with some sound and consistent arguments (examples in Andrea's post) - in the end of the day you should remember that they want you to work there! (the major caveat could be if you're applying to near from the September intake and the firms need to confirm the final composition of new hires!)

Best

Bruno