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How to approach recruiters? Should I do it or not?

Anonymous A

Hi, I would like to approach some MBB recruiters by email in order to get more information about an office (I found his/her contact detail in the office webpage). How should I structure my email to get an answer? What to ask and what do not ask?

Do you think this is a good way to get noticed in an office where you don't have contacts?

Thanks!

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Vasilis
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replied on 05/02/2017
x-BCG consultant, Lead of BCG ME recruiting channel, x-BCG interviewer

Hey there,

If you want to get solid info on a specific office, I would email consultants that work there via LinkedIn. I always respond to random LinkedIn messages, and even though a lot of people do not, you still have a good chance of getting the info you need. The issue with recruiters is that they will most likely give you a glorified view of what is going on in the office, since that is their job (and their compensation often depends on hiring quotas).

Hope you find this helpful.

Cheers,

Vas

Francesco replied on 05/12/2017
Ex BCG | MBB Specialist | #1 Expert for meetings done (900+) and recommendation rate (100%)

Hi Anonymous,

I agree with Vasilis, it would be far better to contact a consultant rather than HR; this would also have the added benefit to provide a referral, if you structure well the contact process.

In order to maximize the chance to get a reply/referral, I would suggest the following:

  1. Try to contact someone who is an alumnus of your university
  2. Structure the email asking for a call, rather than putting your questions in the email – this will allow you to have a shorter email (easier to answer) and to have the chance to create a stronger connection during the call
  3. Prepare in advance for the call with some questions about the consultant experience and a final, indirect request for a referral. Something like “What would you suggest I may do to maximize the chances to be invited for an interview?” should work well – if you create enough connection during the call and have a solid background, they will volunteer to refer you.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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