Partner reply - Mckinsey

New answer on Apr 12, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Apr 10, 2021

Hello experts,

I have got a reply from a partner while I was networking. I am pasting the reply so that you can guide me better.


Thanks for reaching out. I do quarterly calls with students and professionals considering McKinsey to answer questions and chat about whatever is on their mind. I am copying my assistant XXX so she can add you to the next one.

What do you think?

Look forward to talking!

I do not know how to approach this call and what should I expect in this call. Can anybody please guide me?

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replied on Apr 11, 2021
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Hi there,

Well done on landing the call in the first place.

If it is a one-to-one call, you should prepare three main things before the call:

  • Your own pitch. 3-4 lines should be enough
  • 3-4 questions on the personal experiences of the person. Avoid to ask questions about the company
  • A closing question for the referral. It should be an indirect request to avoid being too pushy

Before the call, you should have your CV and Cover ready – in this way you can send them right away if the person wants to refer you.

If it is a group call, it is very difficult that may end in a referral. As Ian mentioned, it could still be interesting to ask questions.

You can find more information on referrals at the link below:



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replied on Apr 12, 2021
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I think it´s not good news yet, but can become easily good news :)

Book asap time with his/her assitant for that call, and prep for it! It´s going to be on FIT, mostly on motivational and intr+CV questions.

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replied on Apr 10, 2021
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Hi there,

This could be great or mean nothing. Reach out to the assistant ASAP to book.

When the invite comes through, look at the invitees list. If it's just you and the Partner, this is a networking/informational call - well done!

If it's with a number of other people, this is just a general call and it will be unlikely you get noticed - that said, still attend!

I'm more than happy to conduct some roleplay here to get you prepared for this - just let me know!



Ask For Yourself

While a coffee chat is a way for you to make a good impression, please remember that it's also about you making sure this job + path are right for you!

To prepare, think about things you'd like to learn about the company. Ask about your person's experience at the firm, where they've come from, if they have any advice for you etc. Be inquisitive and interested in what they have to say, and feel free to ask thoughtful follow-up questions.

Most importantly, remember this is a conversation! Keep it dynamic, two-way, etc.

Have Your Pitch Ready

In terms of what they'll ask you, make sure you have your 30 second pitch prepared! Who are you in a nutshell and why are you interested in Bain and strategy consulting?

Ask About Them

People love to talk about themselves. Just ask them what they've worked on recently or what their journey at BCG has been like. Importantly, do your research beforehand - find out what they've done and try and pick something from their past that looks interesting to you. Tailor your questions just like they tailor their FIT questions to your resume.

"So, how did you end up in the Industrial Goods sector?" "I saw you worked on a big digital transformation for a financial services company - I experienced one myself and it seemed so hard to move such a big organisation. What did you see as the major challenges and breakthrough moments?"



a) Reach out to people in your network

b) Reach out to people once removed from your network

c) Reach out to people with a similar backgorund to you (i.e. same alma mater, same historically underrepresented demographic i.e. gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc., same career switch, etc.)

d) Tailor a message to them specifically both showing interest in them and their journey and demonstrating that you have done your research and could be a valuable hire

e) Play "tag" across calls you get so that you can work your way towards the company/office/role you want

f) Never directly ask for a referral, but "hint" at needing one (this is nuanced and important...happy to talk through wording)

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replied on Apr 10, 2021
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This is great! The partner regularly sets aside time to talk. I would set up time with their assistant asap and then prepare for the call. Make sure you have a clear objective and a set of questions you genuinely want answers to during the call. Do not waste the time asking for details on their background or answers to questions you can find online.



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