Need advice on securing interviews during MBA recruiting

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New answer on May 06, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 10, 2020

Hi everyone,

I got into multiple M7 schools in the US (non HSW) and LBS, INSEAD in Europe and my post-MBA ambition is MBB. I was an engineering major in college at a top-tier academically intensive Asian university but graduated with less than top-flight credentials (upper second hons). I was extremely active during university and held multiple leadership positions in clubs including starting one of my own. My career trajectory over the last 5 years (I went into industry with a top-tier global design engineering firm and work experience has been largely technical for the public sector) has been really good, again with good extra-curriculars and volunteer experience while working. I'm now interested in learning about business issues and developing myself in a community of high-performing individuals where the work is a bit more fast-paced.

The people who I've spoken to at MBB have really strong backgrounds and I'm slightly worried about not having impeccable academics (i.e. first class). I've done enough research on this and it matters because I fall short on this important attribute as compared to my competition.

From what I know so far, any weaknesses can be possibly overcome with networking, doing cases with EMs, Principals, APs, Partners and asking them for a referral. I understand that I should try to do as well as possible in academics from hereon, at least within the first few terms at business school as that would matter during recruitment for consulting.

But what else can I do to overcome this weakness in the next couple of months / be mindful of?

Thanks so much :)

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Emily
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replied on May 06, 2020
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Like other mentioned, don't worry about your upper second hons in university. You have already worked 5 years and now has a top MBA, recruiters won't be particularly looking at your undergrad any more.

To make things simple, you don't need to put upper 2nd hon on your resume at all. Just leave it out. Top uni and top MBA is already enough as your crendentials.

Focus on other aspects that would matter a lot more, e.g. case prep, crafting your personal experience stories, networking.

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Emily

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Clara
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replied on Mar 10, 2020
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Hello!

If I get your post correctly, you are alredy enrolled for a top-MBA, right?

At this point, there is not much you should worry about regarding your past, since this is the clear "entry door" for MBB. What has been done before the masters is not irrelevant, but it´s not important any more.

Hence, I would focus my time in preparing to really excel MBB interviews, since at the end, that is what counts (once you got the interview, that you should with your MBA). For that, usual preparation, combining FIT and business cases preparation. The MBA will also be wonderful support for this, in terms of resources and network.

Hope it helps!

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Clara

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replied on May 01, 2020
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Hi there,

to second the other comments, I would not worry too much about your previous academic performance pre-MBA. A couple of things that you can do to strengthen your profile are the following:

  • Try to target Dean’s List during your MBA
  • Continue to work on extracurricular activities – you will have plenty of opportunities during your MBA
  • Work to find a referral – which should be relatively easy given the MBA options you currently have

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Francesco

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Antonello
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replied on Apr 01, 2020
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Do not worry about it, the only experience that count is the last, e.g. MBA + working experience

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Antonello

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Luca
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replied on Mar 11, 2020
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Hello,

Don't worry so much about your previous academic results, they are not really important if you have a good MBA.
MBB will visit your campus and you will have to take the chance to create a connection with them. They have some targets for the hiring process and they are always seeking for candidates from MBA world, you shouldn't have any problem to access the interviews.
A referral could be anyway important to accelerate the process, try to leverage the alumni network of your Business schools.

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Luca

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Udayan
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To second Clara - you have absolutely nothing to worry about given that you are in an M7 school MBA program. MBB will flock to your campus and it is extremely likely they will interview you and you don't need any referrals for that interview. Your case performance will depend on how you approach your practice and has little correlation with how you did in your undergraduate degree.

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