Maximum response time from Big 4 - Middle East

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New answer on Feb 15, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Feb 14, 2021

Hello,

I finished all my interviews with one of Big4 companies in the middle east. Initially, HR told me that they would get back to me early February. I followed up another time, and they told me they are still reviewing applications. How long should I give them before they reply? In case this doesn't workout, I am going for a master's degree in analytics, to switch domains. The problem is that I have to decide really soon. Please advise.

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Francesco
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Hi there,

Some companies like Strategy& may take several weeks to provide results in the ME indeed.

I would keep both options open if possible. Unless you have to pay for the Master in advance, you can apply and then drop the Master if you get the offer.

If you do have to pay for the Master, I would wait another week (assuming the deadline for the master is after that) and then call HR (better to call than email them). You can explain the situation and ask if it would be possible to have feedback before the deadline as there is a financial commitment involved. It won’t negatively affect the outcome.

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Clara
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Hello!

I don´t know what is wrong lately with BIG4, they are just taking forever!

I would wait at least another week before following up.

Furthermore, in case you are in urgent need since you have other offer/other processes, don´t hesitate to tell them. This makes everything run much faster!

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Ian
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Hi there,

I would wait 2 weeks before following up again (if you can)

How long do you have to decide on your masters?

I would message them 5 days before your Master's decision letting them know you have 5 days to make up your mind, and, if you don't hear back from them, you'll have to go the Master's route. (Do so in a polite/FYI way, not a "you better hurry up" way)

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Gaurav
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Hi there,

It can take up to 4 weeks. I would wait another week and follow up again, but of course, it depends on how much time you have until deciding on your master's.

Fingers crossed for you!

GB

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Florian
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Hey there,

Big4 can take some time these days, especially since COVID, schedules are messed up in many places. If you have a deadline or cross-offer I would actively tell HR that you need a decision until a specific date.

Cheers,

Florian

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Adi
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Hey, based on my recent experience coaching candidates for BIG4, they are taking upto 2-4 weeks to get back..could be many reasons for the delay behing the scene.

Give it another week before you chase again & explain the urgency to HR.

Do you have to decide on the masters within the next 2-3 weeks? Am not clear on that.

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Antonello
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Hi, it usually takes up to a couple of weeks. I recommend calling HR without worrying about bothering them. They are there to help and the decision will be made by consultants

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