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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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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.


Anonymous replied on Aug 20, 2020

Dear A,

Whether it's relevand to your current application?

Is this contact is strong enough?


Srihari gave the best answer


Former BCG consultant and teacher/adult trainer with experience in US, India, and Middle East
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