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I am currently preparing for a final round with a firm. I originally just applied online without any networking or referrals, and I want to reach out to some alumni to get to know more about the firm/local office and to show interest before my final round. However, I am worried about a couple things.

1. Since I am already in the interview process, would reaching out to current employees be seen as going behind HRs back or brown-nosing?

2. Would it be appropriate to reach out to employees that have only done their MBA where I have done my undergraduate? Is that a strong enough connection to ask for a quick chat?

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Vlad replied on 03/16/2018
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Hi,

First of all, the question is Why do you need this?

  • Purely reaching out to people will not give you any extra points at the interview
  • I don't think it will give you any negative points as well since I can hardly imagine that a consultant will find the time to talk about you with HR

What it can really give you:

  1. An inspiration for the FIT interview questions "Why our company?". Having a coffee with a consultant will give you more information about the local office. If you can answer this question now - don't even bother
  2. Mock Interview practice if a consultant decides to help you. But I would rather try to find the consultants via friends for that purpose, not cold calling

Best!

B replied on 03/16/2018
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Hey anonymous,

1. You can always reach out to them, but if your goal is just to show interest in order to improve your chances in final round... don't bother to do it, because that's not going to happen. If you honestly want to know more about the culture, then go for it

2. Again, you can always try to connect, it will depend on each person on whether they will feel such connection and reply back or not

Good luck on your intents

Best

Bruno

Francesco replied on 03/16/2018
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Hi Anonymous,

as Vlad and Bruno mentioned, the only advantage could be related to understand better the company culture. There are no advantages from showing your interest in the company for the final itself. The overall process would also sound a bit strange – this kind of networking is usually done for referrals. In any case, I don’t think there could be any issues with HR for that.

As for your second question, it’s totally fine to connect with MBAs from the university where you have done your undergrad.

Best,

Francesco