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Is it weird to continue meeting with contacts within a firm?

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New answer on Nov 17, 2019
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Jonathan
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asked on Nov 15, 2019

So long story short, I did some cold calls and within a specific MBB firm I met one guy who referred me to another.

The first guy has been helping me out, gave me a case to test where I'm at last week. Would it be weird to reach out to the second to grab a coffee just to keep the relationship fresh? Or should I stick with this first gentleman that seems invested in me now and just move with him.

I love meeting new people from the same firm as everyone gives a different perspective when I ask about clients, or their expreiences or what they like about the firm so the more people I talk to the more holistic view I get of what it is really like to work there.

The problem is I don't want to come off as someone who is just meeting people for no reason.

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Anonymous replied on Nov 16, 2019

Hi there,

I don't think it would be any concern. Since the first guy referred you to the other guy, it is natural for you to follow up on the lead. I think you can benefit from talking to the 2nd guy in multiple ways: (1) give you a chance to learn more about the job, the firm (probably different perspectives from different people), (2) don't burnden the 1st guy too much, (3) show your interest.

Just be considerate and polite when you reach out. E.g. don't come across as demanding. Put it nicely, and show your appreciation to their time and effort spent with you.

Cheers,

Emily

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Deniz
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replied on Nov 17, 2019
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Hi,

You can continue networking with as many people as you need, as long as you believe you can generate more insights out of additional these calls/meetups. I would not meet with more than one person per office of your application for the sake of it.

Best,

Deniz

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Francesco
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replied on Nov 16, 2019
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Hi Jonathan,

I don’t see any problem with that given the first guy referred to the second one – the first person is probably expecting that you meet his colleague. If you feel too pushy to ask to meet in person, you may suggest having a call first.

In terms of perception, so far that you ask smart questions and help the person to have a good time I don’t think there could be issues. Bear in mind that they probably think you are doing this to get a referral as this is the main reason why people network with MBB consultants.

Best,

Francesco

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Vlad
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replied on Nov 15, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Why should you meet people for no reason when you can start meeting people for a case?:)

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Jonathan on Nov 15, 2019

Would it not be a bit demanding to ask someone to give you a case without ever meeting them? If I put myself in their shoes, I'm generally happy to give someone tips but I generally like to meet applicants for coffee first to get to know them

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