Networking with possible interviewer (?)

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Anonymous A asked on Feb 18, 2020

I will have the last round interview with MBB soon. While many people do networking to try to fiend referrals, I am thinking at this stage how to maximize the value of networking.

Would networking help me increase the chance of getting hired at this stage? Since I applied to an experienced role, is it even more important to network with principal/partner focusing on this industry? I have done a lot networking with this firm, but none was senior enough (principal/partner level) and focusing in my industry. Would they also feel weird if I reach out to them at this stage, since they might feel that I am trying to get some information about the interview coming in a few days? (Or, they might be the interviewer since principals focusing on this industry might be just 2 or 3 people in my market). Appreciate your advice!

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Nathaniel
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replied on Feb 20, 2020
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Hello there,

At this point, what matters most is your performance in the interviews.
Hence, I would not advise to spent your energy on networking, as it would not add much to your case, except if you have exposure to the decision makers (partners and senior partners) in an intensive manner.

Even then, they would still need to have your interview performance aligning with the expectations.

Hope it helps.

Kind regards,
Nathan

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Francesco
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replied on Feb 19, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

I don’t see advantages in networking at this stage, unless it happens that by chance there is an event organized by the firm before your interview.

Best,
Francesco

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Vlad
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replied on Feb 18, 2020
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Hi,

Networking will not help you pass the case / fit, so please concentrate on preparation.

However, you can always network via friends and friends of friends. Don't do cold calling at this point. It will not benefit you at all

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Antonello
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replied on Feb 29, 2020
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I would avoid.

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Antonello

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Ian
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replied on Feb 23, 2020
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It would be weird to reach out to a potential interviewer - they may think you're trying to manipulate the system.

Just focus on preparing for the interviews now!

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Clara
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replied on Feb 19, 2020
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Hello!

At this stage, focus 100% of your energies in having the best performance in the interview.

Networking is great for getting the interview, but will not help you meet the bar.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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