Meeting with Senior Managing Partner

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Anonymous A asked on Jun 26, 2020

I'd met a senior managing partner a few years ago over a project. Since then, my project has grown 100x in three years (low 5 figures to 7 figures).

Ive reconnected with the senior partner and have a meeting for an hour.

I don't know what to expect and the objectives. So what could I expect and I'm also open to consulting so, how do I convert this into a possible offer ?

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Chris
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replied on Jun 26, 2020
McKinsey EM, 8 years recruiting interviews, 4 years professional coaching, 1000+ candidates helped

Hi, sounds like a great networking opportunity! A few thoughts I'd share:

  • Networking is known in the consulting community as a way towards receiving an offer, so I'd be explicit about your interest in the firm
  • Focus on what you'd bring to the firm, i.e., what's in it for them to bring you on board
  • Also focus on what development you're missing in your current role that you'd gain at this firm
  • Related to point 1, I'd ask for a referral to a recruiter at the end of the call, as well as any other contacts that came up in the conversation; always try to leave a networking experience with 2 contacts, exponential growth in network :-)

Good luck!

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Anonymous A on Jul 02, 2020

Hi Chris, this helps greatly! Thanks

Udayan
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replied on Jun 27, 2020
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Congratulations on the growth!

You are doing the right thing by networking with the Senior Managing Partner again, this is exactly how you build relationships!.

In order to leverage this into consulting you will have to think about why it is that you want to move into consulting and leave this lucrative opportunity. Specifically what will consulting give you that you currently don't have and how you plan to use it.

Before asking for a referral hear his thoughts on whether consulting would be a good fit for you (once you have explained your position) and if he seems open to it then ask for advice on what you should do to be a better candidate. Once he explains that - work on what he suggests and reach back out to him with the updates. Once he sees you are serious he will have a higher motivation to truly pitch for you to the HR team

All the best,
Udayan

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Anonymous A on Jul 02, 2020

Thanks Udayan, I'll keep your suggestions in mind :)

Anonymous replied on Jul 03, 2020

Dear A,

It's great that you have a chance to talk with a Senior partner.

Well, in general, you need to be lightly person on order to do so you need to google the most relevant information about your partner with whom you are going to talk about his background, his competence and focus, past projects. Maybe, you can even find any publications where he was an author. Through this, try to ask him the questions and find similarities with yourself: maybe you cam from the same school, town, or interested in the same topics. This will help you to establish both profesional and personal link.

Listen more than you speak, be an active listener. Partners normally like those person who are smart and listen to them. So make the partner feel great during this conversation. And I'm pretty sure that afterwards he will be eager to help you to get into the firm, which is your ultimate objective.

Hope it helps you,

If you need further tips, just drop me a message,

Good luck,

André

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Ian
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replied on Jul 02, 2020
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Hi there

Just like any networking, you just need to make a good impression! This means:

1) You capably answer any detailed/specific questions they have about the project and where it's gone

2) You demonstrate your skills/experience gained over the years

3) You show that you are smart, capable, and likeable

4) You have a clear vision for where you want to take your career, you know what this Senior Managing Partner's company does, and this aligns with both your interests and skills

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Clara
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replied on Jun 29, 2020
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Hello!

Congrats on the growth, is this your own startup?

Take it as an informal networking opportunity, in which for sure you should mention you are open to consulting and should ask for his advise on how to proceed. The rest will come alone ;)

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous A on Jul 02, 2020

Yes! it was a startup scaled to an industrial consortium, Europe has a unique way of managing tech. Thanks for the advice

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