Partner Referral

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Anonymous A asked on Jan 09, 2019

Hello. I read here the higher the position of the referral person the better opportunity of interview invitation. I know I must only wait and see, but I wonder: if I have a MBB partner recommend me in the system is there very high chance of interview? My background is very not traditional but the partner I speak with says I have very high potential and when I want to apply they will recommend me which makes me hope. I try to network with other firms too because I know getting interviews is very hard. I try to be confident but not to get my hopes too very high because I know I may not get interview offers. So I just wonder. Thank you.

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Sidi
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replied on Jan 09, 2019
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers

If a partner recommends you internally, the chances are very high. At least 80% I would say. In fact the only problematic scenario I could think of is if you could not be employed for firm policy reasons (e.g., I know of a son of a McKinsey Senior Partner who could not apply to McKinsey since it is internally prohibited (not sure whether it is global or office specific though)).

Cheers, Sidi

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Anonymous replied on May 13, 2020

Hi,

I will try to explain how it works. Generally, getting a “partner referral” brings you to the pole position for the interview. You may compare it to “skipping the line for business class” at the airport.


Feel free to ask any further questions

Best,
André

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Guennael
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replied on Jan 09, 2019
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Yes - if a Partner truly recommends you, your odds of getting an interview are very high indeed. Make sure you start prepping for the case interview also, it takes a long time to really feel confident doing cases.

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Vlad
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replied on Jan 09, 2019
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Hi,

Chances are pretty high with any consultant, but especially when it is the partner.

Best!

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