Partner Referral - Is it okay to skip the online application?

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New answer on May 09, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 10, 2020

Hello,

A partner has passed my resume and cover letter to the recruitment team. I am confused about how this will move forward? When asked if I could apply online and then forward my application along with CV/CL, I was told that was not necessary. Does this mean, my application won't get registered online? Is it okay if that happens? Please advice!

Thanks in advance :)

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Emily
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replied on May 06, 2020
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Hi,

When partner refers you and it reaches the recuirtment team, usually you don't need to apply online anymore. Don't worry about whether you get registered online or not. HR would have your record and proceed you.

When I was in the recruting team, sometimes HR pass me a resume directly telling me it is from a certain partner. As long as the resume looks decent (most likely it is, otherwise the partner would not have passed it), we go directly to arranging the interview.

Personally I have also secured offer via referral, without applying online.

Best,

Emily

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Anonymous replied on May 07, 2020

Hi A,

Referral normally brings you to the pole position for the interview. You may compare it to “skipping the line for business class” at the airport. So there is no need to apply online. Just wait until HR contact you.


Best,

André

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Anton
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replied on May 08, 2020
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Hi,

Just wait for instructions from recruiters. Very simple and straightforward.

Good luck in your interview!

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Clara
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replied on Mar 10, 2020
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Hello!

Normally HR will directly contact you, hence you don´t need to apply online.

In your shoes, I would wait a bit and only if none gets in touch, touch base with the partner.

Good luck!

Cheers,

Clara

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Robert
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replied on Mar 10, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

What usually happens if a partner is referring you, is that HR will contact you without that you enter any information online upfront.

So no need to apply online for now and just wait until you get contacted!

Hope that helps - if so, please give it a thumbs-up!

Robert

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Iman
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replied on May 09, 2020
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If the referral come from alumni or people working in the firm. Online application usually not required. The HR will record your profile along the process. So don't worry :)

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Luca
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replied on Mar 11, 2020
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Hello,

If they receive the CV from a partner, there is no need for applying online. Anyway sometimes could happen that, when they will contact you, they will ask you to do the online application in addition just to record the process in the system.
Don't worry about it now, just follow the instructions that you receive.

Hope it helps,
Luca

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Udayan
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You will have to submit a form online for regulatory/legal purposes anyhow. Like others have said even if you make it all the way to an offer without it, HR will make you do so

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Francesco
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replied on May 01, 2020
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Hi there,

normally there is no need to apply online if a partner provides a referral, HR will contact you in due time if you are invited.

Best,

Francesco

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Antonello
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replied on Apr 01, 2020
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I would add to not worry about calling HR to clarify your status. They are there to help

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Antonello

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