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How to Learn networking Online
New answer on Jul 03, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jun 25, 2020

Hi experts, how and where can one learn about online/offline networking to get a referral to an MBB interview?



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replied on Jul 03, 2020
#1 BCG coach | MBB | Tier 2 | Digital, Tech, Platinion | 100% personal success rate (8/8) | 95% candidate success rate

Hi there,

1) Check out the PrepLounge Q&As

2) Sign up with a session with a coach (I can teach you what you need to know in just 1 session)

3) Follow these immediate tips:

a) Reach out to people in your network

b) Reach out to people once removed from your network

c) Reach out to people with a similar backgorund to you (i.e. same alma mater, same historically underrepresented demographic i.e. gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc., same career switch, etc.)

d) Tailor a message to them specifically both showing interest in them and their journey and demonstrating that you have done your research and could be a valuable hire

e) Play "tag" across calls you get so that you can work your way towards the company/office/role you want

f) Never directly ask for a referral, but "hint" at needing one (this is nuanced and important...happy to talk through wording)

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Anonymous replied on Jul 03, 2020

Dear A,

I can share with you some general tips on how to build your conversation with a partner.

You need to be lightly person in order to do so you need to google the most relevant information about your partner with whom you are going to talk about his background, his competence and focus, past projects. Maybe, you can even find any publications where he was an author. Through this, try to ask him the questions and find similarities with yourself: maybe you cam from the same school, town, or interested in the same topics. This will help you to establish both profesional and personal link.

When you reach out to person for example on a Linkedin you can also try to find some connections (city, country, school) to make your conversation work.

If you get a chamce to meet with a partner or have a virtual conversation, listen more than you speak, be an active listener. Partners normally like those person who are smart and listen to them. So make the partner feel great during this conversation. And I'm pretty sure that afterwards he will be eager to help you to get into the firm, which is your ultimate objective.

Hope it helps you,

Also, I'm helping candidate with referrals, so if you need any help or more information, just drop me a message,

Good luck,


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Anonymous replied on Jun 26, 2020

Hi there,

To convince an existing consultant to refer you, you need to convince that consultant that you can actually do the job and pass the interview. (consultants don't want to recommend random people that send cold messages via linked in)

For this, I would recommend that to find a way to slowly build a professional relationship with the consultants - how to do that is tricky and very situational (you could be a student reaching out for consultants to help you with insight for a project, you could be a professional asking them for a quick call to interview them on a specific topic, or to ask them few questions about their company or the consulting industry)

How to build on that initial contact is completely up to - I highly doubt there is a "trick book" that you can use here.

I hope helps in explaining the situation a bit more



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replied on Jun 29, 2020
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There are many posts in this Q&A on how to network, filter by those key words and you will find plenty of threads :)

Hope it helps!



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