Partner cold email

cold email
New answer on May 31, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on May 26, 2021

If you cold emailed a partner for a quick chat and haven't heard back, how many follow up emails are acceptable to send?

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Anonymous B replied on May 26, 2021

22

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Anonymous C on May 26, 2021

Why not 23?

Anonymous B on May 26, 2021

Rumour has it there is one McKinsey partner who won't respond to a cold email until the 37th attempt

Anonymous B on May 26, 2021

Scandalous! I'm sure NYT will be jumping on that one very soon...

Marco-Alexander
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replied on May 31, 2021
Former BCG | Case author for efellows book | Experience in 6 consultancies (Stern Stewart, Capgemini, KPMG, VW Con., Hor

Hi Anonym, it depends on several factors. Feel free to contact me, then we can have a call on this topic :)

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Ian
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replied on May 26, 2021
MBB | 100% personal interview success rate (8/8) and 95% candidate success rate | Personalized interview prep

Um, 0 follow-up emails are acceptable.

If someone doesn't respond the first time, please leave them alone!

That said, there are plenty of fish in the sea, as they say. Rejection is part of networking! Cast the net wide, reach out to a lot of people, and some will bite :) (If you're writing the right messages and reaching out to the right people, of course)

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Ken
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replied on May 26, 2021
Ex-McKinsey final round interviewer | Executive Coach

Unless there is a specific reason to reach out to this specific partner, I would just move on to the next one! :)

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Henning
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replied on May 26, 2021
Bain | passed >15 MBB interviews as a candidate

Everything above one is ballsy. These people are incredibly busy and you're unfortunately not entitled for a response to a cold email. Try getting introduced instead.

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