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

Anonymous A asked on May 01, 2017

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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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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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

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