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Initial application: ask contact person for approval of mentioning their name in the cover letter?

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Anonymous A asked on Jun 01, 2017

A while ago I had a pleasant interview with a partner for a master thesis. Now, I am applying to the same firm for an entry level position and would like to mention the name of the partner in the cover letter. Do I need to ask the partner for permission?

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Srihari
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replied on Jun 02, 2017
Former BCG consultant and teacher/adult trainer with experience in US, India, and Middle East

You can always mention that you were inspired or interested by meeting someone - that never needs permission (as long as you aren't quoting them or commiting them in some way). But, in this case, it's probably not smart to mention the name for a few reasons

1) It sounds like it was a long time ago

2) It doesn't appear like a very strong relationship

3) Most importantly it sounds like the interview wasn't related to your interest in consulting, Usually people talk to current consultants in a recruiting context, and then it is more appropriate to say "i spoke to so-and-so about x,y,z in the consulting industry, i got interested, etc. etc."

Rule of thumb - if they were to mention your name to the partner, would they remember you? If yes, then it's okay - if no, I'd not do it.

Sri

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Anonymous replied on Aug 20, 2020

Dear A,

Whether it's relevand to your current application?

Is this contact is strong enough?

Best,
André

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