Importance of office in weight of referral

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New answer on Jan 31, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 13, 2021

Hello all,

What is the importance of office in weight of referral? If I am referred for a MBB office in Europe from a partner in the Middle East or Africa, will it carry less weight than a referral from a European office?

Thanks!

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Gaurav
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replied on Jan 13, 2021
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Hi there,

a referral from your target office would be ideal, however it doesn't mean that the global office loses its value. It's still a referral and increases your chances to get invited to the interview.

Good luck!

Cheers,

GB

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Vlad
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Hi,

  • For McKinsey, BCG, the referral can be global
  • Bain requires a local referral in many offices

A local partner is the best one since it almost guarantees an interview, however, even the global one is more than enough

Best

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Ian
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Hi there,

Geographically there isn't weight placed (i.e. x location viewed better). That said, you do want to aim for referrals in the same country/region in order to increase your chances. However, a referral is a referral and will always improve your odds!

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Francesco
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Hi there,

The short answer is that a referral from a local office is better, however referrals from other offices work as well. I was referred by a US Partner at BCG Italy and it worked ;)

Best,

Francesco

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Florian
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Hey there,

I second Francesco. I was referred by a Hong Kong EM (project manager) for the McKinsey Vienna Office and the referral carried enough weight to bypass the normal screening process. I got my interview invitation 2 days later.

Cheers,

Florian

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Henning
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replied on Jan 31, 2021
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Yes, it does carry less weight. A referral from the office you're applying to is always best.

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Denis
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replied on Jan 20, 2021
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Generally: Local is the way to go.

McK BCG global referrals work well too, Bain not so much!

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Antonello
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replied on Jan 18, 2021
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Hi,

Put simply, local works best. Being referred by someone from another office is still great!

Good luck,

Antonello

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Clara
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Hello!

In short, nothing to worry at all.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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