I am an MBB intern. Will my managers find out if I apply for another MBB in the same European city?

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New answer on Jan 02, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Dec 24, 2020

Hi All.

I am currently an intern in MBB (joined straight after undergrad). I am considering applying to another MBB in the same country and city (Europe), but I am concerned that my current managers, HRs will find out about this. Naturally, this would not be ideal. Do MBBs exchange information about applicants?

The reason why I am doing this is that I feel the other company might be (slightly) more aligned with my objectives.

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Clara
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replied on Dec 25, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

I don´t fully agree with what has been said before that there is totally no issue. It´s a small word, and everyone knows everyone.

This said, in most cases you shouldn´t have any issue, praticularly if you remark this when talking to HR.

I recently prepared someone moving from Bain to McK, focusing very much on FIT -since this is the part that will be wildly tested-.

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Anonymous A on Sep 22, 2021

Hi Clara, thank you for the answer. A few thoughts: - I am now working full time but still have the same question (still considering switching to the other MBB). Do you think your answer is still valid? - What do you mean by "...you remark this when talking to HR"? You mean to tell them to keep my name confidential during the interview process? - How important is the fit component during interviews for candidates switching between MBBs?

Gaurav
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replied on Dec 24, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

They don't exchange information, it can even be against the law. Second, you're doing an internship and it's obvious that you'll need a full-time job, so it's not a surprise you need to look around.

Hope it helps,

GB

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Henning
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replied on Jan 02, 2021
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Don't worry about this. Clara is right - everyone knows everyone. But for three reasons I am pretty sure that you're safe:

  • People are professionals and don't discuss names of recruits
  • They also have an incentive to not discuss names of recruits - becaues each firm would love to snatch a great recruit from one of the others. Discussing recruits would jeopardize this
  • As an intern you're just not important enough for people to discuss you ;)
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Ian
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replied on Dec 24, 2020
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Hi there,

If you're saying you're working at, say, Bain, and want to apply to McKinsey, for example....you're totally safe.

Go ahead and do this as there is really no risk....

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Vlad
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replied on Dec 24, 2020
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Hi,

Don't worry, they don't share. Feel free to apply

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Anonymous replied on Dec 27, 2020

Hi,

Consulting is a small world and there are always posibilities that the information will reach your current manager / HR. However, I would not see that as a problem since it is always a fair game to find the best for your career and as long as you are not doing anyting unetichal or illegal.

Best,

Iman

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