International students and recruitment

International international student recruiting
New answer on Nov 06, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jul 07, 2020

Hello All,

With more and more policies that are coming against immigration, do you think the big consulting companies (MBB, Strategy&, EYP, LEK and the likes) will stop recruiting international students.

For more context - I am currently an Engineering major at an UPenn (target school) and have a GPA of 3.67 and a T2 consulting internship going on.

Really stressed about the impact of all these new policies on recruiting, so would appreciate some clarity/expert opinion on this.

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Anonymous replied on Jul 07, 2020

Hi Anonymous

No - big consulting companies cannot stop recruiting international students as they typically account for a large portion of new recruits even in the US and European markets. However you may need to be flexible on office location / start date as inflow of consulting work slows and temporary visa restrictions come into place

But even with immigration restrictions - most countries including the US do give some priority to candidates who have spent significant time studying in the country

Best

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Anonymous replied on Jul 08, 2020

Hi A,

don´t worry, it will not affect MBB and other consulting firms looking for talents.

I strongly recommend you also to focus now on your internship, do a great job and convert it into a full-time offer.

In parallel, start networking with the colleagues from your targeted company to get a referral and secure your interview. Be sharp, prepared and get help, if you need.

We are here to help you get your offer.

Good luck,

Andre

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Robert
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replied on Jul 08, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

No don't worry, as long as there are legal ways to do that, MBB & Co won't stop doing that. The overall goal is still catching the best talent, and since the big tech firms are highly competitive it's not that MBB can relax and just recruit from a limited pool of candidates. Won't happen anytime soon.

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Axel
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replied on Jul 08, 2020
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Hi,

No, I do not think they will stop doing so as long as the immigration policy allows for it and there is demand to hire consultants. I think the biggest roadblock for you to get a role now will be the COVID situation given its limiting impact on new hires. Hopefully, this situation will improve significantly by the time you are recruiting for FT roles.

Also, make sure to do a great job during your T2 Internship so you have this opportunity as a back-up plan!

-A

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Clara
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replied on Jul 08, 2020
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Hello!

Let´s not mix things.

The last days there has been a huge fuzz, since interntional students who are now in the US and whose courses have been online (practically all of them, since unis were closed for COVID) cannot stay in the US if the program continues to be online.

This has nothing to do with recruiting!

The only thing affecting recrutiing for the US atm is the presidential proclamtion by Tump stating that, until December 31 2020, no visas will be issued -you can check this in any Embassy page in teh world-.

Hence, transfers are frozen until then, and so will hiring -in that territory-.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Francesco
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Hi there,

Well, it depends on the law.

If consulting companies are allowed to hire international students in your target country, they will continue to do so. However, if a new law comes out and makes that impossible, of course they won’t.

You cannot have an impact on future laws, but you can influence the outcome of your internship. If you have a great performance, you will increase the likelihood of an offer. I would focus on that and on increasing your network for your future applications – that will maximize the chances to land invitations and offers.

Best,

Francesco

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Gaurav
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replied on Nov 06, 2020
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Hi there,

The top consulting companies will not stop hiring candidates worldwide. There is nothing to worry about.

The only problem is that an embassy can refuse a visa. But if you go to work abroad, there will be no problem for an embassy.

Do you need any further help?

All the best,

GB

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