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How to get a referral at a Woman Event BCG?

Anonymous A asked on Nov 18, 2019 - 2 answers

Hello everybody,

I'm gonna take part in a BCG woman event. What is the best way to get a referral followed by an interview invitation?
Are there any special things to consider as it is an exclusive event for women?

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Hi Anon,

I haven't been to any BCG women's events, but can speak for my experience with McKinsey's and will assume they are fairly similar.

If this is a by-application-only event, the relevant recruiters will already have seen and screened your CV. You wouldn't necessarily need a "referral" per se, but having a recruiter chat to you and encourage you to apply (I know this happens at McKinsey) will at least give you a high chance of getting through the CV screening stage and straight to the tests.

In order to do this, I would just find some topics of conversation to chat about - it doesn't have to be BCG or your current job, but can be on other topics e.g. BCG's initiatives to encourage women to apply, some of their other current projects at BCG, etc. Get them talking to you and they'll ask you questions about yourself as well.

Importantly, keep in mind that the referral only helps get your CV through the first stage. From there, you are on a level playing field with everyone else who has passed that stage.

Best of luck!

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Here are some tips for networking events that I find useful

  1. Prepare for it beforehand! Read up on interesting things you want to discuss that relate to BCG. This includes relevant news articles in sources such as the economist or Wall Street Journal, BCG publications and any major news events focusing on BCG research/work. (Avoid focusing on negative ones)
  2. Prepare an introduction sentence - 'Hi, I am xx and I am very excited to be here because of yy and zz'
  3. Have some clear objectives for the evening. These could be
    1. Understanding how BCG approaches recruitment for women and why it matters
    2. Meeting 3 or 4 people from BCG with whom you can have at least 10 mins of interesting conversation
    3. Meeting other candidates for you to keep in touch with (this is important too!)
  4. Make an actionable list of questions you want answered and try and get as many answered throughout the event
  5. Be enthusiastic and be present! This is important , do not look bored or like you would rather be somewhere else
  6. Listen attentively and engage in the event - listening is often more helpful than talking when it comes to building relationships
  7. Send a customized thank you note to all the people you connected with. Make sure to reference the conversation you had so they have something to remember you by. If and when they reply you can then ask for referrals or some sort of recommendation for interviews. This works best if you can make it personal to them.

DO NOT

  1. Be on your phone - big no no
  2. Be shy/reserved - it is important you talk and put yourself out there

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