McKinsey Referral, Post Online Application

McKinsey Referral
New answer on Feb 15, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Feb 13, 2021

Hi,

I am an experienced consultant (5+ years) and have applied for a role at McKinsey via their website. I believe I am well qualified for this position but, as always, who knows.

My question is, I've since spoken to a friend of mine who I discovered is a Partner at McKinsey, in the office I applied to. I applied independently and hadn't realised this until after I submitted my application. Is there anyway he can flag his support to HR to an application that has already been submitted? I only applied a week ago, and haven't heard anything back yet.

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Clara
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replied on Feb 15, 2021
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Hello!

Yes, absolutely!

This person, being a partner, will know very well the process -that changes a bit form office to office-, will know very well how to "refer" you.

At this point, it does not really matter whether you applied before or not :)

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Francesco
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Hi there,

You can ask for a referral post-application and a partner referral is definitely going to help.

If someone in a Junior role refers you after the application, they won’t get the bonus if you get the offer, so for them it is always better to ask in advance to create a stronger incentive. But for partners that won't really make a difference.

Still, the sooner you ask for it, the better - even a partner cannot do much in case you get a formal rejection before he/she is able to refer you.

Best,
Francesco

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Luca
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Hello,

Sure, you can still have the opportunity to receive support. Referral system is very flexible and especially if there is a partner referring you, HR staff is always open to listen to it. Go ahead and ask for a referral if you want to speed up your application.

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Luca

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Ken
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Yes, he can definitely flag your application, even after you have submitted. If you already have a strong profile then it won't make a big difference but it will definitely ensure your application is reviewed by the recruitment team as a partner referral.

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Vlad
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Hi,

Absolutely, go for it. Partners almost never make an official referral, but they can push your application through the recruiter

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Gaurav
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Hi there,

yes, definitely give it a shot!

Cheers, GB

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Florian
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Hey there,

Definitely, he should definitely reach out to local HR and let them know. Better late than never :-)

I'd ask him to do it today; otherwise, it might be too late.

Cheers,

Florian

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Henning
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replied on Feb 14, 2021
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Yes, you should reach out to your friend. He can still vouch for you to HR and make sure you get an interview invitation.

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Ian
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Hi there,

That's a great find! Well done!

Yes, simply ask him to flag his support for your application (he'll decide whether that will be a system referral or a flag to HR). This is going to greatly improve your chances :)

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Antonello
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Hi, I confirm you can still use the referral to accelerate the process, especially if it comes from a partner. Go for it and do not withdraw the current application
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Antonello

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